Cameron Diaz has been in her fair share of raunchy movies. Bad Teacher, Sex Tape, and of course, There’s Something About Mary are a few that immediately come to mind. But one of her raunchiest movies has just hit Netflix for your viewing pleasure.
The title of the movie, The Sweetest Thing, certainly doesn’t tip the audience off as to what’s to come. The film opens “innocently” enough as interviews are being conducted with men who have been turned down by one woman, Christina Walters (Cameron Diaz). The men include one who flies off his exercise bike when he talks about Christina, a neurotic man who gets a nosebleed when Christina doesn’t call him after promising to do so, and a very attractive man who claims Christina is a lesbian, which is why she turned him down.
Cameron Diaz’s Christina Walters is a very successful interior designer. She is joined in the movie by Christina Applegate, who plays her best friend Courtney, and Selma Blair, who plays their other friend and roommate, Jane. Jane has just broken up with her boyfriend, so Christina and Courtney attempt to console her by taking her out to a club for drinking and dancing.
While there, and they actually find someone for Jane, Christina runs into Peter Donahue (Thomas Jane). Their first meeting doesn’t go well for Christina as Peter admonishes her for the methods she used to get Jane a man for the evening. When they meet again that night, Peter explains to her that he is at the club with his very obnoxious and womanizing brother Roger, and they are celebrating a wedding they’ll be attending that weekend. He then invites her and Courtney to an after-party, but Christina goes home instead, later regretting her decision.
Peter has made an impression on Christina. She can’t stop thinking about him, talking about him, and having naughty dreams about him and his prowess for going south. When Christina meets up with both Courtney and Jane for lunch, where they ride Jane for an embarrassing “Monica Lewinsky” dress accident. From there, the raunch is turned up. It’s all about the penis now as first, the three friends talk about them, then sing about them with their “Penis Song” (which the three stars, Diaz, Applegate, and Blair all co-wrote). The song itself is based on the tune “I’m Too Sexy” by the British band Right Said Fred. They then decide to head to Somerset, where the wedding Peter spoke to Christina about is taking place.
A series of female misadventures follow that include a toilet that explodes, the discovery of a glory hole, and an interaction with a motorcyclist who thinks Christina is giving Courtney oral sex. The girls finally arrive in Somerset.
Christina is beginning to have second thoughts but finally decides to go to the wedding. When they arrive, they realize that it isn’t Peter’s womanizing brother who is getting married, but it is Peter himself. Christina is devastated, almost ruining the wedding as she tries to escape.
Does Peter go through with the wedding? Will Christina ever find true love? The movie bookends as Peter is now being interviewed like the men from the beginning of the movie. He has a lot to say about Christina.
The Sweetest Thing has its moments. If you like your romantic comedies with a heaping side of raunch, then this is your movie. The three women are great in the flick and definitely are not shy when it comes to showing their naughty side. Thomas Jane holds his own opposite Cameron Diaz and Jason Bateman’s cameo as Peter’s brother Roger is, well, classic Jason Bateman. He does the womanizing pig very well.
You may be shocked to find out that this movie did not sit well with critics with one, David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews saying in part that the movie is “An interminable, absolutely abhorrent comedy…” and Jamie Russell of the BBC claiming “The overriding effect of watching these actresses debase themselves is the cinematic equivalent of a motorway car wreck.”
All is not lost though because there is a market for female raunch. Audiences seemed to like it enough to where Cameron Diaz and company brought home close to $70 million at the box office. Forget that the film cost director Roger Kumble and writer Nancy Pimental $43 million to make.
The Sweetest Thing was made way back in 2002, which put it nearly halfway through Cameron Diaz’s shortened career. Diaz made her name with her feature film debut in The Mask opposite Jim Carrey, and then ran off a string of major hits that included There’s Something About Mary, The Gangs of New York, Charlie’s Angels, and its sequel, Knight and Day, and the entire Shrek franchise.
Stardom, though, has its price and Cameron Diaz felt it. In 2014, Diaz decided to step away from acting and has not looked back. “I stopped and really looked at my life,” she told actress Gwyneth Paltrow on Paltrow’s In Goop Health: The Sessions podcast. “When you’re making a movie, they own you. You’re there for 12 hours a day for months on end, you have no time for anything else. I really needed to know that I could take care of myself, that I knew how to be an adult.”
Cameron Diaz’s last role in a film came in 2014 with the remake of the musical Annie. She reconfirmed her retirement from acting in 2018 but has maintained that she won’t rule out a return to acting at some point in the future.
If you want to see Cameron Diaz in all her raunchy glory, check out The Sweetest Thing on Netflix. It’s not as bad as the critics make it out to be.