A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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 this film compare to other romance movies? What do they tend to have in common? Why do you think that is?
- In theaters: February 6, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: May 5, 2015
- Cast: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin
- Director: Christian Ditter
- Studio: Paramount Home Media Distribution
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Book Characters
- Run time: 102 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: language and some sexual content
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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