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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Mark clearly struggles with the demands of single parenting and the heaviness of grief. But he is trying.
Positive Role Models
Though he's rough around the edges, Mark is a fairly devoted, if slightly irresponsible, dad, though he does make decisions in the movie that point to his immaturity (say, hiring a random babysitter picked on Craigslist right on the spot; at one point, he also says that having a child "is not that big a deal").
Violence & Scariness
Drunk and high characters play with a gun; one party-goer offers $2000 for someone to pull the trigger. A guy has a testy conversation with his roommates and calls them names. A guy, lost in his frustration and anger, slowly kills a goldfish.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A guy makes out with a few women at different times.
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"F--k" is used many times in front of a toddler. Also "s--t," "damn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Mention of a Toyota Prius.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke weed and drink at a party; one of them gets totally sloshed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The End of Love is a fascinating, sometimes intense, but somewhat shiftless drama about a young actor's battle to cope with single parenthood; some of the scenes can be sad to watch. For example, when Mark talks to his son about death, it's straightforward yet disturbing; another time, his son, whom he adores, paces listlessly as Mark falls asleep on the couch, exhausted and overwhelmed; and when Mark auditions for a job with his son in tow, the dialogue is riddled with swear words and the other actors are visibly disturbed by the presence of his child. Expect some swearing, including "s--t" and "f--k." There's also some drug use (primarily weed) and drinking, as well as some making out and a scene with a gun. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The best acting award in this film goes to Isaac Webber, who plays Mark's son. Of course, the young co-star's natural way around Webber and the camera may have something to do with the fact that Webber is really his dad, but he still deserves plenty of kudos. (As does Webber for the way he stays in character while juggling the demands of a co-actor who thinks of him as daddy.)
THE END OF LOVE is meditative and interesting, and there's something poignant about watching Mark go through the day barely holding it together, aimless but not despicably neglectful (though he pushes it at a few points), yearning for a break (financial and otherwise), and in love with his son but not with the life that being left behind has given him. Nonetheless, the movie feels like it should have more dramatic tension than it does. For the most part, it's simply gloomy, downcast, and inert.
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