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Dave White Profile

If it's too un-loud you're too old. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Everyone in the cast (including Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber, and Caplan's Party Down colleague Martin Starr) is talented enough to deserve a stronger story line than this.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Short on both romance and humor.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Racy romcom has realistic characters but needs more plot.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Save the Date is an indie romantic comedy about two sisters at opposite end of the relationship spectrum -- one is busy planning her wedding, while the other is coming off a bad break-up. Expect frank emotional discussions, both between the siblings and between couples, and many sex scenes; they don't show any sensitive body parts, but they're still plenty racy (including some vigorous motions and explicit sounds). Characters drink, get drunk, smoke pot, and make bad decisions while wasted. There's also plenty of swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," and more.

  • Families can talk about how Save the Date presents sex and relationships. Does it offer realistic, healthy alternatives to being with someone? Parents, talk to you teens about your own values on these topics.
  • What do you think about the sisterly relationship between Sarah and Beth? Does it seem realistic? Teens: If you have siblings, how do you think you'll get along with them when you're adults?
  • Talk about Sarah's choices. Why did she reject a proposal? Who do you think is the best partner for her, Kevin, Jonathan, or neither?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Sarah and Beth are both muddling through life and trying to do the right thing. They're not completely successful, but that feels pretty realistic. In the end, they, like most everyone else, are seeking happiness and end up willing to accept whatever life hands them in that respect.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Sarah and Beth have a very close relationship, and the film shows how they manage to get along both in good times and when they're at odds with each other. But, must Sarah always be with a guy? The movie doesn't seem to explore the other obvious choice: being happy on your own.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Emotional bickering between two sisters and between a couple that's breaking up. One very brief fist fight.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Several sex scenes, some including suggestions of oral sex. No sensitive body parts are visible, but the sequences look and sound like real people having intimate encounters, including playful banter, energetic thrusting, and plenty of moans and groans. One man has a very obvious erection when he strips down to his boxers.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent swearing includes "f--k," "bitch," "d--k," and several variations of "s--t."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A few characters use Mac laptops and sometimes drink Heineken beer.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Many scenes show adult characters drinking -- at bars, at parties, at home -- and several people get quite drunk. While inebriated, some get wistful, some get hostile, and one woman falls asleep with her head on the bar. People make poor choices while under the influence, including dropping in unannounced on former lovers. A few scenes also show adults smoking pot.