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1.0

Dave White Profile

No, not even for Betty White. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    28

    out of 100

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    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Has no inherent laughs, so an extremely versatile and talented cast struggles mightily to make something funny that simply isn't.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie's pleasures are scant, apart from its observance of Gene Siskel's Rule of Swimming Pool Adjacency, which states that when well-dressed people are near a swimming pool, they will - yeah, you got it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    As the girl fights and rivalry play out, flashes of wit are obscured by the plot's contrivances.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Yes, You Again. We've met before.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Great cast, but "mean girl" wedding comedy is mediocre.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this wedding comedy is about rivalries among women, it's quite family-friendly (if not exactly hilarious). There's no swearing (just insults like "loser"), overt sexuality or suggestiveness (just a few kisses and mild flirting), or consumerism (the featured brands are fictional). You'll see plenty of pratfalls and physical comedy, but nothing that feels "violent." Families looking for something without all the strong stuff will be pleased, since the movie's overall message is quite positive for tweens and teens: You can rise above your high school self (whether you were the bully or the bullied), and it's never too late to say you're sorry -- or to be forgiven.

  • Families can talk about how high school behavior and bullying can impact people for the rest of their lives. How were all the women characters impacted by their high school selves?
  • Is there an expiration date for apologies? Was Marni right to want Joanna to apologize for her behavior in high school? What about Gail and Ramona? Did someone need to apologize in that relationship?
  • Are high schoolers really as mean as Joanna was to Marni? Is what happened to her believable? What other ways do today's teens have to bully each other?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: In this movie, there's good news for both "mean girls" and those who are less than popular -- both rise above their high school stereotypes to become much happier, more fulfilled individuals. The characters also prove that it's never too late to apologize for hurting or bullying someone.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Joanna proves that just because you're a high school "mean girl" doesn't mean you have to stay that way forever. The way she changes her life is admirable, even if she doesn't apologize right away. Gail is a good role model, because even though she's a bit jealous of her former best friend, she's also very happy with her own life. Marni also shows that just because you were made fun of in school doesn't mean you continue to be bullied throughout adulthood.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Lots of pratfalls and physical comedy. The worst of it is when two characters fall on a collapsing treehouse and end up with broken limbs. Other physical gags involve a character who falls in an ant pile and is covered with tiny ant bites and a character who always accidentally hits a guy she's interested in whenever they're in the same room. The female rivals push each other into the pool, dump food on each other, and throw dishes at each other.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A few kisses between married or engaged couples and one big kiss for the protagonist. The engaged couple touches each other affectionately a lot, and Marni flirts with the best man.

  • language false1

    Language: Bullying-type insults include "MOO!" "loser," "stupid," "cheater," etc. Also "oh God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: All of the labels mentioned in the movie are fictional.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Champagne toast, cocktails, and wine at a couple of dinners and receptions. Everyone who drinks is a grown-up.

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