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The Sweetest Thing (2002)

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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.


Roger Kumble
4,112 ( 281)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Adams Lillian Adams ... Aunt Frida
Herbert W. Ankrom Herbert W. Ankrom ... Wedding Guest #3 (as Herbert Ankrom)
Bryan Anthony ... Geeky Guy
Christina Applegate ... Courtney Rockcliffe
Linda Asuma ... Brawling Bridesmaid
Jason Bateman ... Roger Donahue
Vahe Bejan ... Taxi Driver
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... Mr. Martin
Selma Blair ... Jane Burns
Chelsea Bond ... Greta (as Chelsea Lee Bond)
Alexander Chance ... Wedding Guest #1 (as Alexander S. Chance)
Judith Chapman ... Judy's Mother
Charlie Dell ... Wedding Priest
Richard Denni Richard Denni ... Gramps
Cameron Diaz ... Christina Walters


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 <agvii@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


First came the rules of love. Now comes the fun. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Nancy Pimental Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,430,667, 14 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (unrated) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A third of the film's $50 million budget went on Cameron Diaz's salary (the film only made $68 million). See more »


In the Chinese restaurant, Courtney's jacket disappears while she's reading the menu (edited version only). See more »


Courtney: Oh, you know, the usual. Defending the rights of my broken hearted clients and try to squeeze every single penny out of their miserable cheating spouses.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

A song and dance sequence entitled "The Penis Song" was originally part of the cut screened for test audiences, but the reaction caused them to delete it from the final US theatrical cut. It was however included in the European version. The song itself is based on the song 'I'm Too Sexy' by British Band 'Right Said Fred'. The lyrics have since been changed however and now refer to how the central characters lie to their lovers about Penis length. Lyrics include "You're to big to fit in there' (referring to all female orifices) accompanied by similar descriptive phrases and exclamations. The scene quickly evolves into a large 'song and dance' piece including waiting staff as backing dances and an elderly lady as lead vocalist. See more »


References When Harry Met Sally... (1989) See more »


How Do I Live
Written by Diane Warren
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User Reviews

Utter Tripe.
29 June 2015 | by troyputlandSee all my reviews

There's nothing sweet about this thing. This movie is derogatory to women. Cameron Diaz is part of a hapless trio of single women who're looking for Mr. Right Now, rather than Mr. Right. They're a bad influence on their viewers. Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate float their way through a loose. mediocre storyline; a trip to see Diaz's (potential) love of her life, and once and for all grow up. Silly, cumbersome acts are played out, including Diaz getting someone's junk in the eye, Blair ending up with a (particular) piercing stuck between her teeth and the three of them pretending to orgasm in a restaurant, which then turns in to a cabaret act. None of this drives the storyline, but instead furthers their incomprehensible attitude towards life in their 30's. Ridiculous.

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