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The Sweetest Thing (2002)

  Directed by: Roger Kumble
Written by: Nancy Pimental
Starring: Christina Applegate, Jason Bateman, Selma Blair, Cameron Diaz, Thomas Jane, Parker Posey
Links: The Sweetest Thing on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 4.50 (2 ratings) Ranking: Ranked equal 158th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Revised and updated for 2003" - a review by andy-j

Christina (Cameron Diaz) and Courtney (Christina Applegate) are best buddies. Young, single and very good looking, they seem to have the world at their feet and the pick of the boys. Both are cocky, confident and, along with their newly-single friend Jane (Selma Blair), love to have fun. One evening at a nightclub, Christina runs into a guy called Peter Donahue (Thomas Jane) and they are instantly attracted to each other, though neither would ever admit to it. Courtney eventually convinces Christina to go chasing after Peter - something she's never done before, and from here, all the usual (frustrating) misunderstandings and hijinx occurs...

The Sweetest Thing is funny, and it's a lot naughtier than I would have expected for this type of light-hearted romantic comedy. Going into this sort of film, you don't expect to witness single girls generally behaving like men and talking openly about the nitty-gritty of sex and the dating games they play. I was pleasantly surprised at this direction. It worked well and added some unexpected freshness to the film.

Unfortunately, it's still a romantic comedy, and, as a result, is prone to the stupid on-again-off-again are-they-or-aren't-they relationship nonsense that seems to come with the territory of this type of movie. I loathe that crap. Cameron Diaz is great - Christina is a strong character and she does a fine job. And Christina Applegate is just naturally funny.

The Sweetest Thing's predictable storyline and weak character development hamper the hijinx and giggles somewhat. Quite enjoyable stuff nonetheless.

andy-j gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review last updated on Fri 14 Nov 2003

"You're... too crap to be seen by me" - a review by pearly

I really didn't think much of this movie. I mean, I understand what it was trying to achieve, but it didn't click with me at all. It's about three 20-something girls who are out to have a good time, and who grow over the course of the movie when they realise that it's time to look for Mr Right, instead of just Mr Right Now (as the tag line so lovingly puts it).

Christina (Cameron Diaz) is the head good-timer, with a string of guys left in her wake, and it is her that the movie focuses on, as she chases after a guy that she meets in a bar, and cannot get out of her head. She is helped in this quest by Courtney (Christina Applegate), and less so by Jane (Selma Blair), who the other two do not seem to hold in as high regard (or if so, they come across as quite patronising towards her - and is it a coincidence that she is called (plain) Jane?). This is one of the things I didn't understand about the movie: what is the relationship between these three? The way that Christina and Court treated Jane just totally bothered me.

And if there was one thing I could have done without, it was the musical interludes. I didn't think they added to the movie at all, in fact, I thought they took away from the flow, and I didn't find them funny, I just wanted to get to the next bit of the movie. On the whole, I didn't find the movie funny, but maybe that's just because I'm not big on jokes focusing around girls pretending to be lesbians whilst driving, so that the guy on the motorbike beside them ogles and then has an accident. I don't think that you can take something that's not funny when it's guys, and turn it into something that is funny (or clever, or whatever) just because it's done with girls.

There's also a very fine line you have to tread to make chatting directly to the camera work. And this line is stomped all over in The Sweetest Thing, in both the "movie montage" scene, and the closing credits. It doesn't work. Oh, how it doesn't work.

I was going to say that I don't understand why Parker Posey would agree to be in this film, but I guess if there's one thing you can say about her, it's that she's not exactly picky! Oh, and put Jason Bateman back where you found him, and let us never speak of him again. And while you're at it, put that horrendous grandfather character there too.

pearly gives this movie 3 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 7 Aug 2003

Movie review statistics

Number of reviews: 2
Average rating: 4.50
Lowest rating: 3 (by pearly)
Highest rating: 6 (by andy-j)
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Reader comments

  1. Ok, it's a popcorn movie. Some people like to watch these to veg out and be passively entertained. I certainly do!

    The scene in the ladies room with several sets of hands feeling up the authenticity of Christina Applegate's breasts whilst she maintains a straight conversation is hilarious. She's well aware that her fan base stems from being "Al Bundy's hot daughter", and milks it well.

    Rating given: 5

    A comment from Adam ( on Thu 30 Oct 2003 14:40 #

  2. I so regret giving it an 8. It should get a 5. It's really not THAT great. I'm too lazy to go changing my review though.

    Rating given: 5

    A comment from Andrew on Fri 14 Nov 2003 12:23 #

  3. Change it you lazy sod!

    Your review puts it up waaaaay too high in the overall stats.

    A comment from nofreelist's own pearly on Fri 14 Nov 2003 12:51 #

  4. Done and done!

    A comment from Andrew on Fri 14 Nov 2003 13:16 #

  5. great movie

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Jamie on Sun 11 Jan 2004 16:59 #

  6. Excellent entertainment ! This is the kind of movie that you wanna watch when you don't wanna think... It is pure fun ! You must have liked "Sex & the city + Austin Powers + American Pie" to enjoy that movie.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Alex on Thu 15 Jun 2006 00:28 #

  7. This movie is absolutely hilarious. Many girls act and talk like this with their best girlfriends. The movie montage is hilarious and Cameron Diaz and Chrsitina Applegate are great together. This is great comedy version of sex and the city. Absolutely love it!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Jennifer on Mon 10 Jul 2006 09:16 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 7.60 (5 ratings)

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