Parents' Guide to

The Book of Love

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Uneven drama about two lost souls has swearing, drug use.

Movie PG-13 2017 104 minutes
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Book of love movie

I thought this movie was good it shows how grief affects us all no matter what your age and we can help each other to be able to live again. Of course not everyone should just give up responsibity but I think the message is do something that gives you freedom from fear for a while.

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This slow-paced drama is about two people who are both adrift -- unfortunately, so is the film. The basic idea in The Book of Love is something we've seen many times before: A man lost to grief finds himself by helping someone who's also in need of aid. But the execution here is hackneyed and trite. Midway through the film, we can tell Henry is hurting when he starts sporting beard of a man who's let himself go. We know his wife is the one who brought a spark of joy into his life because she made him wear purple sneakers. But she's not really a fully realized character, just a plot device. And the less said about Williams' Southern accent the better, though you'll hear it a lot during her many, many cliche-filled voiceovers.

The story isn't particularly realistic or believable -- would a teenage orphan really be abandoned to live with a random, drunken friend of her dad? -- and, more importantly, it's not interesting. The big reveal at the end feels insignificant, and the uplifting ending is anti-climactic. Sudeikis especially has trouble making us care about his plight, and we never feel all that invested in any of the characters. There are far better books out there than this one.

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