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A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sexist '90s comedy has sex, language, violence.

Movie R 1996 108 minutes
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Most of A Thin Line Between Love and Hate feels like a stereotypical male fantasy about what women are willing to fall for in men's singular quest to have sex and move on. Lawrence's unfunny comedy script, written with others, dwells on all the ways men play women, proudly as part of a strategy to have sex with as many women as possible, by whatever devious means available. It doesn't help that Lawrence shamelessly mugs his way through a tedious and repetitive performance, actually licking his lips as he woos new conquests. Although Darnell claims to see the error of his ways at the film's end, Lawrence didn't choose to show us a single second of the "new" Darnell and how he would act differently from the old one.

For that reason, this movie is basically a misogynist's manual on how to be a smarmy, two-timing jerk. The fact that a woman who claims she was physically abused by her husband turns out to be a psycho also deliberately undermines a real problem many completely innocent abused women suffer in domestic situations. It doesn't feel like a politically correct knee jerk response to observe abused women have enough problems without a flippant comedian like Lawrence dismissing the true danger such women face.

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