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Stuck in Love Review

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Endearing performances buoy predictable film about love in the wake of divorce.

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  • 70

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    Village Voice Chris Packham

    Writer-director Josh Boone populates Stuck in Love with smart characters breaking from emotional holding patterns of varying contours.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Thoughtful family drama has some teen drinking/drug use.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Stuck in Love is a drama filled with complex, flawed characters and interesting relationships. Though it features older teens as characters, the material is pretty edgy; a supporting teen character is shown to be a drug addict and a cocaine user, and the main characters drink and smoke pot regularly. The three main characters are also sexually active, though only the adult is shown having sex (no nudity). Language is strong, too, with several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and other words. Violence includes three brief fistfights that result in bloody noses. Even though it goes a bit over the top at one point, ultimately this is an unusually intuitive movie about writers, so teens interested in writing as a profession may be interested.

  • Families can talk about how Stuck in Love depicts drinking, smoking, and drugs. Are there realistic/believable consequences? Does the movie make them look appealing or repulsive? 
  • Why is Samantha so interested in sex without love? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships. 
  • How much have these characters opened up to life? To what degree were they hurt? Does this movie make you want to be closed off and protected, like Samantha or hopeful like Rusty? 
  • Does Stuck in Love make you want to become a writer? What are the struggles versus the rewards? 

The good stuff
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    Messages: A rather complex message about opening your heart; i.e., it helps to open it a lot if you want to be a great writer, but it can also hurt a great deal. Characters in the movie are all searching for their own identities, artistic and otherwise, while still hanging onto family relationships and exploring romantic ones. There's also a small anti-drug message in the form of one of the minor characters.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Three of the main characters are writers, and their trials and successes may encourage or inspire teens with a yen for writing. Overall the characters are fairly complex, and they often fail to do the right thing while struggling with their identities, lives, and loves.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A couple of quick, mild fistfights. A teen punches a bully; later, the bully punches him back. The result isn't much more than bloody noses. In another scene, an adut assaults a teen boy by violently grabbing his nose, forcing him down, and then kicking him. (Although in the context of the scene, it could be argued that the boy deserved this; the man is trying to save the life of another teen.) Some arguing.

  • sex false4

    Sex: All three of the main characters are sexually active. The father pines for his ex-wife while occasionally sleeping with a married neighbor; their lovemaking is shown and heard, but no nudity is seen. A teen girl is said to be promiscuous, though her sex acts are never shown. A teen boy finds a girlfriend, and she seduces him in a closet -- though, again, nothing is actually shown.

  • language false4

    Language: Language is fairly strong, though not constant; words heard include "f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," "a--hole," "p---y," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A teen supporting character is shown to be a drug addict and a cocaine user. Viewers see her snorting cocaine in a bathroom at a party; she checks into rehab by the movie's end. A teen boy smokes pot fairly regularly and comes home drunk several times; his character is seen as "blowing off steam" rather than being an addict. Other characters are seen drinking wine at dinner or other drinks in bars. An adult character smokes cigarettes.