You Again Parent Guide
It tries to say good things about leaving the past in the past. Unfortunately the presentation of these positive messages is usually ill timed and profoundly clumsy.
Parent Movie Review
For some people, high school is synonymous with prison. While a select few are the wardens who run the system, thanks to their popularity, others simply attempt to endure detention until it ends with graduation. Either way, few get through high school without some impact on their psyche.
That certainly is the case for Marni (Kristen Bell). Brace-faced and pimpled, the geeky student put up with years of bullying from Joanna (Odette Yustman) and the other popular girls at Ridgefield High. Luckily Marni thinks all that drama of yesteryear is behind her when she receives a promotion and becomes a vice president in a New York public relations firm.
However all her insecurities come crashing back when she goes home for her older brother’s (James Wolk) wedding and discovers his fiancée is none other than Joanna. Though the rest of the family, including Marni’s father (Victor Garber) and little brother (Ben Unger), adore the bride-to-be, Marni knows her for what she really is and determines to expose her before the nuptials.
But the young executive isn’t the only one dealing with her demons from her past. When Joanna’s Aunt Mona (Sigourney Weaver) shows up at the family dinner, Marni’s mother, Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis), suddenly finds herself besieged by bad memories of the now highly successful businesswoman.
To its credit, You Again tries to say good things about leaving the past in the past, giving people second chances and practicing what you preach to your children. Unfortunately the presentation of these positive messages is usually ill timed and profoundly clumsy. Part of the problem lies in the characters. Joanna claims she has repented of her former actions, but the cat claws are quick to come out when she gets in a scrap with her groom’s younger sister. And in the time it takes Marni to pick up her luggage at the airport, she transforms from a confident PR executive into a klutzy, whining milquetoast. Even Gail and Mona engage in spiteful behaviors that are way beneath adults of their age and standing. Unwarranted, predictable scenes, including one in which Gail drops Mona’s expensive earring down the drain, also clutter up the screen instead of advancing the story.
With almost nonexistent profanities and only brief, randy comments courtesy of Grandma Bunny (Betty White), the film’s biggest content concerns lie in the mean-spirited depictions of bullying that start in high school and continue right up to the wedding rehearsal dinner.
Refusing to let bygones be bygones and trying to bludgeon apologies out of each other, these women do little to follow their own advice. And they do even less to convince viewers that life doesn’t have to be dictated by what happened in high school.Directed by Andy Fickman. Starring Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Betty White, Jimmy Wolk.. Running time: 105 minutes. Theatrical release September 24, 2010. Updated July 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is You Again rated PG? You Again is rated PG by the MPAA for brief mild language and rude behavior.
Violence: Students toss a girl out of school. Characters are kicked, pushed, mocked and bullied, along with attempting to embarrass one another. A tree house collapses and falls to the ground with two people inside who both suffer injuries. Two girls throw dishes and food at one another. Two women fight in a swimming pool.
Sexual Content: An elderly woman makes brief sexual comments to younger men. Characters dance sensually. Couples embrace and kiss.
Language: The script includes a couple of terms of Deity and some name-calling.
Alcohol/Drug Use: Characters engage in social drinking at home and parties.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for You Again after the break...
You Again Parents' Guide
The adults hand out a lot of good advice in this movie about fixing mistakes and giving people second chances. Why do they have such a hard time taking their own counsel? How difficult is it to overcome hurts from the past? What role does forgiveness play in having a successful life?
What opportunities for compassion come up in this story? How are they handled?
Do you enjoy high school reunions or are you glad to leave those relationships in the past?
The most recent home video release of You Again movie is February 8, 2011. Here are some details…
You Again releases to home video on February 8, 2011.
You Again on DVD offers:
- Following Fickman: On Set With The Director - Peer into the madcap mind of Hollywood’s wackiest director, Andy Fickman, as he orchestrates the comedy of Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White.
- Ask The Cast - Jamie Lee Curtis, Betty White, Sigourney Weaver, and Kristen Bell answer questions from fans. Betty’s advice might not be what you expect.
- Funny Or Die - In this behind-the-scenes interview spoof, Jaime Lee Curtis, Betty White, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman and Kristen Bell discuss the movie when things get tense between the actresses eventually boiling over into a cast fight.
- 3 deleted scenes with commentary (Sharing A Room, Photo Album Memories and Riding The Silk)
You Again is also available in as a Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo. This package includes all of the above plus:
- Blooper Dance Party - On-set antics abound as the cast dances to their own beat.
- Additional deleted scenes with commentary (Good Morning Sunshine, Grandma Bunny’s House, Meet Georgia King, Gail’s Shower/Ramona’s Dress, The Compost Heap, Covered In Lard, Bridal Shower and After The Fiasco)
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