A Lot Like Love

  • Review Date: August 22, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005

Common Sense Media says

Bungling and predictable romantic comedy.
  • Review Date: August 22, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence
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Sex

Characters have sex on an airplane, then have sex-buddy relationship.

Language

Strong and crude language.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Smoking and drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes some strong and crude language. Characters drink, smoke, and have sex.

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What's the story?

For years, Emily (Amanda Peet) and Oliver (Ashton Kutcher) repeatedly reconnect and reevaluate their sex-buddy friendship. Though Oliver really likes Emily, he accepts what seem to be her terms, that they remain friends. His life plan is to become rich (he sells diapers on the internet during the dot-com boom). Though Emily appears "independent" and unhappy (marked by her edgy outfits, drinking, and cigarette smoking), her life plan is to find Mr. Right.

Is it any good?

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Bungling and predictable, A LOT LIKE LOVE actually starts out looking like it will challenge romantic comedy formula, only to hammer it home insistently. Structured according to Emily and Oliver's interactions, the film shows very little of their separate lives, except to note their other relationships (with stereotypical "best friends," quirky family members, and other lovers who "just don't understand" them). The primary disappointment is not that the movie is yet another uninspired vehicle for the gloriously fearless Peet, though it is that. Instead, it is the film's lack of nerve, as it abandons its premise (the non-romance at the center of a romantic comedy) for a generic final act that places Emily firmly inside the girl-in-need-of-rescue plot.

While Oliver's trajectory is vaguely noble (already humble, he learns to be gracious too), Emily's maturation involves becoming the artist she didn't know she wanted to be (he gives her a camera and she becomes a photographer, specifically manipulating shutter speed, as if to indicate her desire for control) and the good-girl partner she didn't know she needed to be. Not only must Peet survive her costar's irrepressible Ashton-ness, but also a plot that calls for her to walk into a glass door as comic climax. This makes literal the film's own lack of vision.

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 22, 2005
DVD release date:August 23, 2005
Cast:Amanda Peet, Taryn Manning
Director:Nigel Cole
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:107 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content, nudity and language.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bypepsicola147 April 9, 2008
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No plot whatsoever...

I don't know why anyone would want to see this, it's gross and it has no plot. It's the same get-together break-up deal... over and over. Not a fun watch.

Adult Written bygotshakespeare April 9, 2008
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Great Movie

My sister and I picked this up from a Blockbuster and watched it.. I was pleasantly surprised.. I really enjoyed it.

Good movie.. I liked the actors and how it was filmed.. good music too.. As for the content.. it was kind of iffy.

I was doubtful about watching it because the premise of the whole movie is two people having sex and meeting each other through the years. But it was explicit. The sexual scenes are more implied than actually visibly seen (except on one instance). A little bit of nudity.. I wouldn't suggest this movie for anyone under 16.

Overall a very likable and different romantic comedy.

Adult Written byjf71 April 9, 2008
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Entertaining, But Nothing Special

This would have made an entertaining made-for-tv Lifetime network movie -- whether it's worth a $6 matinee ticket is questionable. The plot has a few interesting twists, but basically follows the tried-and-true formula: boy meets girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl again, boy-loses-girl-again, etc. etc. etc. only to finally end up with boy getting girl and living happily ever after.
The trouble is these characters aren't particularly likeable and so the viewer doesn't ending up caring that much whether they end up together or not.

A little bad language, lots of alcohol and tobacco use, and total nudity (although the bodies were positioned so no 'private parts' were shown). The nudity was in the context of posing for photographs and was not explicitly sexual.

On the whole, not a "bad" movie, but not particularly good either.

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