What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this romantic comedy, while often charming, reinforces the idea that being in a relationship is the surest way to be happy. Both male and female characters conform to fairly standard romcom "types," and while the movie attempts to shed fresh light on the ups and downs of dating, it all boils down to how men and women long for someone to love. Expect some mild nudity (nothing sensitive shown), swearing, and social drinking. The question of whether or not one character is smoking in secret plays a significant role in the movie. One storyline deals with infidelity, and there are a few heated exchanges between couples.
- Families can talk about how the film portrays dating and romance. Ask your teens if this is what they think adult relationships are really like.
- Do the characters in the movie seem realistic, or are they exaggerated"types"? Are men really that unable to communicate? Are they reallythat insensitive? And is it really true that women can't -- or won't --read their signs?
- Do you think the women in the movie are more or lessstereotyped than the men? Is that typical in Hollywood romanticcomedies?
- What do you think of the role that cigarettes andsmoking play in the film? What's the impact of seeing smoking in movies?