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License to Wed Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… an otherwise non-blue crapfest. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Working from a flawed premise with characters lacking credibility and plot turns more moronic than funny, the movie flatlines in about five minutes.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    The inert License to Wed shambles along one lame scene after another.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Williams' grimace is starting to look desperate. Then again, no one comes off well in director Ken Kwapis' handling of this greasy screenplay.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The creepy-faced robot twin babies are funny (for a while); the rest of the film is not. It's like "Meet the Parents" with Dr. Phil as the officiant from hell.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The characters and plot lack even a shred of credibility.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Predictable wedding comedy is all about Williams.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teen girls -- especially those who are fans of Mandy Moore or The Office star John Krasinski -- will be interested in this romantic comedy. Because the plot revolves around a wacky minister's intense premarital counseling course, there's lots of talk about sexuality, parenting, communicating, and intimacy, but it's all handled in a comedic manner. The reverend's "no sex before the honeymoon" rule is harmlessly discussed and tested in many scenes -- although safe sex isn't discussed specifically. Language is on the mild side but includes "s--t," and "ass." The minister is highly unorthodox and all-too-willing to intrude inappropriately (illegal surveillance, for example) on couples in his class.

  • Families can talk about how romantic comedies typically depict engaged couples and weddings. Is the depiction at all realistic? Do you think a realistic look at a wedding would be as funny? What do you think of Robin Williams' portrayal of a clergyman? Do you prefer him in comedies or dramas?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Sends the message that if you truly want to marry someone, you'll overcome all your differences (and skip premarital counseling with a crazy minister). Reverend Frank is a very unorthodox (and intrusive) man of the cloth, going so far as to conduct illegal surveillance on the couples in his class.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Ben gets hit by a baseball while playing catch and ends up with a bloody nose.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sadie and Ben make out in bed and are shown right before having sex (she starts to undress him). They kiss and fool around in several scenes but stop short of doing the deed -- as per the reverend's instructions. Ben says he wants to play "pickle me, tickle me." The reverend encourages Sadie and Ben to discuss their likes and dislikes "in bed" with him. Ben's best friend jokes about not "getting any" after you're married. Safe sex isn't addressed specifically.

  • language false3

    Language: "S--t," "ass," "jackass," "pissed," "hell," "dammit," etc. One phrase that sounds worse than it is: "What the flock!"

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Sandals resort, 1-800-Flowers, Chicago Cubs, Dora the Explorer.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters (all of age) drink wine, beer, and champagne at bars and parties.