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The Sweetest Thing (2002)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 107
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 79

A collection of hit-or-miss gags tied together by a thin plot.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 20

A collection of hit-or-miss gags tied together by a thin plot.



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Former South Park writer and Win Ben Stein's Money sidekick Nancy Pimental makes her feature screenwriting debut with this relationship comedy. Cameron Diaz stars as Christina Walters, a jaded, club-hopping single woman in San Francisco who has given up trying to find the perfect mate to focus on "Mr. Right Now." Her equally cynical friend, Courtney (Christina Applegate), a divorce attorney, shares much the same attitude, while their pal, Jane (Selma Blair), is more starry-eyed and na´ve.


Comedy, Romance

Nancy M. Pimental

Aug 20, 2002


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Female characters should be allowed to engage in raunchy humor on the big screen; they already do on the small one with Sex and the City. But unlike that HBO series, The Sweetest Thing has no guts.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

April 26, 2002 Full Review Source:
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Seems to have been assembled (at short notice, with blindfolds on) by people who have never seen any movies outside of Cameron Diaz vehicles.

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Loses its sense of humor in a vat of failed jokes, twitchy acting, and general boorishness.

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The Sweetest Thing has nothing insightful to say about relationships, and nothing funny to say about the singles scene.

April 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Extremely lowbrow -- definitely not for kids.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

It's not great or inspired by any means, but it's cute and amusing enough.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Call it a younger, West Coast cousin to Sex and the City, or There's Something About Mary from the woman's point of view.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

If a date suggests the two of you should go and see this film dump them.

February 13, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

...Mixes smut and wacky girlfriend antics in equal parts, often scoring the guilty chuckle in spite of itself, with plenty of bra-and-panty shots to please the guys.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Just when you think it's going to be a sappy chick flick, The Sweetest Thing surprises with a lewd joke or half-naked girl.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

Cameron Diaz "comedy" follows the Farrelly brothers' path with degrading, unfunny "jokes" that make you feel unclean just watching them.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Fundamentally ugly in its supposition of normalcy in its uncreative, sex-starved protagonists.

August 25, 2002 Full Review

The overriding effect of watching these actresses debase themselves is the cinematic equivalent of a motorway car wreck.

August 13, 2002 Full Review Source:

...'forgettable' is one of the best things one could call this film.

July 31, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Una especie de There's Something about Mary pero que no termina de cuajarse en algo concreto y termina siendo una... una... una no s qu es lo que termina siendo!

July 22, 2002

...this one can't be recommended as a way to spend an hour and a won't get it back.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source:

All right, so it's not a brilliant piece of filmmaking, but it is a funny (sometimes hilarious) comedy with a deft sense of humor about itself, a playful spirit and a game cast.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's a frantic, anything-goes quality to "Sweetest" that's appealing at first, until it becomes apparent the movie has little more to offer than the friskiness of its stars...

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The Sweetest Thing could have been a major summer underdog hit. Don't get me wrong. It's not a very good movie.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

What's most wonderful is that all the heartless, cruel cads are played by women, and the seemingly sensitive, prey being stalked are played by guys.

May 20, 2002 Full Review Source:

Thoroughly noxious offspring of 'There's Something About Mary' and 'Sex & the City'.

April 28, 2002 Full Review Source:

A sour attempt at making a Farrelly Brothers-style, down-and-dirty laugher for the female set.

April 24, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Sweetest Thing

Please, somebody could say to Cameron Diaz to stop make any movies, they're just horrible and that the only good comedy which she made a big role is There's Something About Mary and The Mask, thank you. The Sweetest Thing is a mix of a gross out and romcom that is really silly, so silly that makes me want to puke. It's one of this movies that is look like an awful music that you doesn't like, but stay in your mind and tortures you. Dispite the scene being in your mind, it have the able to make you embarrassed, from the first until the ridiculous ending credits.
March 25, 2013
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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.
September 26, 2011

Super Reviewer

Hilarious! Some of the scenes were cringing but you couldn't help but laugh.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

This movie is one big hot mess, but it's so disastrously, disgustingly fun I don't even care.
April 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Courtney: Shot Gun!
    2. Christina Walters: Cheater.
    – Submitted by Quintin E (3 years ago)
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