Book of Love (2004)

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Writer/director Alan Brown makes his feature-length debut with the comedy drama Book of Love, following his award-winning short film O Beautiful (released as part of Boys Life 4: Four Play). High school history teacher David (Simon Baker) is newly married to the lovely Elaine (Frances O'Connor). When they welcome the fresh-faced, teenaged student Chet (Gregory Smith) into their lives, both begin to feel a strain on their marriage after awhile. Book of Love premiered at the Sundance Film Festival … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Brown
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On DVD: Apr 26, 2005
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Sundance Channel Home Entertainment - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Book of Love

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | July 4, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

March 7, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Wait: When you sleep with a teenager that could have an impact on your marriage?

Full Review… | May 15, 2005
Filmcritic.com

Upsetting and bleak; a meditative exercise in ice cream, marital infidelity, DisneyWorld, statutory rape, and the Khmer Rouge.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004
Planet Sick-Boy

So thick with a contrived laughability that your only recourse is to start believing that you're watching a comedy.

Full Review… | February 18, 2004
eFilmCritic.com

February 18, 2004
Reel.com

Audience Reviews for Book of Love

½

Good actors stuck in a clunky disjointed mess of a movie. You never really understand who these people are so the stupid and irrational things the script has them do make no impact on the viewer.

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jay nixon

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½

It was okay. Wouldn't watch it again though.

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Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]In "Book of Love", Chet(Gregory Smith), a 16-year old high school student on his swimming team, works part-time in a local ice cream parlor in a New Jersey suburb. One day, in walks David(Simon Baker), a history teacher at a local all-girls high school and his beautiful wife, Elaine(Frances O'Connnor). Chet who is inexperienced in the ways of the world is fascinated to hear about their trip to Cambodia. Upon learning that he has never been to New York City, they take him under their wing and invite Chet along with them to watch a friend sing at a Manhattan nightclub. When David falls asleep after a barbecue, Chet makes a drunken pass at Elaine...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Book of Love" is an intelligent movie that is not afraid of going to dark and uncomfortable places. It is about the consequences to be faced when self-control is lost. And Frances O'Connor gives a truly heartfelt performance.[/font]

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Walter M.

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