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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love matters above all and can see us through many difficulties. Communication is key to a great relationship, and commitment is essential to a long-standing one.
Positive Role Models
George and Ben are a loving couple who work as partners to solve their problems, both financial and logistical. Their friends are well-meaning and caring, even if they're not always sensitive to their housing problems and quality-of-life concerns.
Violence & Scariness
A teenager yells at his parents out of frustration.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses and hugs tenderly. Some discussion of past infidelities.
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Everything from "bloody" to "s--t" to "motherf--ker," but use isn't constant.
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Products & Purchases
Fairly frequent brand sightings and label-dropping, including Apple, Netflix, iTunes, YouTube, and Game of Thrones.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking by adults at parties and restaurants. One character smokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love Is Strange is a touching, beautiful -- if sometimes melancholy -- drama about an older gay couple facing new challenges after they get married and one of them subsequently loses his job. Their relationship is inspiring and their friends and relatives are supportive, but younger teens may not be able to wrap their heads around the couple's real-estate woes and how their displacement in turn displaces everyone else and destabilizes them individually. Expect some discrimination toward the central characters, some social drinking, a little smoking, and strong language, including "s--t" and "f--k." Ben and George are affectionate with each other, kissing and embracing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
LOVE IS STRANGE is a poignant, heartfelt, beautifully told story that allows its moments to unwind with quiet certitude. Rather than rely on bombast and operatic tragedy, its melancholy builds as it does in real life: little by little, adding up to a forceful punch in the gut. Many filmmakers don't easily capture the cumulative connectedness and commitment of long-term relationships, but director Ira Sachs does so here, eloquently.
Many of the kudos belong to Lithgow and Molina, who fluently express the steady yet complicated rhythms of a decades-old coupledom. When the two are forced to live apart, bunking with well-meaning friends and family who don't have the space to host them both, their separation feels so wretched -- your heart breaks for them. But you feel for those who help as well, especially Marisa Tomei in a perfectly calibrated turn as the writer wife of Ben's nephew, who cares for Ben but finds her routines upended to distraction.
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