The Sweetest Thing (2002)

(In theaters, June 2002) It had to happen at some point: A gross-out comedy by and for girls. Eh. To be fair, The Sweetest Thing presents an appealing trio of girlfriends: Cameron Diaz is as loveable as ever, Christina Applegate deservedly gets a good screen role at last and even Selma Blair is rather attractive here. The girl’s chemistry works well and is a welcome change from the usual testosterone-laden sex comedies. A lot of the jokes work well, even though they’re not all that different from what you’d see in movies from a male perspective. (Why is it that stalker-type behavior is almost always funnier if it’s a woman doing the stalking? It’s surely equally creepy in real-life, isn’t it?) Unfortunately, there are several dumb (and gross) moments, enough that they collectively dull the impact of the film to a merely pleasant film. (if that; your tolerance may vary) Maybe worth a curio viewing to compare and contrast with, say, Tomcats, but not an essential film. Unless you’re in that kind of thing.

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