Alex and Emma (2003)

2003, Paramount. Directed by Donald Petrie. Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Klein.

Decent Films Ratings

Overall
Recommendability
?D+
Artistic/
Entertainment Value
?
Moral/Spiritual
Value (+4/-4)
? -2
Age
Appropriateness
?Adults

External Ratings

MPAA ?PG-13 USCCB ?A-III

Content advisory: Some sex-related humor and depictions of nonmarital affairs, including a non-explicit bedroom scene played for laughs (no explicit nudity); brief profanity and crude language; brief violence and menace.

At this writing I have not yet been able to do a full write-up for this movie. Pending a full review, here is a snapshot capsule from my National Catholic Register "Take Five" column. — SDG

By Steven D. Greydanus

Take One: Romantic-comedy vehicle shuttles between two romantic plots, one involving a novelist (Luke Wilson) and a stenographer (Kate Hudson), the other involving characters in the novel he’s writing.

Take Two: The big problem: Neither set of romantic entanglements is actually romantic, and neither set of characters is interesting. Nonmarital affairs in both storylines include an energetic though non-explicit bedroom scene played for laughs.

Final Take: Another misfire from the once-reliable Reiner, Alex and Emma is occasionally amusing but never makes you care.

Tags: Comedy, Romance

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