Love the Hard Way (2003)



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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.
R (for sexual content, language and violence)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Jon Seda
as Charlie
Pam Grier
as Linda Fox
Joey Kern
as Fitzgerald
Riley G. Matthews Jr.
as Riot Officer
Dave Simmonds
as Librarian
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Critic Reviews for Love the Hard Way

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (22)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation.

September 20, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending.

September 12, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Full Review… | August 8, 2003
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino.

August 1, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There must be some reason to worry over the fate of these people, but it's not in the movie.

Full Review… | July 25, 2003
Denver Post
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Audience Reviews for Love the Hard Way

A tragic love story with too much tragedy and not enough love.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

Gritty and weirdly real and unreal at the same time. Brody's character and his desperation to connect with others (and his inability to do this in a non-douchey way) is actually really lovely and delicately done. His performance is very cool. The film kind of goes off the deep end, but I can appreciate the unconventionality of it. SIDENOTE: Is this really what it looked like in 2003? Because that shit looks like it was shot in the 90's...

Rachel Yong
Rachel Yong

I am opting for the happy ending that was left as a mere suggestion at the end of this movie. Brody and Ayanna were great together.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

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