She Is Love Parent Guide
This movie's tedium can't be blamed on the actors. It's solely the fault of the annoying script.
Parent Movie Review
Edgy after her flight across the Atlantic, Patricia (Haley Bennet) slowly makes her way to the Cornwall B&B her boyfriend booked for her. She’s horrified to discover that the charming home is also the full-time residence of her ex-husband, Idris (Sam Riley), and his actress girlfriend.
Most romance movies have a meet-cute or a meet-awkward but this one manages to spread awkwardness well beyond the first encounter. The discomfort between Patricia and Idris waxes and wanes, sometimes easing into friendliness, sometimes flaring into shouting matches. At no point, however, do the characters or their relationship manage to stir up anything approaching interest in the audience.
I think director Jamie Adams is trying to make a character study and She Is Love certainly puts character development above plot (of which there isn’t much). Haley Bennett and Sam Riley also do an outstanding job of bringing their characters to life. Vulnerability, rage, hope, despair, resentment – all of their feelings leap off the screen. The tedium of the film can’t be laid at the actors’ feet but rests solely with the irksome script.
Fans of slow-moving character films who are interested in She Is Love will need to have a high tolerance for negative content. The movie is almost drenched in booze – there are fewer scenes without alcohol than there are with it. Patricia and Idris seem to be constantly drinking wine or hard liquor, despite the fact that Idris has managed to achieve sobriety after what is implied to be a past history of problem drinking. The script is also liberally soaked in profanity, with over 40 sexual expletives.
At the beginning of the film, Patricia relates a dream she has of draining pasta: “I can’t bring myself to let go of it. I think it means I’m afraid of letting go of something I don’t need anymore.” As far as I’m concerned, I won’t have trouble letting go of this film – it will be a pleasure.
Directed by Jamie Adams. Starring Haley Bennett, Sam Riley. Running time: 79 minutes. Theatrical release February 3, 2023. Updated February 1, 2023
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Rating & Content Info
Why is She Is Love rated Not Rated? She Is Love is rated Not Rated by the MPAA
Violence: A man hits himself in the head with a tennis racket in frustration. There’s mention of family members who died.
Sexual Content: A man and woman kiss. A man gets hit by a ball in the crotch which he refers to as the “babymaker”. There’s mention of a past abortion.
Profanity: The movie contains well over 40 swear words, including over three dozen sexual expletives, a handful of terms of deity, and a few scatological curses and minor profanities. A slang term for female genitals is used in a derogatory fashion.
Alcohol / Drug Use: An adult takes prescription medication. A main character drinks liquor out of the bottle. A main character smokes cigarettes. Main characters drink alcohol frequently and are shown intoxicated.
Page last updated February 1, 2023
She Is Love Parents' GuideWhy did Patricia and Idris really get divorced? How had they deceived themselves in the ten years since they split up? How do they uncover the real causes of the fractures in their relationship? What effect does this have on them?
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If you want to watch more movies starring Sam Riley, you can try Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Radioactive, or Sometimes Always Never. You can watch Haley Bennett in Cyrano.