The Love Letter

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Dull made-for-TV romcom has dated stereotypes, no romance.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 88 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Some very dated and sexist messages about women and their role in relationships and marriage, including that if a woman works full-time she won't have a happy marriage because she won't have time to cook and clean for her husband. A woman's value in a relationship is mostly weighed by how well she can cook, albeit jokingly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not a lot of positive role models here.

Violence
Sex

A lot of talk about marriage and relationships, though almost none about the physical side. Aaron tries to kiss his girlfriend, but she says they have to wait until they're married. One kiss between a couple.

Language

"Shut up."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Love Letter is a made-for-TV romantic comedy starring Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show), the rapper formerly known as Lil' Romeo (Romeo Miller), and Sister, Sister alums Jackee Harry and Marques Houston. This relationship movie is clean enough for young tweens and up, but the slow-moving plot and adult conversations will probably bore them. Parents may be concerned about some dated stereotypes about women, including that a marriage doesn't work if a woman works too much and that a good girlfriend is one who cooks well for her man.

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What's the story?

Aaron (Romeo Miller) and Parker (Keshia Knight Pulliam) have been friends since Parker stood up for him on the basketball court in elementary school. Now adults, Aaron is hoping Parker will step in and help him again after he accidentally becomes engaged to his girlfriend, whom he's not sure he really loves. As Parker tries to convince Aaron to call off the wedding, her mom Josephine (Jackee Harry) is determined to set her up with the millionaire bachelor Wesley (Marques Houston), who seems too good to be true. On top of it all, Parker is desperate to come up with a catchy new idea for her entertainment column, which hasn't been entertaining anyone. Desperate for good content, Parker writes a fake letter asking for advice about her love life. But when those around her start to suspect the letter may be about her, Parker begins to wonder whom she's really in love with after all.

Is it any good?

Although it's chock-full of recognizable TV stars, this dull romcom is so boring, you'd be better off watching a few reruns of Sister, Sister. With only a few characters and a few sets, this low-budget TV movie is mostly dialogue, which, unfortunately, is awkward, unrealistic, and mostly just bland. There's little spark between any of the characters, making you wonder why any of them would want to marry another. And the dated stereotypes about women are awful, making what would be a boring film down-right terrible.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about love and friendship. Do you think you need to be friends with a person to love him or her? Why, or why not?

  • What do you think about the role of women in relationships as portrayed in this film? Do you think it's accurate? Why, or why not?

  • What's your favorite romantic comedy? Why is it your favorite?

Movie details

For kids who love romance

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