Stuck in Love
"Stuck in Love" is a romantic drama, spearheaded by Jennifer Connelly and Greg Kinnear, about a family of writers who can turn a phrase about love, but are otherwise clueless about it. Kinnear plays Borgens, a famous novelist, divorced from the love of his life, Erica (Connelly). He hasn’t written since the separation. She has moved on. Meanwhile, their two kids attempt to navigate relationships of their own. It begins at Thanksgiving, and concludes one exactly one year later at Thanksgiving dinner.
There are many problems with this movie: The pacing is slow. The screenplay isn’t half bad when it isn’t pretentious, and it is pretentious about the oh-so-important life of professional writers often. The movie doesn’t know which genre it fits into; it is neither romantic (it presents Borgens stalking of his ex as a romantic quirk -- stalking is a federal offense, and not something loving people do) nor very dramatic. The acting is its only saving grace.
Kinnear and Connelly are excellent in their roles. They give Borgens and Erica gravitas and depth that the script doesn’t warrant. The youngsters deliver good performances, but they still have some growing to do as actors.
Kristen Bell plays the spunky neighbor Tricia. She is the voice of reason that guides Borgens to better himself (and to stop stalking Erica) that kickstarts positive change for the Borgens family. Bell’s small role gives the movie a desperately needed energy boost.
This is a movie for fans of Kinnear, Connelly and the other actors. It wants to be the kind of movie that causes its audience to dwell on life’s meanings and the quest for love. Unfortunately, director and writer, Josh Boones misses his mark (but is so close to the bulls-eye).
Special features include director’s commentary and a "making of" featurette on the Blu-ray. The DVD has previews for other movies my Millennium Entertainment.
"Stuck in Love"