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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Why is she (Bullock) demeaning herself with such shoddy goods? She’s a talented woman with a faithful following. She has made formula films of varying quality before, and her fans may well swallow this one, but it’s a formula for disappointment laced with dismay.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A serviceable and intermittently funny romance.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Recycles a plot that was already old when Tracy and Hepburn were trying it out. You see it coming from a great distance away. As it draws closer, you don't duck out of the way, because it is so cheerfully done, you don't mind being hit by it.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The situations might be formulaic, but the teamwork of the two leads brings them to sparkling life.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The chemical energy between Bullock and Reynolds is fresh and irresistible.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Charming romcom is best for older teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this charming romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds has a much talked-about scene in which the leads, both naked, accidentally crash into and fall down on top of each other. But since it's rated PG-13, all that's shown is a tumble of skin. There's also plenty of innuendo, as well as couple of passionate kisses and a comical scene featuring a flabby exotic dancer in a G-string. Language is the basic PG-13 variety ("ass," "bitch," and "s--t" are the main offenders), and there's some social drinking and product placement.

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to other romantic comedies. What do most Hollywood "romcoms" tend to have in common? How is this one different (if it is)?
  • Margaret isn't just Andrew's boss, but she's also clearly older than him. Is that a common scenario in romantic movies?
  • The movie's trailer prominently featured the "naked fall" scene. Did knowing about that gag make the scene any less funny? In general, do you think trailers give away too much, or just enough?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lessons about looking past the superficial.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Margaret treats employees poorly -- especially Andrew. She blackmailshim into marrying her, and he accepts. But as the movie goes forward,she realizes she can't do something so questionable. Andrew andMargaret both learn to look past each other's "covers" to unearth thereal person underneath. Andrew is a good role model as someone whodoesn't just use his family's money to live a life of entitlement butactually works hard for his accomplishments.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: In one scene, Margaret, who can't swim, falls into a lake and has to tread water for a few desperate seconds. The big "naked fall" scene is played for laughs, but it had to hurt...

  • sex false2

    Sex: The main characters accidentally crash into each other while completely nude (lots of skin is glimpsed, but no uncovered sensitive body parts). In addition to that, there are a few kisses, scenes of a couple in bed, references to morning erections, and a comical sequence of a flabby exotic dancer's strip tease (he gets down to a male G-string and pumps his hips near a woman's face).

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes "bitch," "ass," "damn," "s--t," "boobs," "hell," "oh my God," and "Jesus!"

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Several brands featured, including Starbucks, Apple (Mac), Pringles, Pepsi, and Hostess.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink at a cocktail party and at a bar, where one character gets buzzed.