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Love Spreads

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Comedy with strong female leads has lots of swearing.

Movie NR 2022 93 minutes
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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.

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