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Love Is All You Need

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Older teens, adults can say "I do" to wedding dramedy.

Movie R 2013 110 minutes
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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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