in Love (9/10)
Writer/director Josh Boone hits a home run in his first at-bat with this
touching, poignant, semi auto biographical tale about a dysfunctional
family of writers. Greg Kinnear is a successful writer who is grooming
his two children, Lily Collins and Nat Wolff, to be writers themselves.
He is also mourning his divorce from his wife, Oscar-winner Jennifer
a brilliant story of relationships. Everybody has a problem with
somebody. It is also a frank look at todayís morality. Kinnear is a
non-judgmental father who actually encourages his son to get out there
and have more experiences (read have sex).
is a Liz Taylor look-alike who is incredibly callous for her 19 years
who has a big bone of contention with her mother, Connelly. Nat, on the
other hand, seems more sheltered. Both have fractious relationships with
their significant others, Logan Lehman for Collins and Liana Liberato
for Nat. For his part, Kinnear is involved in a sex-without-commitment
relationship with Kristen Bell who is married to someone else. So
basically the film winks at traditional sexual morality.
script couldnít be better written and for a film that is basically all
talk Boone keeps the pace driving throughout the entire 96 minutes.
Adding to the quality of the film is fantastic music. While Wolff wrote
one of the songs, the one that really drives the film is the 2009 Ed
Sharp song Home which Boone says was brought in as a temp track
for the opening credits but, ďÖwe fell in love with it and couldn't live
without it. It's now the title track of the film.Ē I had heard it a few
times but now feel the same way about it that Boone does. It is a
acting is spectacular throughout. Kinnear always gives a good
performance. I donít know whether itís intentional or not, but you donít
see him in potboiler action or fantasy films. He has spent his time
acting in high quality Indies, and thatís admirable. Last year his
Thin Ice was one of the best films I saw. Collins steals every scene
in which she appears. The others are of equally high quality.
film has it all, some humor, some tears, and a lot of truth. As far as
Iím concerned, this will stand as one of the best films of the year,
regardless of what else comes out over the next eight months.