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Accidental Love

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark comedy about brain injury falls flat; some sexy stuff.

Movie PG-13 2015 100 minutes
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age 13+

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ACCIDENTAL LOVE is stylized and over the top, with an eye toward mining laughs from the sheer absurdity of its central situation. Done right, films like these can be hilarious, but when they're not, they come across as tin-eared and woefully fatiguing. Unfortunately, Accidental Love falls into the latter category. The movie was directed by David O. Russell but credited to "Stephen Greene" after Russell decided to remove his name from the film.

Gyllenhaal is game, but the way he plays his character with so much manic energy and so little awareness is perplexing. Biel is supposed to go from one extreme to another, courtesy of the nail that affects different parts of her brain, but she plays it all on the same continuum: sweet, wholesome, uninteresting. The story has promise, but the execution falls flatter than the proverbial pancake. Bottom line? The world is still waiting for the great comedy about nail injuries, health insurance and politics.

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