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Love Is All You Need Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    Variety Leslie Felperin

    Corny as a vat of polenta, but still rib-sticking enough to satisfy those who like lightly seasoned, easily digestible cinematic starch, Italy-set Love Is All You Need offers a romantic comedy for middle-aged palettes.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice Zachary Wigon

    Formulaic despite its trespasses, Love Is All You Need leaves the lingering sensation that more fun could have been had if the film cut loose and lived a little.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    While virtually everything that happens in this grown-up rom-com can be seen coming a mile off, Danish director Susanne Bier’s assured touch and warm regard for her characters make the film both pleasurable and satisfying.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What's remarkable, though, is how Ms. Bier's film, in Danish and English, finds beauty in its quiet moments, which are many and close between.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Brosnan and Dyrholm are irresistible, communicating volumes with mere glances as well as sharp dialogue.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Older teens, adults can say "I do" to wedding dramedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Love Is All You Need is a dramedy about love and marriage that mixes sadder moments with light ones. For a romcom of sorts, it takes on some heavy themes -- including mortality, death, infidelity, and sexual identity -- that are a better fit for older teens and adults. Some scenes feature partial nudity (a woman walks in on her husband in a sexually compromising position with his female colleague, and the colleague is naked from the waist down, with her rear end visible), opposite-sex and same-sex characters kiss, there's some drinking (including to drunkenness), and characters swear ("s--t," "damn," etc.) in both Danish and English.

  • Families can talk about how Love Is All You Need portrays sex and relationships. Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these subjects.
  • Weddings seem to figure prominently in many movies; what it is about them that makes them great material? How is this movie similar to, and different from, other wedding movies? Does it perpetuate any stereotypes?
  • In what ways are the characters struggling with their gender roles and identities? Are they able to resolve their questions?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Sometimes, people find each other at the exact moment they need each other. Also, kindness, honesty, and patience rule when it comes to relationships.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Philip is a misanthrope, but he has a big heart. Ida is a kind-hearted individual who realizes she's unhappy but tries to deal with it with kindness.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A young man takes a swing at his father in anger over his mother's mistreatment.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A brief scene shows a wife finding her husband in the middle of a sex act with another woman. The mistress is nude from the waist down, and her behind is visible. In another scene, a woman is shown swimming naked in the sea. Couples (men and women; two men) are shown kissing.

  • language false2

    Language: Some use of "s--t" and "damn," mostly in Danish. (The movie is in both English and Danish.)

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking (mostly wine) by adults at parties and gatherings. Some guests become very inebriated.