"What Kind of Love?"
What You Need To Know:
The lead characters in LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED are appealing and compelling. The movie makes viewers want them to get together. However, it has mostly an emotional view of love, in addition to some ideas about the importance of commitment and fidelity. This non-rational, unbiblical and ultimately Romantic view of love leads to some obscene content. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED.
(RoRo, HoHo, LLL, V, SS, NN, AA, D, MM) Strong Romantic worldview, with a depicted homosexual kiss in one scene; 25 obscenities (including some “f” words), one strong profanity, six light profanities; light violence includes brief fighting and car accidentally backs into another car, resulting in a sudden unexpected jolt; one young man suddenly kisses another young man who’s scheduled to get married, but movie doesn’t resolve the question of the married man’s possible orientation, woman discovers her husband cheating on her in their living room, and some other sexual references; upper and rear female nudity in one scene, rear female nudity in another scene, and some upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, infidelity breaks up a marriage, angry words are said, jealousy, one father figure isn’t a very good man, and another one is a good father, but he’s very irritable with other people.
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is a romantic comedy from Denmark, but Pierce Brosnan plays one of the romantic leads, so a lot of the dialogue is also in English. The movie is entertaining, but the worldview is rather Romantic, so it has some edgy, obscene content.
The story opens with a middle-aged hairdresser, Ida, taking her final test after having been treated for breast cancer. She will know in a few days the results of her test, to see if she’s cancer free, but not until after her daughter, Astrid’s, upcoming wedding in Italy.
Just before Ida and her husband, Leif, are about to leave for Italy, Ida interrupts Leif fornicating with a young co-worker. She goes to Italy alone, but decides not to tell her daughter about her father’s infidelity. That’s impossible to do, however, when Leif suddenly shows up in Italy with his girlfriend in tow.
Meanwhile, Ida finds herself falling in love with her daughter’s future father-in-law, a hardnosed English businessman still devastated by his Danish wife’s sudden death years ago.
The lead characters in LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED, played by Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm, are appealing and compelling. The movie makes viewers want them to get together. That said, some of the other actors don’t really fit their roles, such as the man playing Leif, who doesn’t look like he would attract such a pretty or young co-worker.
Also, LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED has an emotional view of love, though it does bring up some issues regarding the importance of commitment and fidelity, in both sickness AND in health. This non-rational, unbiblical and ultimately Romantic view of love leads to some obscene content in LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED. Thus, there’s plenty of strong foul language, brief nudity and a couple homosexual references. The other problem with LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is that the one marriage in the movie, between Ida and Leif, is irreparable.
In the Bible, of course, a husband is ordered to “love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband” (Ephesians 5:33); and, “love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:6)