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TWO LOVERS is a very compelling and engaging drama. The message of the movie is mixed, however. Leonard at first chooses to chase a Romantic fantasy, but later chooses family over fantasy. However, viewers are never quite sure where his heart truly lies. There are very strong scenes of intense sexual encounters between Leonard and the two women as he vacillates between them. Lots of foul language, along with a mixed Romantic worldview, requires much strong caution and discernment for media-wise moviegoers regarding TWO LOVERS.
(RoRo, H, B, LLL, V, SSS, NN, A, DD, MM) Strong Romantic worldview, slightly mixed, with humanist elements, though the final outcome underscores choices of choosing a loving family; 33 obscenities and 10 profanities; man tries to kill himself by jumping in ocean; two very strong scenes of intense, depicted sexual relations, sensual kissing; woman appears in underwear, upper male and female nudity; drinking of wine; use of illegal drugs; and, attempted suicide, lying, adultery.
TWO LOVERS is the story of an emotionally troubled young man who moves back in with his parents after his fiancée calls off the marriage and he attempts suicide.
Heartbroken and not sure of his future, Leonard meets two women who come to represent the two choices before him. Sandra, a caring, family friend, represents a future of stability, closeness of family and a career in the family business. Mysterious new neighbor Michelle represents instability and chaos, but extreme passion and a romantic ideal. Leonard slowly gets involved with each woman, leading to a point where he makes a decision, but it doesn’t turn out as he plans.
TWO LOVERS is a very compelling and engaging drama. Joaquin Phoenix as Leonard gives an amazing performance as a distressed young man who is at times fun loving and silly as well as very melancholic and depressed. He creates deep empathy for the character. The filmmakers have told a familiar story with unique twists and turns and an ending that is not quite expected.
The Brooklyn Jewish parents of Leonard are well drawn, struggling to help their son, though they don’t quite know how.
The message of the movie is mixed. Leonard at first chooses to chase a Romantic fantasy, but later chooses family over fantasy. However, viewers are never quite sure where his heart truly lies. Michelle is having an affair with a married man, and his choice to leave his wife is portrayed in a positive light.
There are scenes of intense sexual encounters between Leonard and these women as he vacillates between the two. Foul language, along with this mixed worldview message, requires lots of caution and discernment for moviegoers who may want to see TWO LOVERS.
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