Friday, April 25, 2014

Stuck in Love (2012)

This movie is definitely going to stay on my favorite movie list!! Love love love this movie so much. Stuck In Love is my kind of favorite movie. The storyline. The music. The cast. The cinematography. Everything blends in one perfection that i can’t resist. It’s like watching “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” or “Perks of Being a Wallflower”, I’m just falling in love for an instant since the beginning of the movie. From the first sentence or in this case the first line, I’m intrigue to watch more. And in the end, I’m happy that i didn’t get disappointed by the ending or anything happen in this movie. 


Stuck in Love tells a story of how a family experiencing their first love and giving second chances at the same time. 

Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear), an acclaimed-writer that has published two successful book is not ready to start over a new life and get over his wife, Erica (Jennifer Conelly), after being cheated. Almost every single night, Bill spends his hour by stalking on the window at Erica and her boyfriend new home. 

On the other hand, Bill and Erica’s daughter, Samantha Borgens (Lilly Collins) is having everything girl envy. She just published her first book in one of the prestigious publisher and making out with handsome boys. Samantha is the typical love-cynical who is not believe in the world love after seeing her parents’ divorce. But when a handsome yet warm writer which also happen to be her classmate, Louis (Logan Lerman), came in her life, Sam decide to rule out her fear and ready to fall in love for the first time. 

Meanwhile, Sam’s little brother Rusty (Nat Wolff) is also experiencing his first love with his classmate, Kate. Unfortunately, Rusty is just a home boy and socially-awkward high school student who wanted to express his feeling for Kate (Liana Liberato) through poems and writings. But when his father tells Rusty that if he wants to be a good writer he has to experience a lot of thing in his life, Rusty finally step out of his home and ready to capture Kate’s heart.  Sadly, Rusty’s first love is not having a happy ending and that’s when he has to live his life as a more mature man.


As a shallow minded person (why? Because I love to see more of a simple movie that has a deep meanings about love & life, rather than a heavy one) this movie is like heaven to me. Stuck in Love portrays a remarkable journey of how adult and young adult experiencing their love-life in a simple yet meaningful way. Just because it’s light and easy to understand, doesn’t mean this movie is a so-so. How the writer depicts the love story that we often encounter in our life is perfect. The fact that Stuck in Love focus on love-life of the writer also makes me fall in love even more with this. One after another meaningful line that keeps flowing is certainly strength of Stuck in Love. Always love to watch a movie that has a bunch of meaningful lines. 


The set is another plus point. A house on a seaside is perfect and dreamy.


The storyline is undoubtedly the strength in this movie. The simplicity is what makes Stuck in Love beautiful and brilliant at the same time. It shows viewers what a human being would like to do when they can’t get over something. What are their escapes? The father tends to keep waiting while hoping that someday his loved ones will knock on a door. The daughter chooses to be skeptic and cynical about love until finally open her heart and asking to not get hurt. The son prefers to grab his first love heart and experience what people called high-school life.

Isn’t that kind of story simple? It is simple for me. Because it came from an ordinary life, the life we tend to see on. Maybe the familiarity with this kind of story is the reason why Stuck in Love is intriguing for me. Because I find it relatable. The twist came when we realize that Stuck in Love is actually the story of how a writer spends their life. As a book-lover, I used to think an author have a splendid life and magnificent imagination so that they can create such a wonderful book. But when watching Stuck in Love and hearing the line “A writer is the sum of their experiences.”, it knocked my heart. A writer is also a human being who has trouble and complicated life. But they’re refused to get stressed and depressed, they’re deciding to throw it on writings. This, once again, another reason why i love Stuck in Love.


Lilly Collins is all grown up lady now. I really love her act in this movie. I think she perform well than what she does in Mortal Instruments. She really dives into her character. She’s a lovely girl type who never gets drunk and faithful to one boy. She’s a sugar. But she shows that she can be a salt in Stuck in Love. And she did an absolute job. Two thumbs for Lilly Collins in this movie. She’s the attention-grabber for me in this one.

This is the first time I watch Nat Wolff’s movie. Man, he’s cute! He is definitely my type of boy. Dorky, smart, and has a lovely smile. He also did a good job. The scene when he cries after seeing Kate’s unconscious body is my favorite acts of him. I hope he can be a big star in the future, because he deserves it.

Is it just me or is Logan looks put on a lot of weight in this movie? After watching his ok-shaped body in Percy Jackson, I think Logan looks a little chubby in this one. But anyway, beside his looks, as usual he showed a good performance. He looks mature and that makes me forget his role as Percy Jackson. Love the way he treats Lilly, I hope both of them can be a couple in real life.


My first favorite scene is in the beginning of the movie, when Rusty looks at Kate and smile. I don’t know why, but his smile is infectious. It makes me want to smile together with him. And he really looks like he falls deeply in love for Kate.

My second favorite scene is when Bill dropped by Erica’s window and put his wedding ring in the wood. I love it because is the new way of saying “I finally get over you.”, even though he take it back again after seeing that Erica still wearing the same ring.

My third favorite scene is when the Borgens save Kate from some sick bastard. When Bill and Erica brought Kate’s unconscious body to the car, when Rusty cries and Sam’s comforting him. It shows that they are still a family and blood is thicker than water.


I give 10 out of 10 for this movie. This is perfect for me.

“There are two kinds of people in this world: hopeless romantics and realists. A realist just sees that face and packs it in with every other pretty girl they’ve ever seen before. The hopeless romantic becomes convinced that God put them on Earth to be with that one person.” – Samantha Borgens (Stuck in Love)

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