Stuck In Love (2012) Review

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Stuck In Love (2012), aka Writers (Canada), aka A Place For Me (Australia)

Directed by Josh Boone

Starring:
Jennifer Connelly
Greg Kinnear
Lily Collins & her eyebrows
Logan Lerman
Kristen Bell
Liana Liberato
Nat Wolff

Plot Synopsis:
A family of mostly writers (author Greg Kinnear, ex-wife Jennifer Connelly, and their children Lily Collins & Nat Wolff) are affected by the highs & lows of life and love in various ways.

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My Opinion:

I’d never heard of this film when I went to it early one day recently (Didn’t know it was a senior citizen showing. That was awesome. It was so quiet and I haven’t felt so young in a long time!). Apparently it came out in Canada in 2012 under the title Writers? Then the US in July and finally the UK now on what appeared to be a very limited release.

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Anyway – I quite liked this film. Not sure why it got no attention. I always find “authors” interesting as I’d love to be one (but would have to actually have any sort of writing ability in the first place).

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Greg Kinnear is the father and the author of a well respected book. His marriage to Jennifer Connelly fell apart a few years ago but he wants her back & still sets a place for her at the Thanksgiving table every year despite the fact that she has re-married. He pushes his children (maybe a little too hard) to be writers as well. The daughter (Lily Collins) is just about to have her first book published. She’s very bitter & has no interest in anything other than casual relationships after watching her parents’ marriage fall apart (which she blames entirely on her mother & is punishing her by no longer talking to her). The son (Nat Wolff) is a sensitive teenager obsessed with Stephen King and desperate for a girlfriend. I loved the Stephen King thing here as I love his stuff – it’s an added little treat for King fans.

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To be honest, this story is pretty predictable every step of the way. There’s nothing exactly new or original here. But it works. Sometimes films like these work as long as you buy into the characters and care about what happens to them. I’d definitely recommend it as a nice weekend afternoon film. Logan Lerman is in this as a boy trying to win the affection of icy Lily Collins. I’ve loved him ever since The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and he’s totally loveable here too. Lily Collins is fine and the movie is good enough that I wasn’t at all distracted by her eyebrows. I loved the sad story of Kinnear’s & Connelly’s marriage, where all isn’t as it seems. And the son’s story is very predictable but he’s so likeable that you really want the best for him. The only annoying character in the film is Kristen Bell (but I always find her annoying). Her character does have a purpose, though.

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So…. I liked this. No complaints. I recommend it to anyone who thinks it sounds like their type of thing. Good human stories about characters that feel very real.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Went to this movie recently and really liked it – one of my favorites this year. Logan Lerman & Ezra Miller were both very good and I think Emma Watson probably was as well but I was too distracted by the fact that I kept thinking I was watching Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club! When did she turn into her??

Anyway – indie movies – I love them or I hate them. This one got it right. I now want to read the book to get more character development (there’s supposedly a lot more about his family in the book), which I very rarely do – it’s hard to read a book after seeing the movie. I always do it the other way around!

One very trivial thing that annoyed me in this movie, though. As I felt I could really relate to the characters, I figured it was written by someone my age or it took place when I was a teenager. From what I can gather, it did – it’s set in about 1991. So… I was the same age then as the characters in the movie. GREAT characters. The type of people I wanted as friends in 1991 (but didn’t exist in my small hick town). Characters very into music. Like I was (and am still). Characters who, in 1991, don’t know a popular David Bowie song?! Come on! I sure as hell knew David Bowie, I certainly knew “Heroes”, and these characters certainly would have too! Okay, like I said it’s a trivial thing but it annoyed me. Oh, and the music in the movie was okay but quite predictable. “We are a quirky indie movie therefore we must stick a song by The Smiths in there”. 500 Days of Summer beat you to that. Both great movies, though, so I’m not really complaining… 😉

Rating: 8.5/10

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