"A Feel Empty Movie"
What You Need To Know:
STUCK IN LOVE is relatively captivating; especially considering how many characters it follows so closely. It has some positive lessons about forgiveness, but much of the movie focuses on a false view of love. The love portrayed borrows from Romanticism and is focused on the happiness of self. The little positive tidbits that can be drawn from this movie are overshadowed by how much the characters love sin. It’s a “Feel Good Movie” that ultimately feels empty. Besides the sexual content, STUCK IN LOVE contains lots of foul language and heavy drug use. Media-wise moviegoers will refuse to be STUCK IN LOVE.
(RoRoRo, C, BB, Ev, Ab, LLL, V, SS, N, AA, DDD, MM) Very strong Romantic worldview overall with false views of love that are more selfish than selfless, but with strong message of forgiveness, plus a reference to evolution and someone says, “There is no God”; at least 45 obscenities (including 28 F words) and 10 profanities; brief violence when someone is punched; lots of implied sex before and after the act, including a teenager losing his virginity, one depicted adulterous sex scene with no nudity, and lots of kissing; no explicit nudity, but upper male nudity, girls undress to undergarments on a few occasions, and a woman wears a skimpy exercise outfit; strong underage alcohol use and drunkenness; heavy drug use with little reprimanding, plus young girl uses cocaine; and, the dysfunctional family portrayed is seen in a normal and comedic light and offers little to no help for redemption and teenagers are encouraged to go out and live carnally just to get experiences.
STUCK IN LOVE revolves around the romantic lives of a very dysfunctional family.
William Borgens is a successful novelist trying to figure out his life after his wife divorced him for a younger man three years earlier. His two children, Samantha and Rusty, both followed in their dad’s footsteps as writers.
In her early 20s, Samantha is getting her first book published and is looking to have a promising career as a writer. She has a cynical outlook on love and marriage due to her mother cheating on her father. Samantha chooses to only have one-night stands to avoid getting hurt because of love.
Rusty, still in high school, is trying to find his stride as a writer. He likes a girl at school named Kate, but she doesn’t seem to notice him. William encourages Rusty to get out and experience life a little more. So Rusty decides to win over Kate at a big party. At the party, Kate get’s into a fight with her boyfriend, who starts to push her around. Rusty intervenes and gets Kate out of the situation. A romance develops between Rusty and Kate.
Everyone’s view of love is questioned in the movie. William struggles to decide whether he should wait for his wife to come back or if he should move on with his life. Samantha becomes less cynical when she’s pursued by a heartfelt romantic. And, Rusty gets more than he bargained for with his new girlfriend, who has drug and alcohol problems.
Eventually, things come to a head when Kate spins out of control at a party and goes missing. The whole family will have to get over their grudges to work together to find her.
STUCK IN LOVE is relatively captivating; especially considering how many characters it follows so closely. The struggles each character goes through are easy to relate too, even though they’re somewhat exaggerated. The movie also provides some positive values concerning forgiveness and second chances.
The problem with STUCK IN LOVE is it treats sex so flippantly. Even though Samantha’s promiscuity is shown negatively, nearly every character has sex multiple times. William is committed to wait for the return of his wife, but that doesn’t stop him from committing adultery with a younger married neighbor of his. In fact, the affair is portrayed as harmless and funny. Also, the movie celebrates timid Rusty’s efforts to lose his virginity. It never occurs to anyone that the parents’ disrespect for sex is what made their family dysfunctional in the first place.
Ultimately, STUCK IN LOVE doesn’t show a Biblical love that’s selfless and generous. The love portrayed borrows from Romanticism and is focused on the happiness of self. The little positive tidbits that can be drawn are strongly mitigated by how much the characters love sin. It’s a “Feel Good Movie” that ultimately feels empty. Besides the sexual content, STUCK IN LOVE contains lots of foul language and heavy drug use. Media-wise moviegoers will refuse to be STUCK IN LOVE.