Stuck in Love (2013)
Starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Logan Lerman, Nat Wolff, Liana Liberato, and Kristen Bell
Directed by Josh Boone
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
Stuck in Love is more than adequately acted -- all four of the aforementioned actors plus Liana Liberato as Rusty's troubled girlfriend, Logan Lerman as a truly nice guy who tries to change Samantha's brashness, and Kristen Bell as a confidante of Bill make the most of Josh Boone's first script and directorial debut. However, Boone's screenplay is a tad uneven -- its lighthearted nature works much better than its stabs at trying to be serious. As a matter of fact, when the tale veers into any bit of a solemn moment, it proves to be too melodramatic as if Boone was searching for a way to make us connect with these characters.
That isn't to say Stuck in Love is a dreary piece of work. In fact, Boone shows potential in this genre and I'd be interested to see what he can bring to the table in the future. He certainly can direct actors in a way that makes them believable and interesting. There was potential for more here, but for a first time attempt at directing and writing, Boone's Stuck in Love is solid enough.
The RyMickey Rating: C+