Stuck in Love

Stuck in Love

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Director: Josh Boone

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins

     
 

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The directorial debut of John Boone, Stuck in Love stars Greg Kinnear as Bill Borgens, a highly respected and award-winning novelist who has been unable to write a word since his wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly) left him three years ago. While he pines for his ex, theirSee more details below

Overview

The directorial debut of John Boone, Stuck in Love stars Greg Kinnear as Bill Borgens, a highly respected and award-winning novelist who has been unable to write a word since his wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly) left him three years ago. While he pines for his ex, their oldest daughter Sam (Lily Collins) is about to publish her first novel, but is consumed with hatred towards her mother. Meanwhile, their younger son, Rusty (Nat Wolff), an obsessive Stephen King fan, falls in love with a fellow teenager who is dealing with an addiction to drugs. Stuck in Love screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival under the title Writers.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
When it comes to plotting, writer/director Josh Boone doesn't score any points for originality with his debut feature Stuck in Love, but he does have a good ear for dialogue and has cast his first film well. Greg Kinnear plays William Borgens, a successful novelist who hasn't written anything as good as his breakthrough work, but maintains a career thanks to name recognition. He's the patriarch of a dysfuntional and broken family that also consists of his cynical college-age daughter Samantha (Lily Collins), who is about to publish her first novel, his too-good-for-his-own-good teen son Rusty (Nat Wolff), who idolizes Stephen King, and his ex-wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly), whom he still fixates on to the degree that he spies on her home. The movie details how over the course of 12 months -- the story opens and closes with a Thanksgiving dinner -- these characters wrestle with truths about themselves and their various romantic entanglements. If you're going to cast the part of an earnestly smug, prickly writer who slowly reveals his huge heart, you could do much worse than Greg Kinnear, an actor who has grown from playing one-note jovial smart-asses to flawed but still quite likable jackasses. That sounds like a backhanded compliment, but it's not meant to be. He does strong work here, keeping William's pain close enough to the surface so that we can quickly see why his self-centeredness comes from fear and not ego. He also has a handful of scenes with Kristen Bell as his sharp-tongued occasional lover that are hilarious for their emotional directness and frank banter. Lily Collins is nothing like her portrayal of Snow White in the previous year's Mirror Mirror. Here, she plays someone whose overpowering smarts make her a formidable foe for a would-be boyfriend; with her steely demeanor and protective emotional shell, she's reminiscent of Ellen Page. Her continued rejections of a sweet classmate (Logan Lerman) slowly falter as she learns the truth about her parents' complicated split and begins to realize that sealing herself off from emotional pain is no guarantee that it won't hit her anyway. Rusty, who's such a sap that his father more or less orders him to get into trouble so that he'll have experiences to write about, falls for a girl his age who turns out to have problems that make the Borgens clan look like the Cleavers or the Huxtables. Wolff plays his kindhearted character too earnestly -- he's not as engaging as the two stronger-willed members of his immediate family -- but he does nail the funniest scene in the movie (which involves a cameo too good to spoil). Boone isn't yet a good enough scribe to convince us that he knows something about writers -- there isn't a plot turn or scene you don't see coming -- but he does show a talent for creating sympathetic, flawed characters and finding the right actors to embody them. Stuck in Love is a fine first film that, if Boone is lucky, won't remain his best work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
UPC:
0687797140395
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
R
Source:
Millennium
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
5,605

Special Features

Director's Commentary; Making of "Stuck in Love"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greg Kinnear Bill Borgens
Jennifer Connelly Erica
Lily Collins Samantha Borgens
Nat Wolff Rusty Borgens
Kristen Bell Tricia
Logan Lerman Louis
Liana Liberato Kate
Michael Goodwin Professor Abbott
Stephen King Stephen King
Rusty Joiner Martin
Patrick Schwarzenegger Glen
David Morris Rodney
Barbara Weetman Diane
Alexandria Lauren terAvest Becky
Zeeko Zaki Gus
Nate Panning Bartender
Spencer Breslin Jason
Brandi Nicole Feemster Teacher
Glen Powell Good Looking Frat Guy
Zack Mines Midwest
Amber Sheets Danielle
Nadiyah S. Dorsey Nurse

Technical Credits
Josh Boone Director,Screenwriter
Jeffree Bloomer Sound Mixer
Eric Brenner Executive Producer
Judy Cairo Producer
Rick Clark Asst. Director
Patrick W. Dugan Executive Producer
James Gibb Associate Producer
Jacob Hays Score Composer
Laura Katz Musical Direction/Supervision
Mike Mogis Score Composer
Myles Nestel Executive Producer
Tim Orr Cinematographer
John Papsidera Casting
Kari Perkins Casting,Costumes/Costume Designer
Carole Peterman Co-producer
Matthew Petrosky Camera Operator
Jeff Rice Executive Producer
Andy Ross Musical Direction/Supervision
John Sanders Production Designer
Michael A. Simpson Executive Producer
Robb Sullivan Editor
Nathaniel Walcott Score Composer
Lisa Wilson Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stuck in Love
1. Interpretations [7:21]
2. Cause For Celebration [7:33]
3. Two Types [7:23]
4. New and Improved [8:55]
5. Meeting Kate [6:24]
6. Can't Go Any Further [7:18]
7. Moving On [8:31]
8. Taking a Chance [8:33]
9. Samantha's Party [8:41]
10. Crisis [6:12]
11. Dear Rusty [8:55]
12. The Most Important Thing [10:57]

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