A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love is a powerful force that can lead to both good and bad. It is important to stay open-minded to new experiences rather than judging them based on other past events. Remaining true to yourself is important, but collaboration and compromise can also bring great rewards.
Positive Role Models
The two main characters, Henry and Maria, are shown to be kind and responsible, both in their professional lives and toward family. Maria in particular is a strong female role model, who is portrayed as hardworking, caring, and also very capable at tasks often associated with men. Her ex, on the flip side, is seen to be selfish, manipulative, and unwilling to take responsibility, which reinforces some absent father stereotypes.
Characters are a mix of White English, White American, and Mexican. The Mexican characters are played mostly by Mexican actors although lead character, Maria, is played by a Spanish actor. The main characters fall into some stereotypes -- the stuffy British man and the fiery Latina woman -- but also have complexities within those. Maria is a strong female character who speaks her mind, solves problems, and carries out stereotypically male-oriented tasks, such as changing tires, with ease. Henry's U.S. publisher Jen is also shown to be a strong, confident, if slightly selfish woman. Maria's ex falls into a negative absent father stereotype as well as that of a fiery Latino man to tie in with the dramatic telenovela structure. A gay man is portrayed as flamboyant, which ingrains a very specific and overused stereotype of homosexual men.
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Violence & Scariness
Death of parents is mentioned and there is reference to a dead dog. A character threatens to kill another and a chase scene ensues, though this is very much played for comedy with no real sense of threat. A book is thrown at a character's head, knocking them to the floor, but they are unharmed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss and hug, and are seen in their underwear. There is the implication of sex, with characters shown naked under a blanket the following morning. Passing reference is made to pornography. Excerpts from a book are read aloud that include sexual scenes, and partial nudity is shown on book covers.
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Occasional language that ranges from "f--k," "ass," and "butt" to "bloody," "hell," and "cow." "God" is used as a casual exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Mention is made of book sales and hitting bestseller lists. Characters are encouraged to write a second novel to make more money.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer, wine, and spirits in bars, but are not seen to be intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Book of Love is a British-Mexican romantic comedy with some mild sexual references and suggestive behavior, and occasional strong language. The movie involves a classic odd couple storyline. Henry Copper (Sam Claflin) is a British author on a book tour of Mexico, who discovers his book has been rewritten by his translator, Maria (Veronica Echegui). The romantic scenes include kissing, hugging, and the implication of sex, as well as partial nudity on book covers and the reading aloud of sexy passages. There is some use of "f--k" and "ass," but this is only on occasion. The movie includes fleeting reference to the death of parents as well as a dead dog. Characters are seen drinking alcohol in bars but never to excess. There are some stereotypes. Henry is very much in the mould of a stoic Englishman who refuses to show emotion. While Maria is depicted as having a fiery temper, although she can also be seen as a strong female role model. Though predictable in places and sticking closely to a generic romcom structure, the movie is charming and has frequent moments of humor that will likely appeal to teens and adults alike. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Lighthearted, charming, and genuinely funny, this romcom may not have written the book on originality. But Book of Love's fun take on the odd couple thrown together to keep up appearances is surprisingly enjoyable. Claflin is likable as the stiff-upper-lipped yet cluelessly bumbling Englishman -- think Hugh Grant with designer facial hair. But it is Echegui's passionate, frustrated Maria that really adds the spark here. She brings the heart, the energy, and the sarcastic reality check that keeps the film from becoming too schmaltzy, despite corny interludes like: "She rewrote it, then she rewrote me."
Tying the plot in with the idea of a telenovela works well, and is admirably underplayed until the end, where the film allows itself a little fun with the concept. Elsewhere the plot borders on cliche and no scene will come as any great surprise for those who have watched a few romantic comedies in their time. But the sense of fun and the feminist exasperation that Echequi brings -- both as the woman writing a book for which she isn't given credit, and as the person exhausted by juggling the needs of the men around her -- gives Book of Love enough charisma and edge to warm the most sensible of hearts.
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