What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this comedy, while mildly amusing and generally age-appropriate for older tweens (who are sure to want to see it), plays up stereotypes about women with its emphasis on shopping, consumerism, and conflict between friends. The main characters are fairly two dimensional, and they seem much more caught up in having the perfect wedding than in having a strong marriage. That said, the language is mild ("ass" and the like), and the sexuality is on the milder side (kisses, a brief glimpse at a bra and panties as a character changes) -- though a bachelorette party scene includes shirtless male strippers. There is a notable amount of drinking (tequila shots, especially), and prominently featured brands include the Plaza Hotel, Apple, Tiffany, and Vera Wang.
- Families can talk about how the movie portrays its two main characters -- why do they make their weddings into such a big deal? Why can't they just have two separate ceremonies in different places?
- What did trying to have a dream wedding cost Emma and Liv --emotionally and financially? Is it a good message to send girls thateveryone "deserves" a fancy wedding at the Plaza? Why are weddings sucha big deal in general?
- What role does the media play in making us think that the wedding is as important as the marriage?
- Parents, talk with your tweens about what a wedding really signifies --and what happens after the big day. The bachelorette party scene mightalso prompt a discussion about stripping. What's the appeal? Why doesit play such a prominent role in movies/TV shows about bachelor andbachelorette parties?