What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this predictably sweet romantic comedy, which will likely attract teen fans of star Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy), is an escapist, lightweight confection. While there aren't too many edges to the story -- no outright nudity, no raunchy sex romps, no bitter diatribes against men (or women) -- there's definitely some iffy stuff. Tom is clearly a player (though he's up front about his commitment issues with women, and they seem to like him anyway), marriage is lightly mocked, and a geeky character is made fun of time and time again. Characters also let loose with innuendoes and a few salty swear words here and there, there's a fair amount of drinking in social situations, and some products are pretty noticeable.
- Families can talk about what, if anything, makes this movie different from other romantic comedies?
- How does this movie define love? Is it a little too perfect? Is thatperfection the very reason that romantic comedies are so popular?
- Families can also discuss why Tom and Hannah never got together in thefirst place. Why did they just stay friends?
- Is it a good idea for themto move their relationship to the next level?
- Why should Hannah trustsomeone who's never really fallen in love?