The Sweetest Thing (2002)



Critic Consensus: 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 Boston 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. Christina's life changes forever one evening at a nightclub where she meets Peter Donahue (Thomas Jane), a man she finds adorable and just about perfect. Unfortunately, Peter disappears and all she knows about him is that his brother, Roger (Jason Bateman), is getting married soon and having a bachelor party nearby. When crashing the party doesn't pan out, Courtney suggests they road trip to the wedding and Christina agrees, leading to encounters with a series of obstacles, including some funky leftovers and an insane bank security guard. The Sweetest Thing co-stars Parker Posey and Selma Blair.
R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Romance
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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
Richard Denni
as Gramps
Timothy J. Dodge
as Bar Counter Guy
Rick Evans
as San Francisco Policeman No. 2
Anne E. Fields
as Valerie
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 Policeman No. 1
Hellena Schmied
as Spinner No. 2
Linda Stein
as Wedding Guest No. 4
Erik Stolhanske
as Paramedic No. 2
Ted Stryker
as Chuck
Sybil Temchen
as Rebecca
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
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Critic Reviews for The Sweetest Thing

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (28)

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
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
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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
Village Voice
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Loses its sense of humor in a vat of failed jokes, twitchy acting, and general boorishness.

Full Review… | April 16, 2002
Top Critic

The Sweetest Thing has nothing insightful to say about relationships, and nothing funny to say about the singles scene.

April 15, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
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Bound to appeal to women looking for a howlingly trashy time.

April 12, 2002
Washington Post
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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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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