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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.

Movie R 2013 94 minutes
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LUV is a gritty look at Baltimore's underworld, seen through the eyes of a young boy who quickly grows up during one bad day. Common is charismatic as the ex-con who gradually reveals a dark side; eventually it becomes clear why he went away and why there are people who aren't happy to see him back. Rainey is even better as they boy who hero worships his uncle and slowly starts to realize that even the coolest grown-ups have flaws -- and Vincent has some big ones.

But LUV is also disturbing, as the boy is drawn into very adult situations. Viewers can blame Vincent for dragging his nephew along, clearly a very poor decision, or they might question the entire premise: Would anyone really be that foolish? And would young Woody really be able to rise to the occasion, as he's required to do more than once? The story sometimes seems just a step too far-fetched. It's unpleasant to see a child in danger, and it's not completely believable.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 18, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: April 2, 2013
  • Cast: Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert
  • Director: Sheldon Candis
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Indomina
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 94 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, language, child endangerment and some drug content
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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