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America’s Sweethearts

Gwen Harrison (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Eddie Thomas (John Cusack) are America's Sweethearts. Having co-starred as each other's love interest in several very successful romantic films, the celebrities are actually married in real life. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 102
Theater Release: 20 Aug 2001
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

There is an old expression that claims: “Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.” When do the spectacles worn by Julia Roberts’ character disappear? Her character has also recently lost 60 pounds. How do the other people in the story treat her weight loss? What does that say about the importance of thinness?

Why have Eddie and Gwen experienced such a different reality than the one the public believes in? Where do fans get information about the personal lives of their favorite celebrities? Why is it so easy for outside observers to be fooled? Have the facts about a public figure ever come as a surprise to you? (Coincidentally enough the opening of America’s Sweethearts has come simultaneously with gossip columns’ announcements about Julia Roberts’ breakup of a four-year relationship with Benjamin Bratt.)

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