Love, Rosie

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Predictable romance has teen sex, drinking.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 16 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Ending up with the wrong person can make you miserable, but love is out there if you're able to recognize it when it appears.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Alex and Rosie spend years dancing around the fact that they care for each other, but eventually they're honest about their feelings.


A few arguments; one scene shows a woman punching her husband when she finds him with another woman.


Some discussions about sex, especially how and when high school students lose their virginity. A brief sex scene shows a woman in her bra. Much of the film deals with the unplanned pregnancy that results (the condom came off) and how raising a child disrupts your life. A couple is caught in bed together (nothing graphic shown).


A fair amount of swearing, especially "f--k" and "s--t," as well as British slang like "wanker" and "bollocks."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several scenes include people drinking -- at bars and nightclubs, at meals, and while hanging out with friends. In an early scene, a teen girl drinks to the point of passing out. Some characters smoke cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love, Rosie is all about long-distance, long-term, unrequited love. Several scenes feature teens talking about losing their virginity/having sex, and there's one quick scene in which two of them actually do the deed (a girl is shown in her bra, and an unintended pregnancy results). There's also a fair bit of drinking (including a teen drinking until she passes out) and some smoking, as well as plenty of swearing, notably "f--k" and "s--t." But this tale of recognizing love -- and acting on that realization -- will resonate with older teens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAshlew987 September 8, 2019
Adult Written bymschwambach July 28, 2019
It's a great movie. It involves teen sex and drinking. I would say it's appropriate for teens who are 15 and up to watch by themselves.
Teen, 17 years old Written bykellybeth53 February 20, 2015

Loved Love, Rosie

While it may not be a family movie, I definitely think that teens who are mature enough would enjoy this film. You don't have to be a certain age, but you... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byavrieb.41 May 24, 2019

It was a good movie

The only bad thing about this movie would be the small bit on intercourse the audience sees between Rosie and Greg. After that, it is really just kissing. They... Continue reading

What's the story?

Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends since childhood. As high school ends, she's starting to recognize that there may be feelings besides friendship between them. But she doesn't get the chance to find out for sure, because he heads to Boston to study at Harvard, while she stays put in England, where an unplanned pregnancy puts the kibosh on her own college plans. As the years pass and other romantic partners move in and out of both their lives, Rosie must decide whether Alex is her soulmate -- and, if so, what should she do about it.

Is it any good?

Collins and Claflin are appealing enough, but their characters' chase for happiness doesn't compel. So much of what keeps them from their destiny seems manufactured and, after a fashion, uninteresting. When the stakes are clearly set from the get-go and the barriers obvious, there's not much momentum to get you to the expected conclusion.

Most romantic movies explore whether characters are meant to be and how they'll find out. In LOVE, ROSIE (based on the novel by Cecelia Ahern), it's clear from the start that Rosie is supposed to be with Alex, and vice versa. That means, then, that viewers spend the entire movie watching them apart, making one wayward decision after another. In abler hands, the pursuit could have been fascinating, but here it's infuriating and frustrating.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Alex and Rosie's relationship. Why do they get involved with other people when they have such strong feelings for each other? Does their relationship feel real to you?

  • How does the film portray teen sex and drinking? Are the consequences realistic? How do the characters deal with them?

  • How does this film compare to other romance movies? What do they tend to have in common? Why do you think that is?

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