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410. Stuck in Love

Published March 17, 2014

Background info

Title: Stuck in Love Director: Josh Boone Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 37m

“Three years after his divorce, acclaimed novelist Bill Borgens is still obsessed with his ex-wife Erica, who left him for another man. Meanwhile, his fiercely independent daughter Samantha is publishing her first novel but refusing to deal with real life. Sam’s younger brother, Rusty - also an aspiring writer - gets too much of a taste of real life when his dream girl turns out to have a trouble past.”

Live blog

2:12 - I veer between ‘look at her eyebrows’ and ‘that came from Phil Collins’?? 3:58 - I would absolutely freak out if someone was staring through my window, known to me or otherwise. 8:08 - I didn’t know there was an argument to be had about what publisher you go with. Self-publishing rules. 10:39 - Is Jennifer Connelly supposed to be Demi Moore? 13:27 - Don’t mix family and work and stuff. Tricky times. 14:03 - “Can I ask you a question without you getting defensive?” 16:03 - Hopeless romantics versus realists. That’s pretty much our house. 20:53 - It was the opening line of the film. 22:08 - I really, really don’t think I knew everything to be creative by the time I was 20. 28:04 - Fighting better than silence, for sure. 30:28 - “You reek of romance and good intentions.” 38:57 - Loving the guy that’s stalking Phil Collins Jr. 44:19 - Why are people just leaving their doors open? 51:10 - Two batches of burned cookies! 55:06 - “You make me feel less cynical.” That’s my kind of romantic line. 1:06:36 - Mysterious is the best possible word for the description of writing. 1:13:48 - Getting his sister to restrain him seems harsh! 1:21:57 - Ah, the moment when you realise your parents are human. 1:27:22 - “See ya Steven.”

Conclusions

Having established that I am not totally hardhearted, and that I do have a soft spot for some romantic movies (The Bodyguard), we wanted to try out a more up to date one with the proviso that I kept an open mind.

It actually worked, I quite enjoyed this film. We’ve been working through some less challenging movies due to sheer exhaustion, and this was absolutely what we needed - just a handful of people twisting and turning through tricky relationships.

I enjoyed this one, it wasn’t too predictable, the characters were good although not entirely believable, and the writing angle was kinda fun. I really like the guy playing Rusty, too, having previously seen him in Admission.

Rating: 3/5

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