Given that it deals with a spectacularly dysfunctional family, writer-director Josh Boone’s romantic comedy-drama Stuck in Love is surprisingly warm-hearted and cosy.
The characters really are messed up, though. Greg Kinnear’s blocked writer, Bill Borgens, still pines for ex-wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly) and haunts her home at night, hoping to find evidence that her current marriage is falling apart.
His precocious 19-year-old daughter, Samantha (Lily Collins), already a published author, won’t forgive mom and has adopted a pose of hard-bitten cynicism when it comes to her own love life, much to the dismay of eager suitor Lou (Logan Lerman).
Son Rusty (Nat Wolff), squirming on the fence as he tries to keep both parents happy, meanwhile falls for troubled classmate Kate (Liano Liberato).
With almost everyone on screen trading snappy one-liners and literary references with aplomb, you’d think the quirkiness and self-absorption on display would-be off-putting, but Boone’s warmth towards his characters and the cast’s appealing performances draw you into their lives and make you hope they’ll all pull through.
In cinemas from Friday 14th June.
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