San Francisco flatmates Christina (Cameron Diaz), Courtney (Christina Applegate) and Jane (Selma Blair) go out for a night's clubbing to help the latter forget about her recent break-up with her long-term boyfriend. That night, commitment-shy Christina meets Peter (Thomas Jane), who she thinks she might like, yet when she tries to track him down the next day, she finds that he is in the process of getting married. For his part, Peter sees her fleeing the ceremony and begins to wonder if he's doing the right thing after all.
Prudes, beware! Despite its tendency to take the comedic low road, The Sweetest Thing
is a near-perfect product of the new-millennial Hollywood. That's a backhanded compliment, but as a fun-loving Yankee girl's answer to Bridget Jones's Diary
, the mainstream pandering of Nancy Pimental's lucrative screenplay is undeniably effective. On the opening soundtrack, Macy Gray's "Sexual Revolution" is a perfect accompaniment to gyrating guy-dumper Christina (Cameron Diaz), whose fear of commitment is tested when she meets Peter (Thomas Jane) and knows he's Mr. Right. With supportive gal-pals Courtney (Christina Applegate) and Jane (Selma Blair), she plots to snag the guy, and the movie's road-trip detour mines gut-busting gold from gags involving incriminating dress stains, oral sex, rotting food, garish clothing, and the simple joys of old-fashioned romance. Perfectly cast, raucously ribald, and conventionally charming, The Sweetest Thing
is a schizophrenic comedy, but its dual personalities are irresistibly in synch. --Jeff Shannon