A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sometimes, people find each other at the exact moment they need each other. Also, kindness, honesty, and patience rule when it comes to relationships.
Positive Role Models
Philip is a misanthrope, but he has a big heart. Ida is a kind-hearted individual who realizes she's unhappy but tries to deal with it with kindness.
Violence & Scariness
A young man takes a swing at his father in anger over his mother's mistreatment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A brief scene shows a wife finding her husband in the middle of a sex act with another woman. The mistress is nude from the waist down, and her behind is visible. In another scene, a woman is shown swimming naked in the sea. Couples (men and women; two men) are shown kissing.
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Some use of "s--t" and "damn," mostly in Danish. (The movie is in both English and Danish.)
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking (mostly wine) by adults at parties and gatherings. Some guests become very inebriated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love Is All You Need is a dramedy about love and marriage that mixes sadder moments with light ones. For a romcom of sorts, it takes on some heavy themes -- including mortality, death, infidelity, and sexual identity -- that are a better fit for older teens and adults. Some scenes feature partial nudity (a woman walks in on her husband in a sexually compromising position with his female colleague, and the colleague is naked from the waist down, with her rear end visible), opposite-sex and same-sex characters kiss, there's some drinking (including to drunkenness), and characters swear ("s--t," "damn," etc.) in both Danish and English. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While cliched, this movie's also rather enchanting. Wedding movies have been done so many times that it's hard to see one without having a pretty good idea of what might be coming. LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED bears a strong resemblance to its predecessors: Expect a motley crew of attendees and celebrants, all of whom come bearing their personal baggage -- which will surely get unpacked at the lovely event. Also, a relationship will fall apart in juxtaposition to the love that the bride and groom share, and people will get drunk and say and do horrible things, including throw up on someone else. Also, is there no other song on the planet relevant to love and Italy besides "That's Amore"? You get the picture.
But director Susanne Bier saves Love Is All You Need from the brink by grounding it in wonderful performances (Dyrholm, most of all, but Brosnan and Bodnia and Jessen, too, and Paprika Steen, who plays a tin-eared sister-in-law). The story also has heft because it gracefully explores the struggles of a woman recovering from cancer -- how painful and freeing it can be, and how taxing on personal relationships. It's truly lovely, and at times really quite touching. If only it were able to shrug off the wedding cliches for good.
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