MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Angie (Geena Davis), a 30-year-old single woman, lives in a blue collar Brooklyn neighborhood. Vinnie (James Gandolfini), her boyfriend for some 10 years, cannot understand why she refuses to marry him. But Angie dreams of being more than a plumber's wife. Angie also has a problem understanding why her mother vanished when Angie was very young. Her father (Phillip Bosco) will not talk about his first wife, and Angie has always resented her stepmother. When Angie discovers she is pregnant, Vinnie and her Italian father are ecstatic, now she and Vinnie will finally get married! A panicked Angie seeks escape at an art gallery, where she meets a strange but funny guy, Noel (Stephen Rea) who makes her forget her dilemma. She falls head-over-heels for Noel, a very successful lawyer. They go to the theatre and nice restaurants, places Vinnie would never go. Of course, Vinnie is devastated when the love of his life refuses to go through with the wedding. Overwhelmed by motherhood, Angie feels totally inadequate when her baby is born. Beginning as a light-hearted comedy, this film gradually evolves into a moving drama as the the importance of commitment becomes clear to Angie.

For a Catholic Italian family, the idea of a girl not wanting to marry is unheard of, particularly if she is pregnant. Though on the surface Angie appears shallow and irresponsible, her fear of commitment and marriage are not unfounded. Her father's refusal to explain what happened to Angie's mother makes Angie think her mother did not love her. Also, Angie doesn't see much happiness among her married friends. She had rather be a single mother than married to a man she doesn't love. Her relationship with Vinnie is treated as acceptable, although her affair with Noel is frowned upon. She and Vinnie are shown in bed together and sex is implied. On her first date with Noel she spends the night with him, although there is no on-screen sex. Right before she goes into labor, Angie is dressed in a Santa Claus suit, gyrating suggestively at a Christmas party. Much of the humor centers around sexually frank conversations between Angie and her best friend. The many obscenities and profanities in the dialogue serve no purpose except to insure an R rating. Nevertheless, the support of all those close to Angie is heartwarming as they cheer her on through some difficult times.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Buena Vista Distribution, 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (10) times - Mild 5; Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Many (48) times (s-word 10; f-word 22; other 16)

Profanity: Several (9) times - Regular 8; Exclamatory 1

Violence: None

Sex: None but implied twice (breast nudity)

Nudity: Once (side view breast nudity once)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (phallic symbol used for laughs; Angie does suggestive dance in Santa suit; references to sex and body parts)

Drugs: None

Other: Strong Catholic faith, family values important; harsh consequences of hiding truth

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Intended Audience: Adults

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