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Love, Guaranteed

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Cute romcom breaks no ground but entertains; drinking.

Movie NR 2020 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Cute romcom

Both actor and actress are likeable. Good positive roles. No foul language, no sex, no nudity. My 14 year old enjoyed it. Almost Hallmark quality, but better!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This movie is likable and inoffensive enough, with parts that seem plucked directly out of a screenwriter's How to Write a Romcom manual. "Cute" is the target adjective. Susan is a quirky, workaholic attorney with a soft spot for lost causes and clients who can't pay. Too busy to cook, she has a fridge filled with Chinese takeout containers. Her car has a name -- so cute -- Zorro, a model last produced in 1974, with a stuck CD that randomly plays a song recorded in 1987. Nick feels just as manufactured: a charming, intelligent, and gentlemanly catch who donates his services to older adults and kids with disabilities, and treats women well enough to get through a full date, even with women who are boring or cat-obsessed.

On paper Love, Guaranteed sounds far too sweet, but Cook, who imbues her Susan with the unironic focus of Amy Poehler's Parks and Recreation character, and Wayans, who's handsome and winning, pull it off. The charm they both emanate transcends the script's flaws and the director's conventionality. The Rom part is evident. The Com could be stronger. Cook utters one funny line that can be mentioned here because it's entirely owing to her delivery that it succeeds: "You need a sandwich and a nap." Savor it when you hear it.

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