Stuck in Love is a heart-warming and satisfying romantic drama film about love relationships in a rather dysfunctional family of writers, each with different perspectives on love. The film jumps back and forth among three key storylines, explores the complexities of love - first love and heartbreak, loss, separation and eventual reconciliation, family relationships...that each character experiences without being overly melodramatic.
Sam's skepticism of love and her unwillingness to engage in a meaningful relationship due to her parent's broken relationship or Rusty's first love and eventual heartbreak makes this film worth a watch.The film shows that no matter how much you love a person, you can't fix that person, the only one that could do that is yourself (Rusty eventual breakdown after realizing how broken Kate is, and that he couldn't help her in any way). It's also about having faith and develop trust in others, accepting and face life's challenges and enjoy the love that we experience along the way (Sam's eventual opening of her heart and returning love with Lou after countless meaningless flings).
The story is a bit all over the place at times, but the good characterization and lovable casts make it enjoyable to watch. The actors, especially the young ones, managed to provide decent convincing performances, bringing depth to their own specific roles.However, it does feel a bit too superficial as all the actors chosen to be in the film are deemed too attractive to be writers.
Overall, it's a feel-good romantic drama that's worth your time. Recommended.
Good Quotes from Stuck In Love:
"For love, there are two kinds of people in this world: hopeless romantics and realists. A realist just sees that face and packs it in with every other pretty girl they've ever seen before. On the other hand, the hopeless romantic becomes convinced that God put them on Earth to be with that one person."
"I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark." - What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver