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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » The Sweetest Thing - Unrated
The Sweetest Thing - Unrated
Columbia/Tri-Star // Unrated // August 20, 2002
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Review by Loren Halek | posted August 29, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

After watching The Sweetest Thing, all I could think about is how much time I wasted watching it in the first place. This has to easily be one of the worst motion pictures I have seen in a good number of years. Built upon a preposterous encounter, this movie seems to like to push the American Pie envelope for lewd and crude. Problem for this movie is that both AP's did a far better job at displaying lewd and crude in a funny style. This movie falls flat on its face.

The Sweetest Thing stars Cameron Diaz (Christina), Christina Applegate (Courtney) and Selma Blair (Jane). The plot is built around Jane just recently being dumped by her boyfriend. Christina decides to take her out for a night of partying at a local club and getting her hooked up with a guy to get over her depression. Here they meet Peter (Thomas Jane), who Christina tries to set up with Jane. Peter declines and Christina gives him the third degree about it. They run into each other again later at the club and it is obvious that they are starting to get along.

Peter's brother (Jason Bateman) is getting married and Courtney gets Christina to go to the wedding to track Peter down. The middle part of the movie has much in common with the AP movies, but the way they do it is just awful. Courtney and Christina go through pratfalls such as having a pipe burst in a bathroom and them having to run around in their undergarments or Courtney dropping her lipstick and Christina going to grab it. A motorcyclist comes up on the passenger side and sees Christina's butt and Courtney decides to start making it look like they are getting it on. It is absolutely amazing how far the director and characters will go with this crap script.

The only saving grace of this movie in my mind is Jason Bateman. I have not seen him in a long time and I am glad to see that he is getting some work. Now I just wish he had gotten a better job than this. Director Roger Kumble (Cruel Intentions) should never have taken up this movie and Cameron Diaz should never have agreed to appear in it. If Cameron did not have Charlie's Angels I would say this could have destroyed her career. Kumble was so good in Cruel Intentions, why did he do this movie?

Overall this was a horrible movie. The only funny thing about it is how outrageous they get in trying to make people laugh. This movie just fell flat, both from a romance and comedy standpoint.


The DVD

Video: This film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. I did not notice much in the way of defects. It is obvious that some of the sets looked bad, but overall the presentation is quite good.

Sound: Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. This was actually a pretty good part of the movie. The soundtrack, while not spectacular, had some good songs in it. Not a whole lot of rear directionality, but then again this is a romantic comedy, not an action flick.

Menus: Animated background with pictures from the movie.

Extras:

Audio Commentary: This is with director Roger Kumble, Cameron Diaz, Jason Bateman, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair. I did not listen to the whole thing, but for a group commentary it was not too bad. They had a lot of fun, including hitting helium every once in a while. It is good to see the actors did not take the film very seriously. I could not stand through this movie a second time, but maybe this would be a better thing to listen to instead of the feature itself.

A Day in the Life of Nancy Pimental: This is a 20 minute borefest. It is a joke documentary about how Nancy went about creating the characters in this movie. I certainly hope this woman never sees another job in Hollywood. Whoever gave her a wad of money should be taken out back and shot, Old Yeller style. I did not sit through this whole thing, it just pissed me off that a writer like this could be making big budget movies when I bet there are other writers out there with better material.

Trailers: Mr. Deeds, Charlie's Angels, Cruel Intentions and Enough

Others: a making of (skipped), storyboard comparisons (cool just to see them storyboard the "lesbian" scene) and a filmography.

Final Thoughts: This is probably one of the worst movies I have seen in a while. I am so glad I did not go to the theater to watch this crap. Do yourself a favor and rent Cruel Intentions from the same director. That movie is miles above this one in my opinion. I reiterate that I hope Nancy Pimental never finds work as a writer again. Yes, she worked on South Park and was the co-host of Win Ben Stein's Money, but the former is certainly far better than this is. The Sweetest Thing (which is said once in the movie) is crap. Skip it.
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