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(2000) (Freddie Prinze, Jr., Claire Forlani) (PG-13)

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Romantic Comedy: Two college students become friends while comparing notes about dating and relationships before realizing that they're falling for one another.
Ryan (FREDDIE PRINZE, JR.) and Jennifer (CLAIRE FORLANI) are clear opposites of one another, and always have been, but they have a definite knack for repeatedly running into each other. After briefly meeting on an airplane ride four years earlier, it's now high school and Ryan is a classic dweeb and control freak, needing to know and plan every aspect of his life. Jennifer, on the other hand, is a freewheeling spirit who hates plans and commitments.

The two don't really get to know each other, however, until Ryan attends the University of California, Berkeley, where Jennifer is already a sophomore. Due to their previously awkward and strained friendship, the two get on with their studies - he engineering and she Latin - but manage to keep bumping into each other, eventually becoming loose friends who commiserate about romance, dating and relationships.

Their respective roommates, Hunter (JASON BIGGS) and Amy (AMANDA DETMER), can see that the two of them are attracted to one another, and can't believe they don't see it or won't allow themselves to admit it. Nonetheless, the two continue through college, with Jennifer continuing to date various guys while Ryan doesn't, seemingly using her as his surrogate and thus safe "girl-friend."

Yet, the two become closer and despite Ryan eventually dating another student, Megan (HEATHER DONAHUE), they end up in bed together. From that point on, as they teeter between friendship and love, the two must figure out what's right and wrong for themselves as individuals, friends and possible lovers.

It's a teen-based romantic comedy, so those who are fans of such films or anyone in the cast may just want to see it.
For sexual content.
  • FREDDIE PRINZE, JR. plays a high school and then college dweeb who eventually grows out of that stage and appears to be a dedicated student who's grown tired of relationships. Even so, he eventually falls for Jennifer and sleeps with her. He briefly cusses and drinks some.
  • CLAIRE FORLANI plays a high school and then college student who hates the thought of romantic commitment but admits to sleeping around (or at least the consideration of doing so). She also ends up sleeping with Ryan but then regrets doing so. She also drinks some and briefly cusses.
  • JASON BIGGS plays Ryan's roommate who tries to pick up women but rarely does so as just himself. He also uses some profanity and apparently sleeps with Amy.
  • AMANDA DETMER plays that young woman who's Jennifer's roommate. She also briefly uses some profanity and briefly (and romantically) plants a kiss on Jennifer.
  • HEATHER DONAHUE plays Ryan's somewhat forward and straight shooting/talking girlfriend.


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    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this romantic comedy that's been rated PG-13. Two college students make out, partially disrobe and then have sex (although the later occurs off camera), while it's also suggested that another couple had sex/fooled around and we briefly see two female students kiss (one surprising the other by doing so).

    Some non-explicit sexually related dialogue occurs, and we briefly see some supermodels in skimpy/revealing lingerie (including thong bottoms that show most of two butts) during a closing credits scene that turns into scatological comedy with various farting sounds. Profanity consists of several uses of the "s" word, with a variety of other expletives and colorful phrases also occurring.

    Some drinking occurs, various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, and some brief violence is present in the form of some slapstick humor, brief action and a few slaps. Beyond that, the film's remaining categories have little or nothing in the way of major objectionable content. Nonetheless, should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, we suggest that you take a closer look at our more detailed content listings.

  • People have beer in a club.
  • Upon hearing that Ryan has broken up with his high school girlfriend, Hunter tells him that they should get drunk and cruise for some strippers.
  • Hunter has a beer in a bar, as do others.
  • People have drinks in a bar, including Jennifer and her date.
  • Hunter, Ryan and Jennifer have beer at a party, as do other students.
  • Ryan, Jennifer, Hunter and their respective dates drink beer.
  • Jennifer states that the latest guy she's seeing has stopped drinking and doing drugs.
  • Some scatological humor shows up during the closing credits where we see Hunter and various supermodels in a dressing room (they in their lingerie, he in some boxers). We then hear repeated sounds of the women farting (played for laughs - that's how they say that they stay so thin) and they then encourage him to fart as well. After some straining, he eventually does, but the women react adversely to the smell and leave.
  • A high school student orders the driver of a car to drive over Ryan's mascot mask (after it's fallen off).
  • A student in Hunter's dance class slaps him after he asks her exactly how far she can bend over.
  • Hunter feeds female students all sorts of lines/lies to them trying to make himself look more interesting and attractive to them.
  • Having been told to be truthful, Hunter goes on a mild tirade about how senior citizens should be put out like older Eskimos for the polar bears, that they're a drain on society and that they shouldn't be allowed to drive.
  • Ryan cheats on Megan by sleeping with Jennifer.
  • Ryan and Jennifer drift apart as they don't tell each other their true feelings toward one another after a one-night stand.
  • None.
  • None.
  • Phrases: "Laid" (sexual), "Idiot," "Chicks" (women), "To hell with…" "My ass," "This sucks," "Pain in the ass," "Nuts" (crazy), "Jeez," "Busting my ass," "Slut," "Bastards," "Go to hell," "Where in the hell have you been?"
  • Hunter occasionally sports different colors of dyed hair on the top of his head (the remaining hair below it is natural).
  • Hunter tells Ryan that he needs to shed tears to keep a girlfriend from breaking up with him, and states that he uses some Icy Balm in the eyes to produce those tears. Ryan gets ready to use some, and then accidentally gets it in his eyes and falls down some steps from being temporarily blinded (played for laughs).
  • One of Jennifer's dates has tattoos all over his arm, while a later couple also sports some of them.
  • None.
  • None.
  • None.
  • At least 4 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("laid"), 3 slang terms for breasts ("t*ts" and "boobs"), 7 asses, 5 hells, 1 damn, 5 uses each of "Oh God" and "Oh my God" and 1 use of "God" as exclamations.
  • Having just met on an airplane as thirteen and twelve-year-olds respectively, Jennifer tells Ryan that she's just gotten her period and wonders if that grosses him out (he acts as if it doesn't). She then adds that they could have sex right then and she wouldn't get pregnant, and then asks if he has orgasms. He replies that it's none of her business. When they later meet again in high school, she states that she remembers him once a month (in relation to her earlier period-related comments).
  • Jennifer states that she lives off campus with her boyfriend and later comments that they did many things together, including having sex.
  • Jennifer shows a bit of cleavage and later wears a halter-like top that shows most of her bare back.
  • A student in Hunter's dance class slaps him after he asks her exactly how far she can bend over.
  • Seeing each other after the summer break, Jennifer asks Ryan, "So what about you? Did you get any this summer? (he says no to that sexually related question).
  • After Hunter tells a young woman a lie about him being a former priest, she asks if he's ever been with a woman before.
  • After Jennifer states that she likes getting a guy's opinion on matters, Amy chimes in that all they have an opinion on is who makes the best pizza and who has the best "t*ts."
  • When Ryan asks Hunter what he wants out of life, he says that he doesn't know, but then throws out that he'd like to "get laid."
  • Jennifer tells Ryan that she "fooled around" with some guy and Ryan then asks exactly what she meant by that. She then states that they just fooled around and adds, "It's not like we had sex - we couldn't find a condom." He can't believe her casual response and asks if she would have and she says "probably" since she has midterms coming up and needs to relieve some stress. Ryan then continues probing this issue and asks her that on any given date there's the possibility that she'd have sex with some guy. She acknowledges that and then adds that sometimes it's easier just to have sex than to come up with something to say (or something like that). Ryan then adds that he can't just sleep with somebody until he likes them. She then wonders if he thinks she's a "slut" and then asks if he knows of any other twenty-year-old guys who aren't sleeping with anyone (referring to him).
  • While hanging out together on the sofa as friends, Amy starts kissing Jennifer who then pulls away (and Amy is then embarrassed).
  • Ryan and Jennifer start making out and then end up back at her place where they start disrobing/removing their outer layer of clothing while kissing (no nudity). She then takes off his shirt, and kisses his chest and then down his belly. He then lies down on top of her on her bed (she's in her bra, he's shirtless) and they kiss some more as the camera pans up to her ceiling (implying they had sex). The next morning he's still in bed, but she's already up and dressed.
  • It's implied/suggested that Hunter and Amy had sex or fooled around (as we see her come out of her bedroom wearing a robe and he then comes out wearing just his boxers).
  • During the closing credits, we see Hunter in a lingerie shop and then see him modeling some cheetah print boxers in the dressing room. Suddenly several buxom and scantily clad models arrive and we see them in their skimpy bras and panties (two of which are of the thong variety and thus we see most of their bare butts when they later walk out). Before leaving, however, one of them asks if he's ever been with four women before and they all start to come on to him. They then audibly fart and ask if that turns him on and urge him to do the same, asking if he wants to turn them on, but all of this turns out to be just a visualized dream he's recounting to a therapist.
  • During a montage of Hunter in different costumes and poses, we briefly see him with an unlit pipe in his mouth.
  • Upon first meeting as kids before high school age, Jennifer states that she and her mom moved to California after her dad ran off with his secretary, while Ryan states that his parents are divorced but hopes/believes they'll get back together again.
  • Relationships and what both men and women want/need out of them.
  • In one scene, Jennifer tells Ryan that she lives off campus with her boyfriend.
  • Jennifer questions what if there is no such thing as true love and that everyone is looking for something that doesn't exist.
  • The way Ryan and Jennifer's friendship changed after they had sex.
  • Some slapstick style violence includes Ryan accidentally getting some Icy Balm in his eyes and then falling down some steps, as well as Hunter accidentally hitting a pool cue ball that then hits a man on the head (that man then menacingly approaches Hunter who manages to hit this man in the crotch with a cue stick before running away).
  • We see some musical equipment hit the street and break (after Jennifer throws it out the window upon learning that her live-in boyfriend has dumped her). We then see her smash her boyfriend's guitar into the wall.
  • Jennifer halfheartedly punches Ryan somewhere on his body when he makes a snide remark.
  • A student in Hunter's dance class slaps him after he asks her exactly how far she can bend over.
  • Megan slaps Ryan after he tells her he slept with Jennifer.

  • Reviewed June 14, 2000 / Posted June 16, 2000

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