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The Sweetest Thing (2002)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  12 April 2002 (USA)
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A girl finds she is forced to educate herself on the etiquette of wooing the opposite sex when she finally meets Mr. Right.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Adams ...
Aunt Frida
Herbert W. Ankrom ...
Wedding Guest #3 (as Herbert Ankrom)
Geeky Guy
Brawling Bridesmaid
Vahe Bejan ...
Taxi Driver
Joe Bellan ...
Mr. Martin
Greta (as Chelsea Lee Bond)
Wedding Guest #1 (as Alexander S. Chance)
Judy's Mother
Charlie Dell ...
Wedding Priest
Richard Denni ...


To ease their roommate through a relationship-induced depression, Christina Walters and Courtney Rockcliffe take her out on the town. During their attempts to find her "Mr. Right Now", Christina meets Peter Donahue. Missing her opportunity with him that night, Christina is talked into pursuing him to his brother's wedding. Written by Sean Lewis <>

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A romantic comedy without the sugar. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Nancy Pimental Project  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$684,678 (Italy) (22 November 2002)


$1,741,972 (Italy) (6 December 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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James Mangold:  Dr. Greg, Courtney's boyfriend. See more »


When Christina sits down to read the 10 commandments she breaks off a piece of the cookie. When the girls come into the room and Christina is crying, the cookie on the plate is whole. See more »


Chuck: That's why girls always go to the bathroom together!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits show a montage of scenes, outtakes and the 5 main cast members are sitting on a couch talking directly to the audience. After the credits roll, the cast tells the audience that the movie is over, and to go home. See more »


Spoofs Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) See more »


Sexual Revolution
Written by Macy Gray, Jeremy Ruzumna, Darryl Swann and Dave Wilder
Performed by Macy Gray
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Winning Performances by Diaz, Applegate
15 April 2002 | by (Salem, Oregon) – See all my reviews

A film that features a `Movie Montage' and divulges (finally!) why women really go to the restroom together, this is a fun and funny romp, a bit crude around the edges, perhaps, but for the most part, `The Sweetest Thing,' directed by Roger Kumble, is harmless, pleasant entertainment that will make you laugh out loud and feel good for the rest of the day. And that's not such a bad deal, in my book.

Christina (Cameron Diaz), Courtney (Christina Applegate) and Jane (Selma Blair) are close friends, single and young, who have for some time been living the high life in San Francisco, each of whom seems committed to avoiding commitment in any relationship (except for Jane, who's been with the same guy for nearly a year now). Christina's motto is, Don't look for `Mr. Right,' look for `Mr. Right Now!' After all, girls just wanna have fun. But the men in their lives do not necessarily want to play the same game, which Jane finds out the hard way when her boyfriend dumps her suddenly. And though they don't realize it at first, Jane's situation is about to become the catalyst for all of them to do some reevaluating as to where all the fun, freedom and frolicking is taking them in their lives. They're all closing in on thirty (Christina is twenty-eight, the others about the same), and somehow, the `love ‘em and leave ‘em' thing doesn't seem to be all that fun anymore. And wouldn't you know it, Christina has just met a guy named Peter (Thomas Jane) at a nightclub, but doesn't realize how much she is attracted to him until after she lets him slip away. And the next day she just can't quit thinking about him. Suddenly, the shoe is on the other foot, and Christina discovers that it's just not such a good fit...

Bolstered by the engaging performances of his leading ladies, as well as a terrific supporting cast, Kumble has crafted and delivered a comedy that provides plenty of laughs and a good time for all. Written by Nancy M. Pimental (a staff writer for TV's `South Park'), it's romantic without being sappy, and raunchier than what you usually get when the story is presented from the female perspective. Even so, it barely skirts Farrelly Brothers territory, comparatively, except for one scene-- involving a `piercing'-- that may be a bit too much for some tastes; but even that scene is carefully structured and presented in such a way that the filmmakers were clearly going for just plain funny, rather than anything gross or offensive. And-- subjectively, at any rate-- they succeeded. The story reflects a certain moral ambiguity consistent with today's society (similar in that regard to such TV shows as `Friends'), but this film is not meant to be taken too seriously or pondered too deeply; it's a film that was made to make you laugh. And it does.

Cameron Diaz is a wonderful actor who can do drama with the best of them (As Julie in `Vanilla Sky,' or Carol in `Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,' for example), but she definitely has a natural affinity for comedy (Kim, in `My Best Friend's Wedding,'-- in which she steals the show from Julia Roberts-- or Mary, in `There's Something About Mary'). She's a gifted, charismatic beauty with a grounded, down-to-earth sense of who she is and what she can do, and apparently has no problem with putting ego and vanity aside in deference to the demands of her craft. And it's an attitude that's enabled her to create a lasting impression and some truly memorable characters in film after film, as she does here with her Christina (which is one of the main reasons this film is so palatable). She has an alluring screen presence that serves her well (as it does her films), and she just keeps getting better and better with every project.

Another reason this film works so well is because of Christina Applegate, who gives a winning performance as Courtney. Pairing her with Diaz was inspired casting; they play beautifully off of one another, and it makes their scenes together a delight to watch. Some of the things they do is just flat out funny-- like their `Movie Montage,' which is absolutely hilarious. Like Diaz, Applegate has a natural charm that comes through well on the big screen, and this film, hopefully, should prove to be the catalyst that will finally take her career in that direction and enable her to at last shed her `Kelly Bundy' persona, once and for all.

As Jane, Selma Blair also makes a good impression, even though-- due to the storyline-- she is somewhat overshadowed by her co-stars. Her part may be smaller, but she has her moments, and manages to hold her own during her scenes with Diaz and Applegate.

Turning in notable performances, as well, are Thomas Jane, as the guy who may or may not be `the one' in Christina's life; indie queen Parker Posey, who brings her trademark quirkiness to the role of Judy, the beautiful bride; and Jason Bateman, who's become an outstanding character actor (he's come a long way since `Silver Spoons'), as Roger, Peter's brother.

Rounding out the supporting cast are Damon Williams (Wedding Guest), Georgia Engel (Vera), Johnathon Schaech (Leather Coat Guy), Eddie McClintock (Michael), Don Winston (Eric), Manny Rodriguez (Paramedic) and Andrea Sabesin (Sheila). A right-on comedy that is going to appeal to a wide audience, not only because of the performances, but because it's clever, agreeable and accessible, `The Sweetest Thing' is exactly what it is supposed to be: Funny. Still, be forewarned-- there are a couple of scenes that will be hard for those with certain sensibilities to embrace, and accordingly, it has an `R' rating. But if you can go with the flow, and think Chaucer, Rabelais and Balzac, this is one you're going to enjoy. It's the magic of the movies. 8/10.

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