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My Best Friend's Wedding Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    And when [Roberts is] on screen with Mulroney, who seems a frat-house jerk -- all dimples and a perma-tan -- we don't feel much of anything.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Mulroney is a drip with not a milliliter of chemistry with either woman. Roberts doesn't really seem to care about him so much as the fact that life is passing her by. Though, that may be the point.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The film makers understand that it's possible for a romantic comedy to appeal not only to the heart, but to the mind as well.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    One of the pleasures of Ronald Bass' screenplay is the way it subverts the usual comic formulas that would fuel a plot like this.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    More thoughtful than advertised. And as a confection, it's less sweet and more flavorful than your average wedding cake. [20 June 1997]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

A poor imitation of a screwball comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are a few sex jokes and some profanity, including "tramp" and "slut." The film also revives the antiquated notion that women must tear each other down to win the love of a man. It also proffers a version of love that's unrequited, dishonest, and manipulative.

  • Families can talk about definition of love that this movie exerts. What's the difference between a crush and love? Do you think it's real love if it's unrequited? Is the pain of love a good reason to lie and manipulate? What qualities should love bring out in people? It's also a good opportunity for families to talk about how teens can handle romantic feelings about a platonic friend.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Julianne lies and manipulates to break up an engagement, including writing a fake email that hurts Michael. Kimmie speeds, tailgates, and cuts people off in traffic. Julianne steals a truck. A gay man goes in the closet to pretend to be Julianne's fiancé.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false0

    Sex: Michael kisses Kimmie passionately once and more chastely several times. Julianne and Michael kiss once, even though Michael is engaged. A bridesmaid gets her tongue stuck on an ice sculpture of David.

  • language false3

    Language: A few salty phrases and words, including "goddamn," "asshole," "bitch," "hell," "tramp," and "slut."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: One mention of the Embassy Suites.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Julianne smokes regularly. Many characters drink beer.