I watched Stuck in Love this past week and why I decided to watch it was because of Logan Lerman, Lily Collins and the fact that the story revolved around characters who are all writers (father, son and daughter).
Stuck in Love brings us through the lives of the different family members in the Borgens family. First, the father of the family, Bill (Greg Kinnear) is divorced from his ex-wife. However, he cannot get over her and frequently stalks her at her house where she lives with her new, younger husband where he would look at her through the window and just watch her. It kind of reminds me of what Steve Carell did in Crazy, Stupid Love if anyone remembers.
Bill believes that his ex-wife Erica would come back and so every Thanksgiving, he tells his son, Rusty (Nat Wolff) to set up a place at the dinner table for her although she never turns up. He tries to get over her by having -ahem- with a neighbor from time to time, Tricia (Kristen Bell), who tries to help him get back on his feet.
This Thanksgiving, Sam (Lily Collins), Bill’s daughter returns home with big news that her first book is getting published. Bill is ecstatic for his daughter but becomes understandably annoyed when he finds out that it wasn’t the book that he had worked on with her. He tells Sam to share her good news with her mother but she refuses, not wanting to have anything to do with the woman who she thinks betrayed her father.
Sam pursues one-night stands with random strangers and vows never to fall in love because of what happened to her parents and to protect her from ever getting hurt. However, that all changes when she meets Lou (Logan Lerman), who shows her that he likes her for who she is and that wants to date her sincerely. His sincerity and kindness touches her and slowly, she finds herself falling in love with him.
Rusty is a romantic who hopes to be the knight in shining armour for the girl that he likes. He falls in love with a wild girl from his class, Kate and dedicates his poem to her, in it calling her an angel. He steps in when she gets abused by her boyfriend and the two get together. He doesn’t realize the intensity of Kate’s troubled background though, which will come to light later on.
The family will open old wounds and mend them back as they learn the importance of each other through the events they go through.
– Final Thoughts –
I was expecting this movie to be pretty good because of Logan Lerman and Lily Collins but I didn’t expect it to be so rushed and abrupt at the ending. I guess I can understand why this 2012 movie didn’t come out in the cinemas sooner. It isn’t a very memorable movie and it doesn’t leave a huge impression. Probably the only couple interesting to watch was Lou and Sam because they were the most relatable I think. Logan Lerman did a wonderful job of portraying Lou’s genuineness and sincerity in loving Sam, his expressions and gestures showed it all, that he was that ‘nice’ boy who was falling in love for the first time and that he was serious about it. Lily Collins’ Sam was touched a little too early in my opinion, for a stubborn girl who was stuck in her belief of pursuing one-night stands in order not to get hurt. I also found it strange that she would stalk Lou and even spy on him at the doorway of his own house out of the blue.
The story isn’t well told in the sense that halfway through the story I kind of got lost and confused at what was happening. I guess to understand the story you’d have to pick up on their actions and understand their unspoken words. For people like me, I kind of need people to say it straight so I get it so that technique of communication in this movie didn’t work for me.
In conclusion, this is the movie to watch if you have nothing better to do, or if you don’t mind watching Logan Lerman and Lily Collins play emotional roles wonderfully. They are the only reason why the show was tolerable for me.
Rating: 6/10 for storyline