Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this offbeat comedy is not just a love story, but also a tribute to Los Angeles. Steve Martin's goofy antics and witty dialogue will keep teens entertained, but the early-'90s humor feels a little dated, and the L.A. in-jokes might be lost on teens unfamiliar with Los Angeles lore. The characters navigate the complexities of casual sex and meaningful relationships in a whimsical yet loving manner that older kids and teens will understand. There's also some profanity, fantasy violence, and a brief shot of a topless woman.
Sex is addressed in a lighthearted way, and as a positive part of adult relationships. One character is cheating on her boyfriend, another couple has an open relationship. Three sex scenes with very little shown contrast casual sex vs. making love; some passionate kissing, comic sex noises, a hand on a clothed breast, and post-sex bed scenes. The only nudity is a very brief shot of a topless woman in a dressing room.
Some fantasy violence and arguing. "Road rage" is played for laughs when everyone on the freeway pulls out a gun and starts shooting, though no one is harmed. There's some verbal abuse and shoving during a workplace argument.
The word "f--k" and "s--t" are both used once.
Teens might enjoy the depiction of Los Angeles as a place where there are no rules, and where adults can always redefine themselves. But they'll also take away the message that sometimes the easy pleasures in life aren't always the most satisfying: Harris finds happiness not from a superficial social life or a casual sexual relationship, but from finding a true companion.
American Airlines gets a brief logo shot.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adults are shown drinking responsibly at social engagements. One minor character nurses a hangover after overindulging the night before.