A Lot Like Love

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Bungling and predictable romantic comedy.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 107 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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


Strong and crude language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Smoking and drinking.

What parents need to know

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

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChristianmom9803 April 9, 2008

too much sex

not for kids under 17, all the movie is about is the 2 main characters having sex off and on, it makes me mad that they wont choose each other but they continue... Continue reading
Adult Written byjf71 April 9, 2008

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 inte... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycrazyhorse13 July 4, 2012

Great Movie!

First Kid to Review! Anyways,this movie is so romantic.It is about a guy and a girl who meet at the airport and from there they fall in love! There are some sex... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCoop° December 15, 2010

just sex, but great love story

I watched this movie when I was 10 and ok, it has sex in it, but you don't SEE it; i mean kids of 10 years old already learn at school what sex is, so wtev... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good romantic comedy. What are some of the trappings of the genre? How does this one compare to other romantic comedies?

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