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The Sweetest Thing

comedy, romance

A girl finds she is forced to educate herself on the etiquette of wooing the opposite sex when she finally meets Mr. Right.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5

Extremely lowbrow -- definitely not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some of the most explicit sexual references and situations ever included in a mainstream film. There are extensive and graphic jokes about oral sex (including a humiliating visit to the dry cleaner and a medical emergency involving a very personal piercing). Parents should exercise the strongest caution in exposing kids or teens to the language and behavior in this movie.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Christina was afraid to get close to a man and why she was so concerned about having the power in her relationships. They should also talk about the way the friends showed loyalty and unconditional acceptance to each other.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A bunch of intermittently amusing sketches that collectively don't add up to much of a picture.

- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Friday, April 12, 2002

Rotten: This picture is one of the flattest, stupidest, unfunniest sex comedies -- as well as one of the worst all-round pictures -- I've ever seen.

- Charles Taylor,, Friday, April 26, 2002


- David Ansen, Newsweek, Thursday, November 1, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The idea forwarded here seems to be that cows can be just as stupid and lewd and backward as bulls (!!!). The result amazingly reaches the same conclusion: boring, and embarrassingly so. The cast, however brave, fails to lift the material. The groaning you will hear, that'd be you.

- ApeneckFletcher, Monday, September 26, 2011

4 stars

Hilarious! Some of the scenes were cringing but you couldn't help but laugh.

- murphmann93, Thursday, June 23, 2011

3 stars

This movie is one big hot mess, but it's so disastrously, disgustingly fun I don't even care.

- jennifxu, Friday, April 29, 2011