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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 education levels of lumberjacks, women who love cats.
Positive Role Models
Susan is a compassionate, kind go-getter. Nick is a smooth operator but honest, smart, decent.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman kiss.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol socially. A man is so drunk he can't walk on his own.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love, Guaranteed is a 2020 romantic comedy about a man who, having gone on 1,000 unsuccessful dates, 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 that he can't walk on his own. The film includes a stereotype about the education level of lumberjacks. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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 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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