Americas Sweethearts

Theatrical Release: July 18, 2001
Americas Sweethearts


Gwen (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Eddie (John Cusack) are Hollywood’s most successful romantic couple who have one more press junket to pull off even though they are about to divorce. Eddie is still furious over Gwen’s affair with a sexy Spaniard (Hank Azaria) but agrees to act civil until the junket is over. Billy Crystal plays the legendary press agent Lee Phillips, the only person who can successfully pull the whole thing off by fooling the press, with the help of Gwen’s sister Kiki (Julia Roberts), her personal assistant. Kiki is faced with a more personal conflict when her longtime friendship with Eddie begins to take a romantic turn. Stanley Tucci, Christopher Walken, and Seth Green also star.

Dove Review

Director Joe Roth has created a unique comedy romance that spoofs the world of Hollywood romance with biting sarcasm and witty humor. This hilarious script written by Crystal gives the public a glimpse into the world of a movie press junket and successfully uses the talents of Roberts, Zeta-Jones and Cusack. I really enjoyed this comedy aimed at adults who can appreciate the spoof on Hollywood.

Unfortunately, “America’s Sweethearts” contains adult language, references to the male anatomy and sexual situations. The main thing that prevents this from being for younger PG-13 audiences is the language, references to marital infidelity and dialogue about a man’s anatomy.

Content Description

Sex: Much sexual innuendo and crude sexual terms; a scene where onlookers mistakenly think a man is masturbating in public.
Language: 4 profanities and 18 obscenities; one character utters a coarse epithet over and over.
Violence: Brief slapstick comedic violence; male lead fantasizes about shooting his estranged wife, and we see him shoot her until the gun is empty. It's played for laughs but it's dark humor.
Drugs: Some drinking.
Nudity: None
Other: Dog sniffs man's crotch.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Director: Joe Roth
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Holly McClure