Stuck In Love - Review
Review by Rob Carnevale
CLICHES abound in writer-director Josh Boone’s tiresome Stuck In Love, a romantic comedy drama that struggles to hold any interest in spite of a decent cast.
Focusing on the lives of a family of writers, Boone’s film also fails to deliver a character worth rooting for, making their troubles seem all the more pretentious into the bargain.
Heading up the family is William Borgens (Greg Kinnear), a once successful novelist now struggling with writer’s block and unable to get over the break-up of his relationship with his wife (Jennifer Connelly), for whom he always sets a place at the annual Thanksgiving table just in case.
Then there’s free-spirited daughter Samantha (Lily Collins), newly published and down on love (she prefers just to cut to the chase and have sex with whoever she fancies). But that doesn’t deter mild-mannered fellow student Lou (Logan Lerman) from pursuing her.
And finally there’s Rusty (Nat Wolff), the youngest son, struggling with his writing, who is urged by dad to put himself out there and generate his own life experiences, which inevitably finds him drawn to a fellow, albeit drug-addicted class-mate (Liana Liberato).
If you think you know where all these stories are headed you’d probably be right. But the journey in getting there is just plain tedious.
Most of the characters are so self-absorbed that they quickly get on your nerves, while last act realisations and happy endings feel hugely contrived.
The comedy is light, the drama trifling and the innumerable literary references eventually groan inducing.
Of the performances, few manage to rise above the limitations imposed by the material although Lerman and Kinnear emerge with the most credit.
In the final analysis, though, Stuck In Love offers little to recommend.
Running time: 90mins
UK Release Date: June 14, 2013