"Good Messages Marred by Crude Behavior and Profane Language"
What You Need To Know:
LOVE HARD has a mixed worldview with Romantic, moral, pro-family elements and other content. The plot centers on one’s desire for romance, but the characters learn to like people for who they are and coming together as a family. The movie also promotes honesty and seeking forgiveness, which ultimately wins out in the story. Since the movie’s set during Christmas, it has strong Christian elements. However, LOVE HARD is marred by lots of foul language, including some strong profanities, crude references to sex, and substance abuse. Also, there’s some politically correct content and two homosexual references.
LOVE HARD is a romantic comedy on Netflix about a female writer fooled by a short Asian guy on an online dating app who promises to set her up with the handsome guy in the photo he used on his profile. Set during Christmas, LOVE HARD is funny and engaging, with good comic performances and positive pro-family messages and positive Christian references, but it’s marred by an excessive combination of foul language, crude references, brief substance abuse, and other negative content.
Natalie is a Los Angeles journalist who’s made a living out of turning her dating experiences into stories for her readers. These days, though, she’s just looking to find her perfect match.
One day, while on an online dating app, Natalie matches with a guy, Josh, who she thinks has long-term potential. So, she decides to fly to visit him in his home of Lake Placid, NY for Christmas. The only problem is, Josh isn’t who he said he was online. The real Josh is a short Asian man.
After confronting Josh away from his loving family, Natalie goes to a local bar to drown her sorrows until she sees the real-life guy whose photo Josh used to catfish her with the dating app. Natalie takes a few shots of alcohol to impress this new guy, whose name is Tag, but she has an allergic reaction to the kiwi in the mix of her drink. Josh comes to the bar and winds up taking Natalie to a local vet who helps her swelling go down.
Natalie is still furious with Josh, but the pair strike up a deal where Josh will help Natalie date Tag, but only if she continues to pretend to be his girlfriend until they can stage a breakup that will convince his family they’re separating.
Things aren’t smooth sailing for them, however. Josh’s more accomplished older brother, Owen, comes to town and exacerbates old insecurities that Josh has. Also, Natalie and Josh tell Tag that Natalie is Josh’s cousin. This means they must be very careful about not mixing up the lies they’ve told Tag with the lies they’ve told Josh’s family.
Will everything pan out the way Natalie and Josh want it?
LOVE HARD has great pacing. The action moves along at a quick, easy gallop. Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang as Natalie and Josh have great comic timing and showcase the hearts of their characters in the more dramatic scenes. The movie does a good job of increasing the stakes. So, although many seasoned moviegoers might guess the ending, it won’t deter them from enjoying the story and the movie’s sweeter, more dramatic moments.
LOVE HARD has a mixed worldview with Romantic, moral elements, and other worldview content. The plot centers on one’s desire to have a significant other. Along the way, characters learn the value of liking someone for who they are and coming together as a family. LOVE HARD stresses being honest with the people you love and apologizing for wrongdoing, which ultimately wins out in the movie. Since the movie’s set during Christmas, it has some strong, overt Christian elements and even some pro-capitalist sentiments. However, the movie’s positive messages are marred by lots of foul language, including some strong profanities, crude references to sex, and some substance abuse. Also, there’s some politically correct content, substance abuse and some homosexual references.