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… the least funny movie of 2005 … Read full review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A mess -- all high concept, stranded performances, and no laughs.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The story, though initially intriguing, is dicey. A seminal social satire has been spun off into a passionless romance and a wan comedy.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Aniston gets marooned here: Her comic instincts are muted by all the identity angst, yet there isn't sufficient dramatic material into which she can sink her teeth. Costner strolls through this role with disarming ease.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is not a great movie, but it's very watchable and has some good laughs. The casting of Aniston is crucial, because she's the heroine of this story, and the way it's put together there's danger of her becoming the shuttlecock. Aniston has the presence to pull it off.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    Easygoing but surprisingly likable comedy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Awkward, unfunny, and not meant for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film's premise has a young woman sleeping with a man whom she believes might be her father. Though he insists this is physically impossible, she worries about it more than once. Characters drink and smoke repeatedly (stereotypical signs of decadence).

  • Families can talk about Sarah's consistently bad decisions concerning her fiancé, her family, and her one-night stand. Though she says she's "scared," how does her "search for herself" end up hurting other people? How would Sarah's entire situation be different if only she had talked with her father first?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Newly enaged woman seeks out man she thinks might be her father, and sleeps with him (he also slept with her mother and grandmother).

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Awkward, inappropriate, ill-advised sexual situations (a young woman sleeps with someone she initially thinks might be her father); crude remarks by her grandmother; references to condoms and " testicular trauma."

  • language false3

    Language: Grandmother repeatedly uses bad language (" bastard, "d--k '" ," f-word).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Much smoking by grandmother; sex initiated by two drunk characters; social drinking by everyone, wih specific referencs to vodka and other liquors.