Love Hurts (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Love Hurts
Moss brings warmth and dignity to a part that could've easily slid into stereotype, while Camryn Manheim owns her few scenes as Amanda's best friend.
The direction rarely rises above acceptable, but anytime the camera's pointed at Grant, it doesn't matter.
There's a perfectly likable, sitcomish romantic comedy buried somewhere deep inside Barra Grant's indie Love Hurts, but it would have taken some very significant rewrites to unearth it.
A flat-footed sitcom with unconvincing situations and comedy.
This is not muddy storytelling, just bipolar and unconvincing, as Grant force-feeds us comedy to soften us up for the emotional kill.
Audience Reviews for Love Hurts
I thought this movie was rather enjoyable, and sweet. I loved the relationship the son had with his parents. I found that extremely endearing. Nice movie that isn't a blockbuster for most, but for me it was a nice afternoon couch movie...
**1/2 (out of four) Richard E. Grant gets the chance to let his hair down a bit this flashy and frantic part. But, he is over-the-top and makes it hard to care about the character's outcome. Grant and his wife (Carrie-Ann Moss) have hit a rough time. She no longer loves him like she did and decides to move out. Grant tries to recapture his glory years by taking u with several different women. Grant enjoys his part, but it never becomes clear enough when he is able to change enough to win his wife back.
This is not muddy storytelling, just bipolar and unconvincing, as Grant force-feeds us comedy to soften us up for the emotional kill. It's bloodless material, sluggishly captured by Barra, who's trapped in directorial survival mode, terrified to color outside of the lines.
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