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"ON THE LINE"
(2001) (Lance Bass, Emmanuelle Chriqui) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild Minor Moderate None None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None Mild Mild
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Minor None None Mild Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Romantic Comedy: After briefly meeting a woman with whom he instantly connected but failed to get her name or number, a young man sets out to find her again.
PLOT:
Kevin (LANCE BASS) is a young, Chicago-based adman who's never been lucky at love simply because he's never had the courage to connect with the right woman. Accordingly, when he meets Abbey (EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI) one day on the L train and they immediately hit it off, he blows his chances when he neglects to ask for her name or number.

After being assigned to a new Reebok campaign by his boss, Mr. Higgins (DAVE FOLEY), and then watching his senior partner, Jackie (TAMALA JONES), steal his idea and take credit for it, Kevin decides not to be a pushover any longer and thus sets out to find Abbey.

Since he has no idea who or where she is, he places fliers all across the city looking for her. They draw the attention of a newspaper editor who assigns reporter Brady (DAN MONTGOMERY) to cover the story, thus drawing citywide awareness to the romantic plea. Soon, scores of women are interested in Kevin, a point that his friends Rod (JOEY FATONE), Randy (JAMES BULLIARD) and Eric (GQ) quickly take advantage of by acting like him so that they can get quick and free dates.

Yet, their fraudulent actions soon threaten Kevin's chances of finding Abbey as public sentiment turns on everyone questioning the validity of his quest. From that point on, and armed with advice from Nathan (JERRY STILLER), an older coworker, Kevin does what he must to find Abbey.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of 'N Sync (two of the members are main characters and various songs are included on the soundtrack) or anyone else in the cast, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For language and some crude humor.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • LANCE BASS plays a young adman who sets out to find a young woman he briefly met and immediately fell for on the commuter train. Initially something of a pushover, he does what he must to find her again. He also drinks some.
  • JOEY FATONE plays his obnoxious musician friend who acts like a wild rocker onstage, farts off it, and acts like he's Kevin to get free dates with all of the women interested in him. He also drinks some.
  • EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI plays the young woman who's as smitten with Kevin as he is with her. This is despite her having a long-time, if neglectful boyfriend she had planned to move in with.
  • JAMES BULLIARD and GQ play Kevin's other friends who likewise take advantage of his situation to get free dates by pretending to be him.
  • TAMALA JONES plays Kevin's ruthless coworker who steals his ad campaign idea and claims it as her own.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this PG-rated romantic comedy. Brief profanity consists of at least 1 "s" word, only a handful of other expletives, and some colorful phrases that are also present. A song has some non-explicit, sexually related lyrics, while some brief kissing occurs.

    Various characters drink, some have varying degrees of bad attitudes, and some crude humor involves one character repeatedly farting. Beyond some brief violence - most played for laughs - the rest of the film's categories have little or nothing in the way of major objectionable material. Nevertheless, if you're still concerned about the film's appropriateness for someone in your home who might be interested in seeing it, you may want to take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information about the content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Kevin and his friends have beer in a club, and Eric orders two more for him and Kevin.
  • Abbey and her boyfriend have wine in front of them in a restaurant.
  • Kevin, Eric and others have drinks in front of them at a concert.
  • People have wine in a restaurant.
  • Kevin has a beer.
  • Various people drink in a bar.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Nathan complains that he hasn't had a regular bowel movement since the Reagan administration and later complains about hemorrhoids.
  • We hear Rod farting several times in several scenes.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Jackie has a condescending and demeaning attitude toward Kevin, and goes so far as to steal his ad idea and claim it as hers (although she later fesses up to doing that).
  • Abbey's boyfriend of three years doesn't pay much attention to her, and refers to her pending career as an archaeologist as being a fossil hobby.
  • Kevin's friends take advantage of the situation (with what they think is Kevin's blessing) where they act like him when answering various women's calls and then go out on dates also acting like they're Kevin (just so that they can get dates). They also act like jerks when they're on those dates.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Don't be such a wuss," "Don't be a tulip," "Chicks," "Babe" and "Honey" (for women), "Freaky," "Crapped out," "Shut up," "Freak," "Freakin,'" "Bass ackwards," "Gimp," "Jackass" and "Screwed" (nonsexual).
  • Rod farts in various scenes, and acts like a wild man on stage, dancing and prancing around and repeatedly kicking his amp/speaker like a rock and roller. He also wears black fingernail polish and before going on a date squirts mouthwash spray into his mouth, under his arms and then down the front of his pants (and then reacts to the apparent stinging sensation).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • Rod sings the Def Leopard song that includes the lines, "Love is like a bomb, baby, c'mon get it on," "Television lover, baby, go all night," "Pour some sugar on me, in the name of love" and "Pour your sugar on me. Oh, I can't get enough." I'm hot, sticky sweet. From my head to my feet."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "s" word, 1 ass and 1 crap are used as exclamations (although one can tell/hear where certain words were replaced with more benign ones).
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Kevin imagines himself naked on stage, but all we see is his bare chest (as people/objects in the foreground block the lower half of his body).
  • Jackie shows a little bit of cleavage.
  • Before going on a date, Rod squirts mouthwash spray into his mouth, under his arms and then down the front of his pants (and then reacts to the apparent stinging sensation).
  • Kevin and Abbey do some brief passionate kissing on a train station platform.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Love at first sight.
  • Not being afraid to go after your dreams or the right person.
  • We hear that Abbey had plans to move in with her boyfriend, but that never happens.
  • Why non-actors - in this case some of the singers from 'N Sync - think they can and/or need to act.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A woman hits a guy with her bag on the way out of a restaurant.
  • A baseball (at a major league game) accidentally hits Eric in the crotch.
  • We see a woman with a broken nose and ankle and Rod then tells the story of how he accidentally injured her (we see a flashback where he's performing a song for her and then kicks his amp/speaker and accidentally hits her, causing those injuries, but nothing graphic is seen and it's played for laughs).
  • After learning that Eric went out on a date with Abbey posing as him, Kevin hits Eric with a baseball.



  • Reviewed October 18, 2001 / Posted October 26, 2001

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