Love, Guaranteed

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Cute romcom breaks no ground but entertains; drinking.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 90 minutes

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Positive Messages

There are no guarantees in love. Love is unpredictable, coming when you least expect it. You have to risk getting hurt in order to find love. Some stereotypes about the education levels of lumberjacks, women who love cats.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Susan is a compassionate, kind, go-getter. Nick is a smooth operator but honest, smart, and decent.

 

Violence
Sex

A man and woman kiss.

 

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol socially. A man is so drunk he can't walk on his own.

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love, Guaranteed is a 2020 romantic comedy about a man, having gone on 1,000 unsuccessful dates, who is suing a dating app that guarantees love.  Although the premise is hokey and stretches believability, actors Rachael Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr. minimize the movie's inherent flaws with engaging performances. Adults drink alcohol socially. A man is so drunk he can't walk on his own. A stereotype about the education levels of lumberjacks.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byI_have_a_name September 15, 2020

Family Friendly Rom-Com

This movie was entertaining, not one of the best, but good. I don't get why common sense said it was for 13+. There was one kiss at the end, not even a fu... Continue reading

What's the story?

LOVE, GUARANTEED is the name of a dating app promising that anyone who goes on 1,000 dates will find love. When Nick Evans (Damon Wayans Jr.) is nearing his thousandth date with nothing to show for it, he hires Susan Whitaker (Rachael Leigh Cook), a big-hearted, go-getter attorney who takes on lost causes and clients who can't pay. She thinks he's a shameless "loophole shark" looking to make a buck, but he pays a hefty retainer and the rent is due, so Susan takes the case. As part of research for the trial, she meets with his unsuccessful dates -- the woman who talks about cats, the one who brought her parents to dinner. She wonders if Nick is genuine, or if he cynically dismissed the possibility of love before the dates. But each woman confirms he was engaged during dates, acted like a gentleman, and paid for everything.  The app's lawyers offer $100,000  to make the suit go away, but Nick, a physical therapist who donates his service to those who can't pay, wants to use his settlement to fund therapy for needy children, so Susan, finding Nick more sympathetic, heads to trial. Will Nick win more than a lawsuit?

Is it any good?

This movie is likable and inoffensive enough, with parts that seem plucked directly out of  a screenwriter's How to Write a Rom-Com manual. Cute is the target adjective. Susan's a quirky, workaholic attorney, with a soft spot for lost causes and clients who can't pay. Too busy to cook, her fridge is 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 the elderly and disabled kids, 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 dismisses 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why falling in love requires taking a risk. How would you feel if you fell in love with someone who didn't love you back? Is it better to take a chance on love than to never know if it could work?

  • How does Love, Guaranteed use stereotypes to surprise us? Is Nick presented as someone slick and selfish so the movie can later prove we misjudged him? Does that work as a plot device?

  • Do you think the fact that the plot seems unlikely tells us how seriously to take the movie?

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