Love at First Kiss Parent Guide
Big questions; uninspired delivery.
Parent Movie Review
Javier (Alvaro Cervantes) has an unusual gift: when he kisses a woman he sees their future together, for better or worse. This allows him to avoid bad relationships, but it also means that he’s developed a reputation for abruptly jilting women. Then one evening he accidentally kisses Lucia (Silvia Alonso) and sees himself spending a joyful life with her. There’s just one problem: Lucia is dating his best friend.
Love at First Kiss starts out on familiar path of romantic comedies and veers off in a new direction. It asks thought-provoking questions about fate and destiny. Would you want to know how your romantic relationships will turn out? Would you like to have detailed previews of your future life? Would you give up the ability to be surprised? Would you swap security for spontaneity? Most remarkably, the movie manages to confound our expectations and move in some unexpected directions – its biggest weakness is that it sometimes telegraphs those course changes a bit too far in advance.
Fans of romantic dramas will enjoy the film’s ambience and the chemistry between the main characters. I should warn you that the English dubs for this Spanish film are annoying so if you don’t mind subtitles, I would recommend using them instead. Some of the voice actors in the English version really manage to kill the movie’s emotional atmosphere.
Also problematic is the movie’s negative material. Surprisingly for a European film, the sexual content is not graphic: there’s lots of passionate kissing and a scene of implied sex but no nudity or detailed activity. There is some profanity, including a half dozen sexual expletives. When you take into account the frequent scenes of alcohol consumption and some bloody performance art (just as weird as it sounds), this isn’t a movie for younger viewers.
My opinion of this film boils down to “meh”. The plot is sufficiently novel that it kept me focused, but the pacing is far too loose. This movie is only 96 minutes long, but it somehow feels longer. Netflix nailed it because Love at First Kiss is the perfect streaming movie – it’s interesting enough to keep you watching, but slow enough that you can scroll Instagram at the same time.Directed by Alauda Ruiz de Azua. Starring Alvaro Cervantes, Silvia Alonso, Susana Abaitua, Gorka Otxoa. Running time: 96 minutes. Theatrical release March 3, 2023. Updated March 6, 2023
Love at First Kiss
Rating & Content Info
Why is Love at First Kiss rated TV-MA? Love at First Kiss is rated TV-MA by the MPAA for language
Violence: A woman throws an alcoholic drink at a man’s face. A swimmer is seen on the beach: it’s possible that the person has drowned. A woman pulls a knife on a man as part of an artistic performance: she puts the knife in her mouth. Fake blood is dumped on an audience member in a show.
Sexual Content: There are frequent scenes of men and women kissing. Tweens play spin the bottle and kiss. Two teenage girls kiss. A woman mentions a past sexual encounter with a man. A woman kisses a man and woman on the dance floor. A man and woman kiss passionately and remove clothing: sex is implied but there is no nudity or detail.
Profanity: There are just under two dozen profanities in the script, including a half dozen sexual expletives. There are also terms of deity, scatological curses, minor profanities, and crude anatomical terms.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults drink alcohol in social situations. A woman talks about taking a sedating prescription drug and acts stoned. A woman gets drunk and vomits.
Page last updated March 6, 2023
Love at First Kiss Parents' Guide
What do you think Javier learns over the course of the film? Do you think he draws the right conclusions? What do you think of the changes he makes in his life? What do you think you would do if you had his “gift” for seeing the future of a relationship? Why do you think he’s reluctant to tell people about his gift? What do you think would happen if he explained the source of his uncanny knowledge?
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There are other romantic films that use time or foreknowledge as a plot element.
In The Time Traveler’s Wife, a woman falls for a man with an unusual problem: he is genetically primed to abruptly shift through time. About Time has a similar theme: men in a certain family are able to voluntarily travel through time in their own lives. Tim decides to use this ability to go back and fix his romantic relationships.
The Lake House tells the story of an architect and a lawyer who fall in love through letters. There’s just one catch: she’s living a year in the future – but her knowledge might just save them all.
In a world where time travel is available to the wealthy, their temporal jaunts have the power to alter time and relationships for everyone else. In Needle in a Timestack, Nick is convinced that his relationship with his wife is destined to last – despite her ex’s attempt to destroy it.