But much like 1987's Broadcast News, there's actually a deeper debate that elevates this light and sunny romantic comedy into something more substantial, namely the discussion of what's "real" news. Given our culture's love of celebrity headlines and all the zany antics shown 24/7 on YouTube, it's probably more relevant now than ever before, and Aline Brosh McKenna, the screenwriter behind The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses, does a great job of addressing the finer points without hitting viewers over the head with an agenda.

That said, the movie is a pretty great date night diversion, too. Never growing too serious for its own good, there are plenty of laughs that probably would've flopped in less capable actors' hands. But with Ford, Keaton and McAdams on the scene, it's morning television that's worth watching, and you may even learn something in the process, too, which is just a bonus.


  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Social drinking, plus Mike likes to sabotage his first day on the job by getting drunk. Illegal drugs are mentioned but never used.

  • Language/Profanity:  The PG-13 allotment of "f" words plus a smattering of other profanity including s---t, he--and da--n. God's name is also misused on occasion.

  • Sex/Nudity:  Becky and Adam sleep together on their second date. No nudity shown, just making out and the frantic removal of clothing in the very beginning stages. Becky is shown in just a shirt and panties on a couple of occasions. There are also a few jokes of a sexual nature and mentions of orgasms, pap smears and the specifics of prostrate exams.

  • Violence:  Only of the comedic, slapstick variety. 


Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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