- Directed by: Josh Boone
- WIth: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly and Nat Wolff
- 97 Minutes
Growing up is always a tough deal… The whole idea of knowing ourselves and how to behave and respect the others who live among us is not an easy task. Our parents try really hard and give their best every single day to make us honorable persons but when love comes in the middle everything becomes even harder. Josh Boone, the director of “The Fault in Our Stars” (you can read the review for TFIOS by clicking here), is the responsible of this romantic comedy about love and growing-up… With Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins and Nat Wolff (Isaac from “The Fault in Our Stars”), “Stuck in Love” is like a melody about our daily life and our relationships and a sentimental story that will touch your heart for sure.
The Borgens are a very special family composed by William, an acclaimed author incapable of writing since his ex-wife Erica left him, his daughter Samantha who is publishing her first novel and who is trying to avoid love at all costs and his son Rusty who is an aspiring fantasy writer and a Stephen King fan and who is ready to gain his first “life experiences”. Although he’s visited by his married neighbor and fuck buddy, William still suffers from being away of his ex-wife, so sometimes he decides to spy on her. Samantha, who is constantly denying love, is opposed to her dad’s behavior and is constantly trying to get a man for an occasional hook-up while Rusty is in love with a colleague from his school. When Samantha meets at last a decent “nice guy” named Lou who is determined to win her over, her life and her beliefs will change forever. The young woman who thought that love meant being stuck begins living a love story alongside with a guy whose qualities didn’t fit in her hook-up desires. William’s situation, by other hand, is definitely harder since he refuses to stop believing that his ex-wife Erica will return one day to his arms, which puts him in a delicate situation. Captivated by the words of his sister and his father about getting some “life experiences”, Rusty decides to take a huge step and to enter a party attended by his crush. After joining the party, Rusty finds out that the crush of his dreams was addicted to drugs and after watching her being pushed by her boyfriend, he decides to protect her by punching him and by giving her a place to rest. Soon, they become really close and intimate and Rusty life starts changing radically. Together, the Borgens will share their experiences and thoughts in a search for happiness.
With “Stuck in Love”, Josh Boone proved me that is a great director when it comes to romances and heart-warming stories. He’s capable to represent in a great way the relationships and the family bonds that connect every experience of the Borgens. He’s a talented director when it comes to love stories and I was surprised with all the morality and love put into the story. “Stuck in Love” is a “good-feeling” movie that features a series of events that are able to teach you some life lessons about love and family. But just like in TFIOS, Josh Boone had in “Stuck in Love” the help of talented actors that were able to make the whole movie a great experience. Nat Wolf, Isaac from “The Fault in Our Stars” has again that great posture of a “nice guy” and his energy and presence makes everything more natural and funnier. Greg Kinnear, the lonely man in this story, was a surprise to me since his performance probably one of the best things about the movie. He is used to romances but the feelings and the emotion behind his character made his task look a lot difficult. The rise and fall of his happiness is almost contagious and works really well since it allows the story to be more natural and captivating. As for the other elder woman, Jennifer Connelly, I don’t have too much to say since she was always a good actress and her performance as a mother who is trying to win back her daughter’s respect and love was great. Kristen Bell and Logan Lerman were good, especially Logan Lerman who is having a really rough time during the movie and the way he conquers Samantha is just lovely to watch. At last but not the least, Lily Collins, the main actress from “The Mortal Instruments” saga, is a crucial member of the cast who provides a more relaxed and rebelled touch to the whole story. The way her beliefs change during the movie is an interesting display of how emotions and feelings change all the time in our daily life.
Although the performances were great to watch and although I am a huge fan of romances and of movies about growing-up, “Stuck in Love” was not attractive as TFIOS was due to the simple fact that there was nothing in it that stood up and that was truly remarkable. Sure, the display of feelings is great and the chemistry between everyone made the movie look natural but I didn’t noticed any WOW factor. This love story about something more than just love was capable of entertaining me and was really interesting to watch. But even though I enjoyed it a lot and even though all the pleasant things I referred already, “Stuck in Love” was not amazing when compared with other titles about growing-up.
This exchange of experiences and thoughts between the members of the family and the bonds that unite them give a familiar tone to the story that I appreciated a lot. Sure there were predictable moments but when a story is told in such a lovely way, those things can be forgotten for a while. Great acting and lovely story is a successful recipe that worked so many times in cinema history so Josh Boone was simply good at mixing these ingredients. When the movie was over, I felt relief, happiness and thought about all those experiences for a while… Because “Stuck in Love” is more than just a love story and there are some lessons to take from it. Engaging, captivating and lovely, “Stuck in Love” is not an amazing movie but it was a surprise for the natural way it portrayed a regular family and if I were way I would consider sharing it with your loved ones. “Stuck in Love” is a life lesson itself, is about taking second chances even when everything seems lost and about the power of love and union.