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The Sweetest Thing
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Kumble
Written byNancy Pimental
Produced byCathy Konrad
CinematographyAnthony B. Richmond
Edited by
Music byEdward Shearmur
Columbia Pictures[1]
Konrad Pictures
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing[1]
Release date
  • April 12, 2002 (2002-04-12) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$43 million[2]
Box office$68.7 million[2]

The Sweetest Thing is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Roger Kumble and written by Nancy Pimental, who based the characters on herself and friend Kate Walsh.[3] It stars Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, and Selma Blair. The film was released on April 12, 2002 and received negative reviews from critics. However, according to screenwriter Nancy Pimental, the film later went on to gain a cult following.[4]



A group of men are interviewed regarding Christina Walters; they consider her a player and a user of men in the swinging singles market. She is a 28-year-old successful interior designer living in San Francisco near North Beach.

Christina meets up with her friend Courtney Rockcliffe, a divorce lawyer. They console their friend and roommate Jane, who had recently broken up with her boyfriend, by taking her out to a dance club. Jane feels out of place, so Christina grabs a man named Peter to set Jane up with, but he berates Christina for her methods and leaves her standing there. While in the bathroom with Courtney, she refers to him by name, leading her to suspect that he got under Christina's skin and she is actually in love with him, which she denies.

After running into Peter again, Christina buys him a drink and they spend time together. He explains that he will be attending a wedding on Saturday, and that he is at the club with his obnoxious, womanizing brother Roger to celebrate. He invites Christina and Courtney to an after-party at their hotel, but Christina goes home and later regrets not going.

The next day, while having lunch with Courtney, Christina cannot stop talking about Peter, while Jane pays an embarrassing visit to the dry cleaner.[a] Courtney arranges for Christina and herself to travel to Somerset, where Peter's brother's wedding is to take place, and they meet Jane's boyfriend, whom she previously met at the club. After they leave in Courtney's Saab 9-5, Christina and Courtney go on a series of misadventures including an exploding toilet, a glory hole discovery, and a motorcyclist who is led to believe Courtney is receiving cunnilingus from Christina while driving.

Meanwhile, Jane encounters her boyfriend at her retail job and is nearly caught having sex with him in a changing room. When Christina and Courtney finally arrive in Somerset, they visit a store to replace their wet and ruined clothes, only to come out in extremely gaudy, indiscreet outfits. When they arrive at the wedding, Christina begins having second thoughts, but a series of coincidences, including a chance conversation with the bride, causes her to have a change of heart, and they attend. However, they discover that it is Peter, not Roger, who is getting married, and the pair nearly ruin the ceremony in their attempt to escape. Peter and his fiancée then decide that they do not want to marry each other and they call off the wedding.

Christina and Courtney return home and help Jane get out of a sexual situation with her boyfriend where the emergency crew was called in. Sometime later, Courtney is dating a doctor and is clearly very attracted to him, and Christina is back to a newly unfulfilled life of being single again. Later, Peter finds Christina's address in the log at the store they bought their clothes in and tracks her down. Christina, determined not to fear the commitment, kisses Peter and then walks away disappointed.

Peter is interviewed like the men at the beginning of the film, retelling his version of the events calling Christina a bitch and a player, but ultimately reveals that he and Christina are together, having gotten married and are living very happily with Jane, Courtney and Roger as well.



Home media


The film was released on DVD and VHS on August 20, 2002 by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.[6]

An unrated version was also released on DVD with some extra scenes added, including a musical performance by Diaz, Applegate and Blair, known as "The Penis Song".[7][8]



On its opening weekend, it earned US$9,430,667 on 2,670 screens, ranking #3 behind Changing Lanes and Panic Room. It eventually grossed US$68,696,770 worldwide.[2]

Critical response


On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 26% based on 111 reviews, with an average rating of 4.30/10. The site's consensus called the film "a collection of hit-or-miss gags tied together by a thin plot."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 32 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[10] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.[11]

It was among Ebert & Roeper's "Worst of 2002", in the category "Big Stars in Big Bombs".[12]


  1. ^ In the unrated version, Jane also returns to the lunch and the women talk about always complimenting men for the sizes of their penises, eventually breaking out into a restaurant-wide "Penis Song".


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  2. ^ a b c "The Sweetest Thing". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ "Kate Walsh: Five Fun Facts". people.com. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
  4. ^ March 30, Natalie Abrams; EDT, 2018 at 02:00 PM. "'The Sweetest Thing' writer Nancy Pimental sets record straight on film's true inspiration". EW.com. Retrieved 2023-08-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Taking Their Act to Hills". www.latimes.com. 15 September 2002.
  6. ^ Topel, Fred (July 5, 2002). "Sweetest Is a Sweeter Deal With Extras". hive4media.com. Archived from the original on August 28, 2002. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Sweetest Thing (2002)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  8. ^ Natalie Abrams. "'The Sweetest Thing' reunion! A NSFW chat with the trio from the OG women's raunchfest". Ew.com. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  9. ^ The Sweetest Thing at Rotten Tomatoes
  10. ^ The Sweetest Thing at Metacritic Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  12. ^ "Ebert & Roeper, The Worst of 2002". 2003-05-25. Archived from the original on May 25, 2003. Retrieved 2013-10-04.