The Sweetest Thing (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sweetest Thing (2002)



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

Movie Info

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. Christina's attitude gets an unexpected makeover one evening at a nightclub when she meets Peter Donahue (Thomas Jane), a real estate agent she finds adorable and just about perfect. Unfortunately, Peter leaves and all Christina knows about him is that his brother, Roger (Jason Bateman), is getting married soon in their small hometown. Recognizing her friend's romantic distress, Courtney suggests they road trip to the wedding and Christina agrees, leading to encounters with a series of obstacles, including some funky leftovers, a filthy service station restroom, and a rather unpleasant revelation once the women arrive at the nuptials. The Sweetest Thing co-stars Parker Posey.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Nancy M. Pimental
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 20, 2002
Box Office: $24.4M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Cameron Diaz
as Christina Walters
Selma Blair
as Jane Burns
Thomas Jane
as Peter Donahue
Jason Bateman
as Roger Donahue
Parker Posey
as Judy Webb
Lillian Adams
as Aunt Frida
Bryan Anthony
as Geeky Guy
Vahe Bejan
as Taxi Driver
Eddie J. Low
as Chinese Butcher
Judith Chapman
as Judy's Mother
Charlie Dell
as Wedding Priest
Linda Asuma
as Brawling Bridesmaid
Joe Bellan
as Mr. Martin
Alexander S. Chance
as Wedding Guest No. 1
Timothy J. Dodge
as Bar Counter Guy
Rick Evans
as San Francisco Police...
Melanie H. Gassaway
as Spinner No. 1
Jennifer Gimenez
as Mariangela
Marc Goldsmith
as Paramedic No. 1
Tria Katz
as Lynne
John Lehr
as Ralph
Loren Lester
as Mr. Mooney
George Maguire (II)
as Father Flynn
Mary Mahagian
as Park Ranger
James Mangold
as Dr. Greg
Shannon Murphy
as Spinner No. 3
Philip Pavel
as Room Service Waiter
John Bennett Perry
as Judy's Father
Nancy Priddy
as Mrs. Franklin
Manny Rodriguez
as San Francisco Police...
Hellena Schmied
as Spinner No. 2
Linda Stein
as Wedding Guest No. 4
Erik Stolhanske
as Paramedic No. 2
Damon Williams
as Wedding Guest No. 2
Don Winston
as Eric the Bartender
Herbert Ankrom
as Wedding Guest No. 3
Cyia Batten
as Go-Go Dancer in Club
Shannon Murphy
as Spinner No. 3
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Critic Reviews for The Sweetest Thing

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (35)

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.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
Top Critic

Seems to have been assembled (at short notice, with blindfolds on) by people who have never seen any movies outside of Cameron Diaz vehicles.

Full Review… | April 16, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

Extremely lowbrow -- definitely not for kids.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2007

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.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004

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.

Lucas Martins
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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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