Plot:An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.
Plot: An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year. Despite its subtle American indie-appeal and an endearing cast including Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly, Josh Boon’s Stuck in Love appears to have flown largely under the radar. Highlighting the wonders and pains of complicated relationships, the film focuses on the creative Borgens family.
Boon knows how to bring out the best in his actors as well as his story, and the cast do a perfect job at becoming the dysfunctional yet lovable Borgens family. With faultless performances and a story that leaves you feeling cheerful by the end, Stuck in Love is a gentle film with a lot of heart. Perhaps it’s the uninspiring title, on a par with the highly imaginative ‘Valentine’s Day’, or maybe it’s the generic promo poster that stifles the film’s charm. Novelist and father Ben is pining over his ex-wife, still setting a place at the table for her three years after she left him for a younger man.

There’s a sincere love of books that comes through the story, which will speak to anyone with a writer inside them. Greg Kinnear is on top form as always; he’s nailed the easy-going father role and his ability to bring dead-pan humour to a scene is always welcome. As with many films that quietly slip past many a cinema goer though, it’s a sweet little gem of a film from the man who will soon be bringing us The Fault in Our Stars. Ben hasn’t written a new book since Erica left, instead he fills his time pondering what his wife is doing, spying on her at night and having casual sex with his married neighbour. The realism is slightly off but it doesn’t seem to hinder the film’s ability to raise a smile, which it does throughout. Jennifer Connelly makes for a sincerely mixed up woman, trying to win back her daughter’s love and fix her own life in the process.
Ben’s son, Rusty, is a quiet creative type, more content with sitting in his room writing than actually living in the real world. That’s not to say that it’s all happiness and light because there are darker moments that hold plenty of emotional weight and might even produce a tear.

Lily Collins turns her back on weak fantasy roles in favour of a quick-witted and confident part as cynical Sam. Then there’s Rusty’s sister Sam, who has built up a wall of cynicism since her mum left and refuses to let anyone in.
Logan Lerman continues to play up the natural, off-beat charisma that made him so popular in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, whilst Nat Wollf is quite the revelation as withdrawn Rusty, awkward teenager one moment and bold hero the next. Until she meets Lou, who refuses to accept she’s as pessimistic and bitter as she wants the world to believe she is.

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