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Forces of Nature Review

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  • 25

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Leads us down the garden path of romance, only to abandon us by the compost heap of uplifting endings. And it's not even clever enough to give us the right happy ending. It gives us the wrong happy ending.

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  • 25

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    Chicago Tribune

    If you are misguided or otherwise unfortunate enough to see Forces of Nature, you will find yourself the next day with but one image, one memory, in your head: Sandra Bullock's teeth. [19 March 1999, Friday, p.A]

  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie has the structure of a madcap romantic chase without the wiggy, busting-out freedom.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Works best as a ponderous metaphor for life's uncertainties. As a lighthearted comedy, the force, alas, is not with it. [19 March 1999, Life, p.13E]

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Aside from the likable performers, Forces of Nature's greatest strength is that it flouts several established conventions of the genre.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Over-the-top romcom about marriage has dark, mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Forces of Nature is a romantic comedy about having cold feet before marriage and involves some illegal drug use (a character smokes a joint while driving; an arrest follows), drinking to cope, a bachelor strip scene (no nudity), a gay-bar striptease to raise money (no nudity), and a subplot of a mother who abandoned her child. Overall the movie presents a fairly cynical take on the horrors of marriage. Though the ending message is ultimately pro-commitment, the heavy themes, sometimes dark messages, and sad circumstances are better for teens and adults.

  • Families can talk about the way the film portrays marriage. What do you think the movie was trying to say about the institution? Was it good or bad? Do you think it was realistic?
  • What does it mean to have cold feet before a big event? Have you ever had cold feet? What do you think it says about how you really feel about the occasion?
  • What attitudes does the film express about true love or finding "the one"? Do you think this is an accurate film about matters of the heart? Why, or why not? How do men talk about marriage in the film? What about women?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Forces of Nature explores positive and negative themes about loyalty and honesty in romantic relationships. Commitment and marriage are portrayed both as the ultimate positive sacrifice and as an outmoded, suffocating trap destined to make you miserable. Overall, the film's message errs on the side of commitment as worthy and honorable.

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    Role models: Although many adults in the film are well-intentioned, many offer bad or cynical advice while others make bad choices, are blatantly dishonest, assume false identities, scramble to avoid getting caught, and blatantly break commitments. Some adults try to point out bad behavior or rein others in, but overall main characters are presented as in a kind of moral crisis about their lives, and, as such, are not terribly admirable.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Minor peril involves a plane crash with minor injuries, a scuffle between men that involves punching, and a slew of natural disasters, including fires, hurricanes, and various kinds of inclement weather.

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    Sex: There is no direct nudity but plenty of sexuality and suggestiveness throughout. A woman and man perform a striptease at a gay bar in which a man undresses to his underwear while a woman writhes suggestively against him. A woman performs a striptease popping inflated balloons on her chest while wearing a thong and giving a man a suggestive lap dance. Men and women kiss passionately in a few scenes. A woman is shown undressing to shower, and the camera follows her back and legs before cutting away.

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    Language: Minor insulting language, gendered insults, and some profanity, such as "ungrateful bitch," "lying whore," "goddammit," "hell," and "shut up."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults are shown drinking at bars, strip clubs, and wedding-related ceremonies. A woman and man share a joint while driving; the man is arrested for drug possession. In one scene, a woman drinks straight from a bottle of wine while smoking a cigarette.