There a very few actors that when you see their name in the credits you know you’re in for a safe ride, Greg Kinnear is one of those actors. Stuck In Love is one of those movies you can totally sink into, and once in you’re fully absorbed by it until the closing credits.
William (Kinnear) is a highly successful author, but two years ago his life fell apart when his wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly) began an affair with another man, left William, got divorced and married her new toyboy. William spends his days mourning the loss of his true love by sneaking round her house and spying on her, or wasting the days having no strings attached sex with neighbor Tricia (Kristen Bell). It’s no surprise of course that with such dysfunctional events, the kids Rusty (Nat Wolff) and Samantha (Lily Collins) have some issues of their own.
Stuck In Love starts beautifully, and despite the various problems the characters have, which includes sex, abuse, and drug problems; it still manages to remain an utterly enchanting film. In the mix of bad things, there is so much love in this movie; it’s a really nice place to be. It’s also, a point I cannot understate, incredibly funny.
There are no duff story aspects in this movie, it’s all-good, the individual stories of love especially those that relate to the dysfunctional kids are just adorable. Weed addicted Rusty falls for bad girl Kate, while hell raiser Samantha (Collins was the ideal choice to play the daughter of Connelly they look identical) goes for a polar opposite with interesting side effects. Meanwhile the parents individually have their own dilemma’s and mental turmoil.
Stuck In Love has a very 80’s feel about it, a sort of timeless charm, we see the seasons move from summer to winter, the sun shines, the snow falls, it’s just incredibly beautiful, and really, really nice the whole way through.
Revolving around a family of authors, one author gets a lot of attention. Stephen King fans will find a lot to like here with a reference to the author popping up every twenty minutes, and a lengthy vocal cameo.
It’s still very early in the year to make such a statement but along with The Way Way Back (reviewed here from August 10th) it’s going to be on my favourite films of the year list.
Beautifully shot, it’s difficult for anyone to find any flaw with this movie. And you can catch it in UK cinemas from June 14th.