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Average: 7.94%
Pretty Bad: 19.05%
Total Crap39.68%

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Sweetest Thing, The
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by EricDSnider

"Not to be confused with the U2 song of the same name. Song good; movie bad."
2 stars

The plot of "The Sweetest Thing" is as follows: A woman meets a man whom she dismisses, then wonders, "What if?" On a romantic whim, she acts on what little information she has about him and attempts to track him down.

It is possible this sounds familiar to you. Not six months ago, it was John Cusack pursuing Kate Beckinsale this way in "Serendipity," and just before that, Lance Bass was stalking Emmanuelle Chriqui in "On the Line." It's an old romantic-comedy plot, and believe me, it has not been improved any in "The Sweetest Thing," which is altogether a rather rancid film.

For "The Sweetest Thing" has attempted to mix its genres. It takes the predictability of the romantic comedy, mixes it with the contrived highway mayhem of the road-trip movie, and throws in the people-who-unwittingly-ingest-disgusting-things of the teen gross-out flick. It is a goulash made of leftovers that weren't good to begin with.

This is a shame, for its two female stars, Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate, make a believable, likable pair of friends. Applegate apparently learned a few things about comedy while in the purgatory of "Married ... with Children," for she has flair and timing. Diaz has neither of those things, but she is cute and cuddly, and folks seem to like her, what with her puckish blue eyes and gargantuan mouth. Together, they have the familiarity and banter of old friends.

They play Christina and Courtney, two San Francisco gals who like to play around with guys and dump them when things get serious. They have a third friend, Jane (Selma Blair), who is in the movie only to pad out the running time. Her plotline -- she meets a guy and has sex with him -- is separate from the main thread, and her scenes are limited to one bad "Saturday Night Live"-style sketch after another.

Anyway, it's Christina (Diaz) who meets a handsome fellow named Peter (Thomas Jane) at a club and then decides to chase him, with Courtney along for moral support. On the way, the women endure much humiliation in a public restroom and at a wedding, among other places. It is all accompanied by awkward physical comedy and worn-out jokes such as exploding toilets and foul-mouthed old people (courtesy of an elderly man who looks like Elmer Fudd).

Former TV star Jason Bateman ("The Hogan Family," "Silver Spoons") appears in this film, but he gets puked on, so it's OK.

It is stunning that a film of only 84 minutes can be so grotesquely padded. Scenes dealing with the central plot occupy maybe 30 minutes; scenes of Jane and her sexual hijinks take another 15 or so. The rest is pure, unadulterated tangent -- fine for a farcical spoof like "Airplane!," but not for a romantic comedy, or whatever this thing thinks it is. The little skits and self-referential asides are startlingly out-of-place in a film of this nature.

It is written by Nancy M. Pimental, who used to work on "South Park," and directed by Roger Kumble, who gave us "Cruel Intentions" and its direct-to-video sequel. It will do nothing for either of their careers, for it displays all the worst tendencies of bad writers as well as of bad directors. Only the charisma of the actresses saves it, and even that just barely.

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User Comments

12/17/09 Nora These talented actresses debased themselves for nothing 1 stars
7/23/09 K. Glass A raunchy, rollicking comedy that garners, at the very least, covered-up snickers from all 5 stars
3/07/08 kiwi Absolute arse, the "penis song"... must be top 10 in the worst movie moments of all time. 1 stars
5/02/07 Tanith It is so funny and is a good learning lesson too. 5 stars
2/18/07 PrinceofMars The flick is crappy but I'd die for Christina anyway. 2 stars
2/05/07 lee This is what happens when women try to be funny. Worst movie ever! 1 stars
7/10/06 William Goss Despite the cast's genuine chemistry, the film lacks sincere laughs. 2 stars
1/02/06 cody hey it ok romantic comedy flick with sexy chicks, but it kind corny and had silly ending 3 stars
12/01/05 SG72 I just about peed my pants laughing! 5 stars
11/27/04 Jim Amusing nonsense. Applegate deserves to be a much bigger star. 3 stars
12/08/03 lilcutie funny as hell 5 stars
9/17/03 Ashley Corpening How do you know, pj? Most names before yours look pretty gender-neutral. 5 stars
6/03/03 Virgil I wasted 84 minutes watching this shit 1 stars
5/31/03 J. Sladen This movie was so bad, I left 5 minutes into it. 1 stars
5/12/03 Jack Bourbon I liked it, maybe because of the ass-slappable cooze who got the cock stuck in her throat. 4 stars
4/13/03 Jack Sommersby Pretty desperate stuff. Not as bad as reported, but far from recommendable. 2 stars
3/23/03 pj oh my, but all the awesomes are by girls and all the sucks by boys...? 3 stars
3/21/03 May Q. Horney Best unabashed comedy since DUMB AND DUMBER. 5 stars
3/15/03 The spam handler Oh my no. Not right. 2 stars
3/10/03 PRS Sorry, but this had me cracking up the entire time. A fun, mindless movie. LOVED APPLEGATE 5 stars
3/07/03 Taylor Fladgate :( 1 stars
2/27/03 sean don't take it seriuously, and you might like it. 3 stars
2/20/03 Dave Crap, apart from the hilarious 'penis' song. 2 stars
12/30/02 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng I switched off my brain and still found nothing to laugh at. Stick to "Sex and the City". 1 stars
10/09/02 Blubberbot boring 1 stars
10/07/02 Colin Selby a waste of my time and everybody elses 1 stars
10/03/02 jessica A GREAT MOVIE 5 stars
9/15/02 Bob Brimson I'd rather suck a tramps pants than watch this again. 1 stars
9/12/02 Uncle Salty See It Alone, Then Kill Yourself 1 stars
9/12/02 laron chapman funnier than theres something about mary. 5 stars
9/10/02 John McNew The feminine rendition of 'Slackers', Oh boy... 1 stars
9/03/02 Girl 9 Sweet it is NOT. Just plain ridiculous. 1 stars
9/03/02 seldom scene why do you guys hate this so much? it is very funny! 5 stars
8/28/02 viking funny as a hole in your head 1 stars
8/28/02 Boris Savc Diaz great. movie not so 3 stars
7/21/02 Peter Brook Why oh why is the divine Cameron in the middle of this glop? 1 stars
6/13/02 Edith the Maid and Meredith the Mermaid Falters, but in long run Cameron Diaz pulls out a decent raunchy romp.(beats VANILLA SKY!) 4 stars
5/11/02 Veronica Foxx (The Raven-Haired Temptress) I, too am offended that this is a gross out chickflick. As a chick, this horseshit stinks! 1 stars
4/30/02 wintermute I walked out after 40 mins. I am offended any studio thought i might want to watch this. 1 stars
4/17/02 Boogie Fleener Selma Blair should have been the star...of a different, superior movie altogether. Annoying 2 stars
4/16/02 zak don't waste your money 1 stars
4/16/02 kelvin torres one of the best comedy i've ever since 5 stars
4/16/02 Jake Utter crap. 1 stars
4/14/02 Banky Edwards Pretty Funny! Better than I expected, good gross out - funny jokes and hot hot women!!!!!! 4 stars
4/13/02 Lauren Diaz and Applegate have GREAT onscreen chemistry, but it is Applegate who steals the show 4 stars
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