Lovesick

Movie review by
Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
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Quirky romcom parody has some mature content.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 100 minutes

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

Positive Messages

The main character learns that trust and open, honest communication are essential for any relationship. It's important to believe that you're good enough for someone else, and you can't expect people to be perfect but should instead accept them for who they are. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Charlie's friends are supportive and want to help him find love by offering relationship advice.

Violence
Sex

Cartoon of a couple having sex at the beginning of the movie, plus references to "f--kies" and second base. Nothing graphic is shown on screen, but moans can be heard as Charlie and Lester discuss and watch porn. One of Charlie's rebound dates puts her hand down her pants when Lester is watching porn.

Language

Several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "a--hole," "bitch," "whore," and "idiot."

Consumerism

Products/logos seen include iPhone, Xbox, Nike, Dr. Dre, Dr. Oz, and Fiat.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink beer in bars and wine at dinner.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lovesick is a romantic comedy about Charlie Darby (Matt LeBlanc), a man who doesn’t know that when he falls in love, a psychotic reaction is triggered. Despite that, there isn’t any violence to worry about, but adults do drink in social settings and there’s a fair bit of swearing (including variations of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "ass"). Characters aren’t shown having sex -- except for a cartoon drawing at the beginning of the movie -- but they do kiss, and Charlie has an older neighbor who likes to discuss and watch porn in Charlie’s apartment (nothing graphic is visible on screen, but moans can be heard). And one of Charlie’s terrible rebound dates shoves her hands down her pants while sitting on his couch. 

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What's the story?

Charlie Darby (Matt LeBlanc) is the complete package. He’s smart, handsome, funny, has incredibly supportive friends, and is an adored principal at his elementary school. But when it comes to romantic relationships, Charlie constantly finds himself connecting nonexistent dots because his altered brain chemistry literally makes him LOVESICK. When he meets the beautiful Molly Kingston (Ali Larter) after a horrific rebound date, Charlie must learn how to overcome his psychosis with the help of his friend, Jason (Adam Rodriguez), and his neighbor, Lester (Chevy Chase) -- or risk losing Molly forever.

Is it any good?

Director Luke Matheny begins his quirky romantic comedy parody by defining "lovesick" as being "so deeply affected by love as to be unable to act normally." As his protagonist moves from a charming gentleman to a "crazy in love" stalker, viewers can't help but laugh as each of Charlie's imaginative scenarios become more elaborate than before -- bike rides with the bellhop turn into romantic Tuscan getaways with Dr. Oz. The dramatic soundtrack also adds to the slapstick humor, especially when other characters mistake Charlie's extremely jealous and paranoid behavior for grand romantic gestures.

Viewers might also think twice, or possibly recognize some of their own social media habits, after watching Charlie's obsessive lurking on Molly's online profile end up causing him to constantly doubt their relationship. While Lovesick doesn't tell us whether Charlie overcomes his psychosis, it does remind us that we can all get a little lovesick without trust and communication in our relationships.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about social media and relationships. What role does social media play in Charlie and Molly's relationship? How can you avoid digital drama and digital harassment?

  • Besides honesty and trust, what are some other important aspects of a healthy relationship and/or friendship?

  • How does Lovesick portray sex and drinking? What role do they play in the story and in the characters' lives?

Movie details

For kids who love romance and comedy

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