40-Love parents guide

40-Love Parent Guide

Viewers aren't going to have much love for a rom-com with poor pacing and flat or inconsistent characters.

Overall C-

Netflix: A math genius sets off to convince a popular tennis player that he can help her defeat her opponents.

Release date May 1, 2022

Violence B-
Sexual Content B
Profanity D
Substance Use B-

Why is 40-Love rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated 40-Love TV-MA for language

Run Time: 98 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Beek (Jasjit Williams) is a math nerd who spends his time analyzing the tennis games of global phenom Lois Kuzenkova (Alena Savostikova) – when he’s not flipping burgers at the local fast food restaurant. His dream of becoming a tennis consultant seems impossible until a relative dies, bequeathing him a legacy that will allow him to leave his home town and head for New York.

Beek’s route to the big time encounters a few detours, specifically a broken down car and a cracked tooth. These misadventures land him with an artist named Casey (Katerina Tannenbaum) as a traveling companion and a tow truck in which to complete the trip. Now, he must make it to the big city and persuade Lois and her entourage that his skills are just what she needs to fine tune her game.

40-Love could have been a much better film than it is. The story is at its best when Beek is in full nerd mode, either making uncanny Sherlock-type observations or using math to make a real difference. These moments receive little screen time and Beek spends most of the film being either clueless or mildly obnoxious. Other characters are often flat or inconsistent. Lois is almost completely devoid of personality and her only show of emotion seems to be grunting or shouting on the court. As for Casey, she harbors an intense hatred for dishonesty but can lie with ease and fluency when it furthers her own goals. Her successful deceit is lauded in the film, which is particularly odd given the heartbreaking consequences the lies of other people had in her own life.

The film also suffers from pacing problems. The first half of the story is devoted to developing Beek and Casey’s characters but that process is often slow and dull. Once the pair arrive in New York, the plot’s speed picks up, sadly without improving the enjoyment of the film. And don’t get me started on the predictability of the script. If you go more than twenty minutes into the movie without mapping out the plot all the way to the end, you are obviously watching your first rom-com.

Also on the negative side of the scale are this production’s content issues. Surprisingly, there is no sex or nudity but the movie abounds in profanity. With 100 swear words in the script, it serves up over one curse word a minute. The movie holds an ambiguous TV-MA rating, but were it a theatrical release, the profanity would ensure it received a Restricted rating. Thanks to this overwhelming level of profanity and little compensatory positive material, audiences aren’t going to have a lot of love lost for this unfortunate film.

Directed by Fred Wolf. Starring Jasjit Williams, Katerina Tannenbaum, Alena Savostikova, Patrick Warburton. Running time: 98 minutes. Theatrical release May 1, 2022. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is 40-Love rated TV-MA? 40-Love is rated TV-MA by the MPAA for language

Violence:   A character bumps his head, cracking his tooth. An angry person screams and kicks a car. A health care professional has an extended monologue about suicide. A man talks about stomping someone on the head. A vehicle runs over a bunch of tarantulas. A bouncer threatens a man with a physical beating. A man threatens to kill another man.
Sexual Content: There is a brief moment of innuendo regarding a man’s genital size. A man and woman kiss on a few occasions. A teen uses a crude term for sexual intercourse.
Profanity:  There are approximately 100 swear words in the film, including 49 sexual expletives, 21 scatological curses, sixteen terms of deity, and an assortment of minor curse words, and some crude anatomical terms.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A person removes several empty liquor bottles from a car. A man jokes about abusing nitrous oxide and about suicide by alcohol. A person makes frequent jokes about alcohol and insinuates that Irish Americans are all heavy drinkers. A woman is apparently drunk. Adults make toasts with alcohol.

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40-Love Parents' Guide

How do Beek and Casey overcome their difficult beginnings? How do they help each other reach for their dreams? Who encourages you to move past fear and reach for your goals?

Home Video

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