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She's the One

Reviewed by: Kevin Burk

Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
100 min.

“She’s the One” tells the tale of two brothers who struggle to understand life, love and the opposite sex, while receiving awful advice from their father (John Mahoney), an atheist who chastises his sons for criticizing the Catholic church.

Frances, the younger brother, has a beautiful, devoted and very neglected wife (deftly played by Jennifer Aniston) yet is having an adulterous affair with his brother’s ex-fiancé (Cameron Diaz). Meanwhile, Frances and his father are surprised by the older brother, who turns up married to a woman he has known for a few days. In the end, the entire family learns some very sobering lessons about what it takes to make love last. The film has a partly happy ending, with one of the brothers winning back his true love and one losing her forever. The script is entertaining and engaging, with characters that are surprisingly three-dimensional. This film is one that both men and women would probably enjoy watching together. Also, the soundtrack contains several original songs by Tom Petty written especially for the film.

Morally, this film seemed somewhat ambiguous in its message. However, it did a good job of portraying the inevitable consequences of sin. In particular, the film showed that if we do not treat our significant other with love and respect, we may lose them forever. This movie contains a good deal of profanity and some adult situations and deserves its PG-13 rating. Given its content, this is not a film for young children, but parents could conceivably use it as a vehicle to discuss God’s plan for relationships between men and women and the consequences to our lives when we do not love our mate as we love ourselves.

Year of Release—1997