Love Is Strange

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Held aloft by remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange serves as a graceful tribute to the beauty of commitment in the face of adversity.

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After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and - victims of the relentless New York City real estate market - temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bedroom. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements. (c) Sony Classics

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Critic Reviews for Love Is Strange

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (164) | Rotten (12)

  • Love is strange and so is this movie, but in a good way. It's so low key that you barely notice when big things are happening.

    Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The emotion is in the writing and in the story. The actors realise that it's the details which count here -- the looks and gestures -- not the showy speeches.

    Feb 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It starts with a marriage. A marriage which is also, unexpectedly, an ending of sorts, although you wouldn't know it from the hum of warmth and goodwill that surrounds Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina).

    Feb 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Get ready to feel your heart skip.

    Feb 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Would love to see another movie about these two characters.

    Feb 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Molina and Lithgow are both superb: two crusty romantics searching for crumbs in a world, however well-meaning, that is too busy for love unless it comes tidy, manageable and vexation-free.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 02, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2015
    A gay couple is forced to move into separate apartments when their marriage threatens the sensibilities of one's employer. An acting master class by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina with a fine supporting performance by Marissa Tomei highlight this softly moving story. The main conflicts are sometimes funny and sometimes quite dramatic and always genuine. Both main characters' loneliness figures prominently in the film's action, and its rendering is quite touching. While the film is "issue-driven," dealing with the injustices inflicted against gays and the affordability of real estate in Manhattan, it stays focused on the characters, which is its primary strength. Overall, Lithgow and Molina together create a gem.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2015
    Two old friends have decided to play a gay married couple and the results are outstanding. A forced separation and imposition on even those closest to them results in a tension remarkable played upon by two heavyweights - Lithgow and Molina
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2015
    A heartbreaking, inspiring and timely depiction of family, love and relationships in myriad forms. Understated but powerful performances, delivered with dignity and all the failings humankind is subject to, reflecting the often unforeseen human costs of injustice. A superb family drama. This film shows that love is not as strange as the the people who love -- or as beautiful.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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