Parents' Guide to

Love Hard

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Some mature themes and language in feel-good romcom.

Movie NR 2021 104 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Not for kids.

I don't understand how others are okay with letting their kids view this film, but I do not think it is good for kids. I am an adult and I stopped watching it because of how uncomfortable it made me. Common sense values are not found in this film. It is very suggestive, references sex and drugs, shows drugs, and is insulting and offensive to religions. I shut the movie off just as the lead actor was about to throw the baby Jesus nativity prop. Others may not care about this, and they will think it is fine, but it matters to me and hopefully my review helps someone, who also wouldn't be okay with what was shown, to avoid this movie.
age 16+

Good

It’s a funny movie, pretty predictable and like your corny Christmas movies :) I would say 16 and up

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

What starts out feeling like a rehash of a dozen romcoms you've seen before turns out to be a film that slowly, albeit unevenly, constructs its own charm. Love Hard is a feel-good, Christmas-set romantic comedy with a couple of twists, including Asian American main characters and a plot involving catfishing via dating apps. The main character, Natalie, writes a "disaster date" column. She suggests half of people like reading about disaster dates and the other half prefer storybook romances. This film tries to combine the two. Do you know how it's going to end before it starts? Pretty much. But like any good date, getting there should be the fun part.

There are some funny scenes as well as some laughable one-liners, like an L.A. "6" equaling a small-town, East-Coast "10," a grandma confusing "G word" for "geisha" rather than "girlfriend," or a crack about someone throwing around cool terms sounding like she has "Millennial Tourette's." The fact that they're not politically correct is what gives these jokes their playful punch. Another, more woke riff involves a reworking of "Baby, It's Cold Outside," which one character calls the "sexual assault theme song," to make it less "rape-y." It's neither the romance nor the comedy that carries this film, though (and the fact that it's set during Christmas feels more like a marketing decision than a plot necessity). The sweetness of the characters and the background of Josh's quirky but loving family ultimately make Love Hard a likable watch.

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