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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of commitment, loyalty, forgiveness, and friendship in long-term relationships. Love takes many forms and helps us keep going. Relationships have their challenges.
Positive Role Models
Characters are generally well meaning, if flawed. Two sets of married couples get creative to try to keep the romance alive (one more successfully than the other). A group of friends comes together from all over to remember a friend.
Main characters are all wealthy White women, but two of them, playing romantic leads, are ages 60 and 70. Token diversity in two minor supporting characters; one is Black (and praises a White woman for talking to her about race), and one is part of the LGBTQ+ community. The only Latino character is a domestic worker.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters gather to mourn a dead friend/loved one; there's some sadness.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirty, suggestive banter. Implication that a couple is about to engage in sexual activity. Talk of sexual relationships.
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Occasional strong language includes "ass," "s--t," and a couple uses of "f--king."
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Products & Purchases
The pink Sofia sparkling wine named for Coppola's daughter (and produced by the family's vineyards) is noticeably featured in one of the stories.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink with a meal.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love Is Love Is Love is a drama directed by Eleanor Coppola that consists of three vignettes about mature love. Two stories are about the effort involved in trying to keep a marriage going once you start counting anniversaries in decades. And the third is about deep friendships and provides meaningful examples of what it means to be a real friend. A significant portion of the film is about processing the loss of a mother; here, her adult daughter is able to hear from her mother's friends about who she "really" was. Expect some mildly frisky conversation and suggestiveness without anything sexual being really spelled out. Topics include infidelity and abortion, and strong language includes "ass," "s--t," and "f--king." Adults drink with meals. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writers are advised to write what they know, and Eleanor Coppola does seem to give viewers a glimpse of her own life by telling stories of older, wealthy White women. Joanne's husband is away for months at a time as a filmmaker, making it challenging to keep their spark alive. Diana is happy with her life of tennis, gardening, and book clubs, but now that her husband is retired, he wants to spend quality time with her (ugh?). And after the unseen Claire passes, her successful daughter, Caroline (Kazan), learns that her mom was actually super cool and regrets she hadn't seen her more frequently. The friends who praise Claire's thoughtfulness, support, and other fantastic qualities ("We had great talks about race!" says the movie's lone Black character) are a Who's Who of actresses in their 60s, including Cybill Shepherd, Rita Wilson, and Rosanna Arquette.
It's hard not to think that many of the moments, fantasies, and familiar faces in Love Is Love Is Love aren't borrowed from Coppola's own life. On the one hand, that helps give it authenticity. But on the other, Coppola's privileged life is pretty out of touch with that of almost everyone else -- which ultimately makes these stories pretty boring. Films often aim to show the most important event in a character's life -- or a moment that allows for significant personal growth. In this case, we see just a glimpse, and those glimpses leave the characters' stories unresolved. That said, while the stories are a dud, the rest of the filmmaking is good. The cinematography is rich, warm, and well lit; the editing is excellent; the production design is spot-on; and the actors deliver (Baker, in particular, brings crackle to dull dialogue). And one wonderful result of having an 85-year-old woman director in charge is that the film is eager to showcase the genuine beauty of its stars. Bottom line? Adults might get something out of these snippets of long-lasting relationships, but few are going to love it, and teens aren't likely to care.
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