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The Sweetest Thing

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Roger Kumble
  • 86 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Selma Blair and Christina Applegate. Career girl Christina and her two brash friends, Courtney and Jane, dedicate themselves to dating without emotional ties. But when Christina unexpectedly meets the handsome Peter, only for him to disappear the next day, she decides to break her relationship rules and hunt him down.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Cruel Intentions director Roger Kumble gives crass humour a feminine edge in this bright and frothy take on the "chick flick". Essentially a straight romantic comedy clothed in Farrelly brothers-style laughs, it emphasises that single women can be just as irreverent as their male counterparts. The end result is something akin to a celluloid hen night, as serial heartbreaker Christina (Cameron Diaz) and her two brash best friends (the hilarious Selma Blair and Christina Applegate) encounter the highs and lows of commitment-free love. These Sex and the City-type frivolities incorporate outrageous though occasionally jarring scenes - such as Diaz's eye-opening naivety in a men's toilet. Predictably, all that the women secretly yearn for is long-term emotional security, therefore providing this uneven film with a forced, saccharine conclusion. However, for the most part it's a sharp and well-observed look at the modern dating game, though some of the high jinks may upset the easily offended.

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Credits

Cast

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Christina WaltersCameron Diaz
Courtney RockliffeChristina Applegate
Peter DonahueThomas Jane
Jane BurnsSelma Blair
Roger DonahueJason Bateman
Judy WebbParker Posey
Aunt FridaLillian Adams
Wedding guest threeHerbert Ankrom
Geeky guyBryan Anthony
VeraGeorgia Engel

Crew

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DirectorRoger Kumble

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2002-08-30
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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