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The Romantics Review

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  • 38

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The Romantics is a misnomer. "The Spoiled Melodramatics" would be more accurate. Or better yet, "The Pretentious Ones."

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  • 42

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Clumsy camera work adds to the pre-wedding jitters in writer-director Galt Niederhoffer's pashmina-thin drama about attractive self-congratulatory Yale alumni gathering for the nuptials of two of their own.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Landing somewhere between a generational comedy and soap opera, the film is forgettable fun.

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Iffy for 15+

Indie wedding drama is too mature for young teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this indie wedding drama focuses on mature themes like marriage, infidelity, relationships, and post-college malaise that aren't age-appropriate for younger teens. Although some of the stars (especially Anna Paquin and Katie Holmes) may appeal to younger audiences, the nuances of this drama (which ultimately isn't very pro-marriage) are best for those who are in or out of college. Expect several passionate kisses, plus one scene that shows the groom-to-be about to have sex with someone other than his fiancee and another scene in which a bridesmaid makes out with a groomsman who isn't her husband. Language includes "s--t" and "bitch," and there's both excessive drinking (some characters get ridiculously drunk) and some drug use (cocaine).

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about marriage and friendship. Do you think its take on grown-up relationships is realistic?
  • What are the consequences of the characters' iffy behavior? Do you think the same consequences would happen in real life?
  • Why do thefriends keep bringing up their college antics? What does this implyabout their lives after graduating?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The couples who are married or in monogamous relationships are portrayed as untrustworthy and, in a couple of cases, unfaithful. A bride claims that her friend's dalliance with her fiance is an infidelity on the friend's part but not her husband-to-be's, which sends the message that it's the woman who's unfaithful, not the man. Undergraduate life is shown as the pinnacle of the friends' lives, as if what comes after is completely anticlimactic. Class-ism and anti-semitism are hinted at but never explored in depth.

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    Role models: There aren't any clearly positive role models in this movie -- all of the characters are ridiculously self-absorbed late-twentysomethings. Everyone acts selfishly, and a few characters betray their spouses or friends.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: Lots of sexuality and relationship issues. The groom and a bridesmaid kiss passionately and may or not may have had sex (it's unclear). The bride and groom share several short kisses. A married bridesmaid makes out with a groomsman, while her husband strips and runs around with another bridesmaid (but they don't kiss). Friends skinny-dip, and viewers see lots of skin and underwear, but no outright nudity.

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    Language: Language includes words such as "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," and other milder insults.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The seven best friends (minus the bride-to-be) get ridiculously drunk; two do lines of cocaine. The bride's brother is so drunk that someone jokes about whether he shouldn't have an ankle bracelet on. Before the friends get totally wasted, everyone at the rehearsal dinner is drinking socially.