Love the Hard Way (2003)
Claire, a brilliant student, seeks answers to the meaning of life in the calm of her biology laboratory. One day, she meets a mysterious young man, Jack, at the cinema, and is intrigued by his style, assurance and audacity. Apart from his artistic activities, Jack has a regular scam going, ripping off foreign businessmen with his loyal mate Charlie and two actresses. But his tough guy exterior conceals a secret passion for old books, and he dreams of writing a novel one day. Jack falls hard for Claire's purity and curiosity. An unusual romance develops between them. But Jack is scared of their growing intimacy and rejects Claire, withdrawing into his shell. Abandoned and confused, Claire gradually begins to neglect her studies and embarks on a spiraling course of self-destruction, whilst Jack, who tries to ignore her, concentrates on his criminal activities. However, a sharp detective, named Linda Fox, is following his dodgy tracks. … More
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Critic Reviews for Love the Hard Way
To say the love story was hard to believe, is putting it mildly--it was impossible to fathom.
Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation.
One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending.
The biggest flaw in Love the Hard Way is its total inability to coherently convey the passage of time.
Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino.
There must be some reason to worry over the fate of these people, but it's not in the movie.
Though the lanky, dreamy-eyed Brody shows range, he's got a dorky quality that's hard to dismiss -- his strutting his stuff sends eyes rolling.
Brody has offbeat charisma, but it's no match for the corny dialogue he's given here, not to mention the Wild at Heart snakeskin jacket he wears.
"Love the Hard Way" looks low budget and any box office will be made from those interested in seeing Brody in his post "Pianist" role...
As character studies of Jack and Claire, it is daring and inventive, and worthy of comparison with the films of a French master of criminal psychology like Jean-Pierre Melville.
so damn weird in refusing to go where one expects that it maintains interest - too bad it missed a chance at last minute redemption with a satisfying conclusion
Brody creates exactly the taunting demi-monster who could inveigle Claire.
It's a mostly clichéd story about a good girl who falls for a bad boy and believes that their love is strong enough to make him change his ways. When has that ever worked -- in real life or the movies?
Annoying as it is in some ways, is worth seeing for Brody's performance alone.
Brody's performance as Jack is about as good as that which won him the Oscar for The Pianist.
[Brody] can be proud of his work here, and the movie is better than just a pre-stardom curiosity.
Such a volatile presence needs control, and director Peter Sehr doesn't fine-tune either the character or the performance enough to keep it from burning out and self-destructing.
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