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Love at First Kiss

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Spanish romcom has sex, language, drinking.

Movie NR 2023 96 minutes
Love at First Kiss Movie Poster: Romance in Madrid.

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This Spanish romcom about learning to live in the moment lacks the spontaneity it wants for its characters, but its winning 30-something cast makes it watchable. All four of the main actors in Love at First Kiss (including Crazy About Her costars Cervantes and Abaitua) play their characters with dignity and sincerity, even when their overly-scripted roles require awkward or improbable choices.

Director Alauda Ruiz de Azúa's prior film, parenting drama Lullaby (Cinco Lobitos), based on her own script, won rave reviews among critics. With Love, she's working from someone else's script (two male writers) and switching with fluctuating success to comedy. Gawky pacing in some scenes undercuts the intended humor, while certain played-for-laughs script points feel outdated and overly facile, like two secondary female characters who both cope with moments of personal instability by drinking too much.

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