Love, Guaranteed Parent Guide
Despite its flaws and made-for-TV vibe, this film is watchable for rom-com fans and has some positive mesages.
Parent Movie Review
Susan Whitaker (Rachel Leigh Cook) is an earnest young Seattle lawyer with a crusader’s zeal to “rip off the blindfold and let justice see.” She represents clients who can’t afford to pay, with the result that her staff are updating their resumes, her office water cooler has just been repossessed, and she drives a decrepit orange Volkswagen that randomly plays 80s tunes at high volume. Then, one day, a (gasp!) paying client walks through her door.
Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.) is a lovelorn bachelor who’s handsome, articulate, and almost too good to be true. But Nick has a problem: he signed up with Love, Guaranteed, a dating app that promises that anyone who goes on 1000 dates will find love. Nick has gone on 986 dates, and true love is nowhere in sight. So he’s asking Susan to help him sue the company for false advertising and “reckless endangerment of the human heart”. Susan doesn’t want to take the case, convinced that it’s just a money-grubbing “gotcha” lawsuit, but her staff really want their water cooler back…
There are no surprises in this movie. It is, after all, a rom-com and the genre all but guarantees love and happy endings. However, “rom-com” is short for “romantic comedy” and the movie is a bit light on the comedy part of the formula with funny lines that too often fail to land. There are some amusing moments (mainly dating disasters) but the moment that made me laugh the loudest is when Susan is told that Nick has a trial date in six weeks. Be warned – if you know anything at all about how the legal system functions, this movie is going to drive you insane with its wildly improbable and often downright ridiculous plot points.
If you’re willing to overlook the plot holes, you can rest assured that there’s very little troubling content to worry about. Amazingly, this rom-com has no sexual content beyond infrequent kissing and mild innuendo. Profanity is limited to one (yup, one) anatomical term. It’s reassuring to know that Hollywood can make a clean romantic film, and kind of depressing to wonder why they don’t do it more often. The only issue in the movie is alcohol consumption, with characters drinking wine in social situations and the inebriation of a minor character being played for laughs.
Production issues are, sadly, more of a problem than the content. The script is…okay. It’s sometimes witty, sometimes heavy-handed, but the cast seem unable to forget that they are acting, which makes it difficult for their dialogue to feel lived instead of written. Heather Graham, who plays Love, Guaranteed’s owner as a thinly disguised Gwyneth Paltrow complete with lifestyle blog, is apparently unable to decide if her character is a wannabe yogi or a high school mean girl and waffles disconcertingly between the two.
Despite its flaws and made-for-tv vibe, Love, Guaranteed is a watchable bit of fluff with good messages about being honest and emotionally vulnerable. The acting might be subpar, but the story is sweet. If you love the idea of love and want to curl up on the couch with a fluffy blanket and a tub of cookie dough ice cream, this movie will guarantee you ninety minutes of warm fuzzies which are just as sugary and gooey as your snack.Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Heather Graham, and Damon Wayans Jr.. Running time: 90 minutes. Theatrical release September 3, 2020. Updated September 3, 2020
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Love, Guaranteed rated TV-PG? Love, Guaranteed is rated TV-PG by the MPAA
Violence: Two adults throw office supplies at each other in a joking manner. A woman repeatedly hits a man on the shoulder and tells him he likes it.
Sexual Content: There is a picture of a shirtless man. Secondary characters engage in minor sexual innuendo. There is a brief mention of sexting: no details. A man and woman hug; he kisses her forehead. A man and woman kiss.
Profanity: An anatomical term is used once.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Main characters drinks wine at home and in social settings. A man asks for whole bottle of wine on an awkward date. A secondary character is drunk in public. There is brief mention of sleeping pills. There is a photo of a woman holding a cocktail and looking impaired.
Page last updated September 3, 2020
Love, Guaranteed Parents' Guide
Is it possible to guarantee that people can fall in love? What about making it more likely? Is it possible to find love through an app? How do you stay safe while using one of these apps?
The New York Times: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love
The Atlantic: The Rise of Dating App Fatigue
Pew Research Center: The Virtues and Downsides of Online Dating
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For a romance set in the earliest days of internet relationships, you can watch Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail.Way, way further back – 200+ years to be precise – a young woman tries her hand at matchmaking in Emma.A relationship consultant helps men find the woman of their dreams – but he has trouble on the home front in Hitch. Dating goes hardball in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.