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The Sweetest Thing (2002)

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A girl finds she is forced to educate herself on the etiquette of wooing the opposite sex when she finally meets Mr. Right.


Roger Kumble
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Adams ... Aunt Frida
Herbert W. Ankrom Herbert W. Ankrom ... Wedding Guest #3 (as Herbert Ankrom)
Bryan Anthony ... Geeky Guy
Christina Applegate ... Courtney Rockcliffe
Linda Asuma ... Brawling Bridesmaid
Jason Bateman ... Roger Donahue
Vahe Bejan ... Taxi Driver
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... Mr. Martin
Selma Blair ... Jane Burns
Chelsea Bond ... Greta (as Chelsea Lee Bond)
Alexander Chance ... Wedding Guest #1 (as Alexander S. Chance)
Judith Chapman ... Judy's Mother
Charlie Dell ... Wedding Priest
Richard Denni Richard Denni ... Gramps
Cameron Diaz ... Christina Walters


To ease their roommate through a relationship-induced depression, Christina Walters and Courtney Rockcliffe take her out on the town. During their attempts to find her "Mr. Right Now", Christina meets Peter Donahue. Missing her opportunity with him that night, Christina is talked into pursuing him to his brother's wedding. Written by Sean Lewis <agvii@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A romantic comedy without the sugar. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Nancy Pimental Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,430,667, 14 April 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (unrated) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ricky Strauss: Executive Producer, as the singing police officer. See more »


During the restroom stop, a black bra is peeking out of Courtney's blue dress but afterwards when they're changing out of their wet clothes and singing "Escape", Courtney is wearing a neon pink bra. See more »


Courtney: How could you not know what a glory hole is?
Christina: Well unlike my WHORE friend Courtney Rockcliff, I don't usually spend much time in men's public bathrooms.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits show a montage of scenes, outtakes and the 5 main cast members are sitting on a couch talking directly to the audience. After the credits roll, the cast tells the audience that the movie is over, and to go home. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also in the Unrated version of the DVD, the opening with interviews about Christina is longer with multiple ex-boyfriends. See more »


Referenced in Orange Is the New Black: Well This Took a Dark Turn (2018) See more »


Written by Terry Kirkman
Performed by The Association
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Should never have been made, but on the bright side, it's definitely a front runner for worst movie of the year.

`The Sweetest Thing' never shows promise, from the first scene to the last, but I somehow hoped throughout the film that things would pick up or turn around. My prayers were never answered and what we have as a final result is a movie that leaves its stars embarrassed and characters with no interesting place to go. Give me my 84minutes back!!!

The film opens with a lame montage of guys that have crossed the path of `too good for any man' Christina (played by Cameron Diaz). Of course it immediately cuts to a shot of Cameron doing something cute and free spirited that shows just how all these men fall for her… She's shaking her fine package up a street in San Francisco. Well they don't waste any time introducing the rest of the characters, for seconds later she runs into her best friend/roommate (played by Christina Applegate, playing this role as though it's make or break time for her career). Their 3rd and final roommate is played by Selma Blair whom you might remember from Roger Kumble's previous effort `Cruel Intentions'.

The plot (or, you guessed it, lack there of) revolves around Cameron Diaz's character, a woman who never gives any man a chance to get to close, that is until one night at a club, her failed attempt to dump a stranger (Thomas Jane) on her younger horny roommate (Selma Blair) leads to a brief (and I mean brief!!) conversation with the man, a perfect set up for him to be charming and charismatic in ways only a scripted scene in a film as bad as this would allow you to believe. They part ways and later in the night bump into each other again… This must be the man of her dreams right!! Anyway, the night ends without either continuing their progress in being together. Cameron spends the night dreaming this might have been the perfect man for her (the dream features the 2 in bed and the man pleasuring her at every whim. He even proclaims men don't enjoy oral sex… funny right??). Her roommates realize that Cameron may be down about having lost him, so they bolt off to the brothers wedding in hope of seeing him again.

This whole brief and sudden road trip they take to go see this guy is unbelievable. Why are they going? Why such a rush since it isn't him that's getting married? Why do they stop for what seems like hours to try on clothes to wear to the wedding since they dirtied their other clothes in an unnecessary bathroom mishap?? Why do they show a shot of Christina Applegate imitating Julia Roberts in `Pretty Woman' 10 times?? Is any of this stuff supposed to be funny or entertaining? In my case I just simply felt embarrassed, for myself and for Cameron Diaz mostly. She's the only reason I am giving this film even ½ a star (and that's solely based on the fact she looks the best she ever has, but it ends there).

Aside from there being no point to this film, it is worth mentioning there is no reason what so ever to feel for this main character. She doesn't really deserve any sympathy, and her realization that she should perhaps be easier on guys isn't one we really care for her to come to. This is one of those stories about people that have it all and still complain, makes me want to roll my eyes just thinking about it. And how about the dialogue?... some of the worst ever written! What are they trying to do here, show women talking dirty and acting independent? I wish they could have really succeeded in doing that, perhaps would have made for an interesting film, but here it all feels a little forced and very fake. The banter between the 3 girls is never quite as shocking as the writer hoped it would be, and for all their efforts all we have is something to mock when describing the movie to friends.

That's about as much as I care to say about this movie. It got terribly annoying and worse as time passed, and still worse by the time it was over. What a god awful ending. You know what I change my mind, this film deserves a BOMB. Should never have been made, but on the bright side, it's definitely a front runner for worst movie of the year.

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