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Stuck in Love (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 17

It struggles to enliven its uneven script, but Stuck in Love boasts enough winning performances from its solid veteran cast to offer an appealing diversion for rom-com enthusiasts.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

It struggles to enliven its uneven script, but Stuck in Love boasts enough winning performances from its solid veteran cast to offer an appealing diversion for rom-com enthusiasts.

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Three years past his divorce, veteran novelist Bill Borgens (Academy Award (R) nominee Greg Kinnear) can't stop obsessing over, let alone spying on, his ex-wife Erica (Academy Award (R) winner Jennifer Connelly), who ignominiously left him for another man. Even as his neighbor-with-benefits, Tricia (Kristen Bell) tries to push him back into the dating pool, he remains blind to anyone else's charms. Meanwhile, his fiercely independent collegiate daughter Samantha (Lily Collins) is publishing her

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Drama, Comedy

Josh Boone

Oct 8, 2013

$79.0k

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (17)

Perfectly adequate airplane reading.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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The story, while unsurprising, is also quietly satisfying. Everyone comes to accept some hard truths about themselves.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Cliched literary trappings come together in "Stuck in Love," but the final product feels more like a footnote than a finished work.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Although "Stuck in Love" is an indie film, it hews slavishly to Hollywood formulas right down to its comfy Thanksgiving Day ending. It's all so easy, isn't it?

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Worthwhile for its fine performances, including the best work that Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly have done in quite a while.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Writer-director Josh Boone populates Stuck in Love with smart characters breaking from emotional holding patterns of varying contours.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Elevated by warm performances and a relatively involving story, this middlebrow indie drama gets pass marks in spite of its generic trappings and lapses into sentimentality. Plus, Lily Collins' eyebrows.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Highlighted by standout performances by Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins, this film has it all, some humor, some tears, and a lot of truth.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

A little heavy-handed at times, "Stuck in Love" is saved from the maudlin pile by its stellar cast.

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

[VIDEO ESSAY] A well blended cocktail of familial connections, aspirations, and separations, "Stuck in Love" is a complex romantic comedy that keeps on giving even when you think it has run its course.

July 8, 2013 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

[Boone's] semiautobiographical film is a confident, at times wonderfully nuanced, and often well-paced rewrite of his own parents' divorce.

July 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Familiar tale of indie-suburban angst.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Like many films paying lip service to the world of writing and publishing, Stuck in Love is in a big hurry to get to the good parts

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Just like most romantic comedies (though this is more of a "rom-dram"), Stuck In Love. believes nothing is worthier than refusing to give up after you've been rebuffed in no uncertain terms.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Three writers in one family explore the different shades of love.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Set in a world of resplendent beach homes and scrubbed-clean towns, populated by genetically blessed people who wouldn't know a real concern if it smacked them in the face.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

But all too soon, Boone's questionable taste level and constant, very self-conscious but none-too-deep emphasis on the what, how and why of Writers becomes oppressive and extremely precious.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Immensely likable but a little too tidy in its emotional payoff, the movie benefits from its charming, empathetic ensemble.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Nicely acted, but a bit all over the place

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for Stuck in Love

What a sweet movie! Loved all the characters, the story line, the heart, and the simplicity. I love Greg Kinnear- he has a certain charm to him always! This movie was lovely, genuine, and I absolutely loved the ending message.
March 17, 2014
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A story of first loves and second chances.

Great Film! The film is technically well-balanced between slick Hollywood production values and a relaxed indie look. The casting was great, as was the plot and story line. It was a touching story, where despite the indiscretions of a married couple, you had them rooting for each other to find their way back to each other and to bring their family together. The movie went fast and even though you hoped for a happy ending, you weren't quite sure how it was going to turn out. I won't spoil it, but the ride to the end was worth it. It is a cute, summer drama that is worth checking out.

Meet the Borgens. William Borgens is an acclaimed author who hasn't written a word since his ex-wife Erica left him 3 years ago for another man. In between spying on Erica and casual romps with his married neighbour Tricia, Bill is dealing with the complexities of raising his teenage children Samantha and Rusty. Samantha is publishing her first novel and is determined to avoid love at all costs - after all she's seen what it has done to her parents. In between hook ups, she meets "nice guy" Lou who will stop at nothing to win her over. Rusty, is an aspiring fantasy writer and Stephen King aficionado, who is on a quest to gain 'life experiences'. He falls for the beautiful, but troubled Kate and gets his first taste of love and a broken heart. A tale of family, love (lost and found), and how endings can make new beginnings. There are no rewrites in life, only second chances.
October 25, 2013
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Manu Gino

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The quirky romantic comedy Stuck In Love is impressively thoughtful and sincere. Three years after his wife left him novelist Bill Borgens continues to hold out hope that they'll get back together; meanwhile his two teenage children deal with the break up in their own way. The themes of love appear throughout each character's journey; as they each struggle with some different aspect it, and its hold on them. Starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, and Kristen Bell, the casting is quite strong, and performances are all quite good. Additionally, the soundtrack does an excellent job at complementing the tone of the film. Stuck In Love is a bit of a conventional rom-com in some ways, but it has an important message that goes beyond the usual platitudes.
March 4, 2014
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Since his wife, Erica (Connelly), left him for a younger man a couple of years ago, novelist Bill (Kinnear) has been moping around, awaiting her increasingly unlikely return. His 19-year-old daughter, Sam (Collins), has been so affected by her mother's betrayal that she refuses to allow herself become romantically involved, choosing a string of one night stands instead, until a classmate (Lerman) sweeps her off her feet. Rusty (Wolff), his 16-year-old son, is a shy, romantic young man obsessed with a troubled girl in his class. All three must face the question of how to deal with the obstacle of love to move forward with their respective lives.

Writer-director Boone's debut feature is a light, breezy affair, often reminiscent of the sort of milk-toast dramas American networks air on Sunday evenings. Think 'Seventh Heaven' with liberals. His characters, who he clearly feels affection for even if we can't, don't stand up closely to scrutiny. The set-up is almost identical to Noah Baumbach's 'The Squid & the Whale' but Boone asks us to take the side of the self-absorbed novelist father rather than the rational mother. Bill spends the movie lamenting the break-up of his marriage while at the same time conducting an affair with a married neighbor (Bell), an irony Boone's script never addresses. Sam has quite an odious personality and her sudden transformation into a sensitive soul never feels realistic. Likewise Rusty, who goes from shy geek to world's-greatest-boyfriend with the swing of a punch.

A film-maker like Todd Solondz could take these characters as they are and make this a biting satire of middle class self indulgence. At one point Rusty reveals how his father pays him a weekly wage to write his journal, all so he doesn't have to take "a shitty job in MacDonalds". None of the characters have problems that couldn't be solved by heeding the advice of anyone who implored "Get over yourself!". Quite why we should back these characters is unclear, and if they weren't essayed by affable personalities like Kinnear, Collins and Wolff the film could be a gruelling test of audience willpower. Collins, daughter of Phil, is a real revelation, a tomboyish Audrey Hepburn who is perfectly cast, in her looks, as Connelly's daughter. At times, the actress gets Boone out of a hole, saving awkwardly written moments with her expressive face.
Considering he's made a movie about writing, Boone could do well to learn the most important element of drama; conflict. His characters simply have it all too easy; they just don't realize it. Maybe Boone doesn't either?
May 28, 2013
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