Tuesday 23 January 2018

Love sure hurts

Paul Whitington

Film Review: Stuck in Love (15A, general release, 97 minutes) 2 STARS

Director: Josh Boone Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell

There are no stupid people in writer/director Josh Boone's debut feature Stuck in Love. The main character, played by Greg Kinnear, is an apparently work-shy but award-winning author.

His teenage children are both about to become published novelists, and even his relatively dim ex-wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly) reads Joan Didion for pleasure. If the family had a dog it would probably have just sold its memoirs to Random House. But if Stuck in Love is anything to go by, literary success is no guarantee of happiness.

Bill Borgens (Kinnear) has been separated from his wife for almost three years, but has a hard time accepting it. He sneaks around her house at night, still sets a place for her at Christmas, and has pointedly refused to move on. Erica left him for a younger man and shows absolutely no sign of regretting it.

Stuck in Love plays out over an eventful year during which the characters learn painful lessons.

Nobody seems to do much actual writing, but they do talk about it a hell of a lot, and at one point Kinnear makes a glib speech about the torment of being a prose stylist.

It's pretty silly stuff, obvious in its references, apologetic about its apparent intelligence, and absurdly glib when it comes to resolve its various romantic dilemmas.

Irish Independent

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