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LUV (2013)

LUV (2013)

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An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr. (c) Indomina

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Cast

Common
as Vincent
Michael Kenneth Williams
as Detective Holloway
Lonette McKee
as Grandma Beanie
Meagan Good
as Beverly Freeman
Clark Johnson
as Harold Barnes
Malcolm Berman
as Walt Bernstein
Robin Frisby
as Receptionist
Cyrus Jones
as Dunbar Head Coach
Michael Finley
as Dunbar Assistant Coach
Sean Banks
as Rudy Bond
Russell Hornsby
as Detective Pratt
Sammi Rotisi
as Jamison
Anwan Glover
as Enoch Boykins
Chris Foxx Clanton
as Flashlight Guy
Chris Clanton
as Flashlight Guy
Tyrone Moore
as Security Guard #1
Marc Alston
as Security Guard #2
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Critic Reviews for LUV

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (18)

Director-co-writer Sheldon Candis stretches a lot of the time, a romantic story seems to have been cut drastically, and the film's climax is far too typical.

January 18, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Even the boarded-up row houses look romantic.

January 18, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A sometimes taut and occasionally preposterous day in the life of an 11-year-old accompanying his uncle on business in Baltimore.

January 18, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

What begins as a promising peek into the tragic cycle of waylaid promise that's crippling broken inner-city families is itself dispiritingly pulled sideways in the Baltimore-set indie "LUV."

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Both for good and for ill, "LUV" has a film-school feeling about it, and channels a legacy of fatalistic American crime cinema that includes "Mean Streets" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

January 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Saved from its predictable plotline by a strong cast and a central relationship written and performed with sensitivity, LUV reveals the stakes of trusting in a role model and the costs when that person turns out to be human.

January 17, 2013 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for LUV

Fresh out of jail, Vincent(Common) visits his nephew Woody(Michael Rainey Jr.) who is staying with his grandmother(Lonette McKee). That is followed by Vincent driving his nephew to school. Except he takes him to a tailor instead. That is to make a good impression when Victor goes to the bank to get a loan for his proposed restaurant. And then is stunned when he learns that his collateral is about to be foreclosed, requiring about $25,000 by Monday. That leads Vincent to reconnect with Arthur(Danny Glover), followed by a meeting with Mr. Fish(Dennis Haysbert). With its exemplary cast that also includes Charles S. Dutton, Michael Kenneth Williams and Russell Hornsby, "Luv" takes the old story of an ex-con trying to go straight and turns it partially on its head. Whereas some cultural commentators complain about the absence of African American men from their children's lives(usually said comments come from outside the community), the movie takes a different angle by saying how in some cases it might not be such a bad idea if the man of the house is not present, considering how toxic his presence might possibly be. And Vincent may think he is doing good by Woody, but his actions speak otherwise. However, in the end, the wildly improbable ending undoes a lot of the realities of what came before in its lyrical pretentiousness.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Follow your hero. Or become your own man. Good Film! The film does a formidable job in demonstrating that no matter what you do or how much you may want to change, the past always has a way of catching up with you. The star power in this film immediately captured my attention. Scene upon scene brought a new recognizable well established actor on screen, which is so atypical when viewing Indie films. The film LUV is a fictionalized account of actual events that occurred in the writer director Sheldon Candis' life as he spent time with his uncle. There are some moments here that make you wonder why this kid is being dragged into all these situations, but as everything unfolds you realize it is part of what makes him grow as a man, whether they are good or bad. This was one of those movies that really delivered a surprising finished product to something that didn't offer a huge appeal other than the cast. It's these kinds of movies that remind you how to love film. It's not one of the best around, but there is passion and depth to this film filled with a cast that clearly did this for the love of the project and it shows in the finished product. Go see it! An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the ex-convict uncle he idolizes.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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