By Stefan Pape,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Comedy with strong female leads has lots of swearing.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Working together as a team can increase the likelihood of success. Perseverance is an important trait when it comes to creativity. Characters do go behind each other's backs, and double-cross one another, but they get their comeuppance.
Positive Role Models
The film is about a band made up of women, led by lead singer Kelly, who is suffering from writer's block. They're all talented and strong-willed. But there are also tensions among them and they must learn the importance of teamwork. These tensions spread to their manager, Mark, who is mostly supportive despite being under pressure from both the band and its record label.
The majority of the cast is made up of women, including an all-female band, which the narrative centers on. There is an actress of Mexican descent amongst them, but the rest of the cast is White. There is a "joke" about the band being good despite it being made up of only "girls," but they ultimately have the last laugh.
Inclusion information: Bisexual actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors, Latinx actors
Inclusion information powered by
Did we miss something on diversity? Suggest an update.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character talks about masturbating. Two characters share a kiss.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Consistent swearing, mostly of the words "f--k" and "s--t." A character also refers to another as a "bellend" and one gives the middle finger to someone.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking alcohol at the pub. They enjoy shots together after a long day in the studio. A character is later seen smoking a cigarette.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love Spreads is a mostly improvised comedy-drama that is centered around a female rock band, and features a fair amount of bad language. With lead singer Kelly (Alia Shawkat) suffering from writer's block, tensions mount within the band. This leads to fallings out, but ultimately an important lesson about how teamwork can produce better results. Each of the band members are strong-willed with their own personalities, which should be commended. They do show flaws, however, double-crossing each other and with their manager, Mark (Nick Helm), often being at the receiving end of their frustrations. Characters swear, frequently, mostly saying "f--k" and "s--t." They can also be seen drinking alcohol on occasion, and in one sequence a character smokes. There is also a brief comment about masturbating.
To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Where to Watch
Videos and Photos
There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.
What's the Story?
LOVE SPREADS focuses on all-female rock band Glass Heart, who are back in the studio to record that tricky second album. The problem is, the lead singer Kelly (Alia Shawkat) is suffering from writer's block, and from this comes tensions that ripple through the band. The situation is not helped by the impatience of their manager Mark (Nick Helm), who has the record label breathing down his neck.
Is It Any Good?
With its understated, mostly improvised dialogue, this comedy-drama has a naturalistic and authentic feel that only adds to the experience. Of course Love Spreads is helped by the fact that it boasts a talented cast. That's nearly always a given where Shawkat and Eiza Gonzalez are concerned. But they are ably supported by Chanel Cresswell, Tara Lee, and Helm as the band's put-upon manager.
Filmed in an almost voyeuristic way, as though a documentary, it's a wonderful exploration into the heart of the creative process, or in this case, the frustrating lack of. Another important aspect is just how good the songs in the film are, which are penned by the director, Jamie Adams and his brother, or the cast-members themselves -- with a notable track by Lee. In films about music they can often fall short if the songs featured aren't believable. But on this occasion, they're not just realistic, but genuinely impressive and very catchy.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about strong language used in Love Spreads. Did it seem necessary or excessive? What did it contribute to the movie?
How did the band learn the importance of teamwork? Why is this such an important character strength to have? Can you think of a time when you've shown good teamwork?
The film was shot in an improvisational format. What did you think of this approach? Could you tell there was no scripted dialogue? Did this benefit or hinder the film?
- On DVD or streaming: June 18, 2022
- Cast: Alia Shawkat, Eiza Gonzalez, Chanel Cresswell
- Director: Jamie Adams
- Inclusion Information: Bisexual actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors, Latinx actors
- Studio: Gravitas Ventures
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Character Strengths: Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 93 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: June 2, 2023
Inclusion information powered by
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Watch
Our Editors Recommend
Movies About Musicians
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate