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?