LOVE HURTS Movie Review
Love Hurts will be released to theaters on November 13, 2009 (Limited). The movie stars Richard E. Grant, Carrie-Anne Moss, Johnny Pacar, Jenna Elfman, Janeane Garofalo, Camryn Manheim, Rita Rudner, Jeffrey Nordling and is directed by Barra Grant. If you are planning to go see the movie, here are a few reviews from around the web to help you make up your mind.
The protagonist of Barra Grant’s “Love Hurts” is an absent-minded physician more or less stuck in the ’80s, and the movie suffers from a similar problem: It’s a romantic comedy that takes as its model TV sitcoms from bygone days. Read more
There’s a perfectly likable, sitcomish romantic comedy buried somewhere deep inside Barra Grant’s indie “Love Hurts,” but it would have taken some very significant rewrites to unearth it. What’s left on the surface is an ungainly, at times cringe-worthy succession of tame, telegraphed romantic mishaps, well-intentioned if unconvincing sentimentality, and some of the least authentic teenage dialogue this side of the “Friday the 13th” franchise.
The karaoke scene. It’s become an epidemic. I’ve seen an inordinate amount of comedies over the last few years employ a karaoke bar as a comedic device, typically involving a fuddy-duddy character finding screechy vocal salvation at the hand of a memorable ’80’s hit. If there’s anything that immediately signals lazy screenwriting, it’s staging slapstick at a karaoke bar. “Love Hurts” features such a scene. Actually, a few of them. However, it’s the least of the offenses contained within this dreadful comedy, which runs through a checklist of clichés to make it to a contractually obligated 90-minute running time. It’s a long 90 minutes. Read more.
Love Hurts Synopsis: Ben Bingham has slipped into a fossilized middle-age, unlike his vibrant wife Amanda. When she finally leaves him, Ben is at a loss. He drowns himself in gin and refuses to get out of his pajamas until his popular 17 year-old son Justin takes over. He changes Ben’s “look” and pushes him out into the social scene. Before Ben knows what is happening, he is the most popular single man in town, pursued by his nurse, his trainer, and karaoke-singing twins. Things change when Justin falls in love for the first time and now finds his father’s lifestyle incredibly superficial. Ben is forced to refocus, recapture his humanity, his heart, and most importantly his wife… who is now with another man
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