Squared Love Parent Guide
The production values are solid but the film is almost entirely forgettable.
Parent Movie Review
Minor celebrity and successful womanizer Enzo (Mateusz Banasiu) has been hired to act in a car commercial that his girlfriend, Alicja (Agnieszka Zulewska), is producing. Performing with him in the commercial is Klaudia (Adrianna Chlebicka), an up-and-coming model with a secret. Klaudia is actually an elementary teacher named Monika who is modeling on the side to help her father pay off debts to loan sharks. Struggling to balance her two identities, Monika finds herself falling for Enzo, who seems to be falling for Klaudia.
Is the movie trope where “woman takes out her ponytail and removes her glasses and is suddenly beautiful” outdated? Yes. Yes, it is. Why are glasses and ponytails the symbol of women who don’t care about how they look? Maybe some of us just want to be able to see. All this to say, the feminism of this story is contradictory and complicated. On the one hand, Monika is a woman with agency who makes a conscious choice to turn to modeling in order to help her family. At one point someone tries to slut shame her for “selling her body” and another character stands up to them and refutes their sexism, which is great. On the other hand, Monika declares that she thought Enzo was “the one” after knowing him for a week. Enzo’s brother, Andrzej (Jacep Knap), talks about how a wife’s job is to clean, cook, and take care of children, while he is apparently incapable of contributing to any of these essential tasks. With such a useless husband, it’s no surprise his wife had left him, but in the end, she comes back, and he doesn’t learn any lessons or changes his neanderthal mindset.
Contradictory gender messages aside, there are some positive aspects to Squared Love. The production values for this Polish film are solid, with decent sets, camera work, acting, and editing. The two leads have decent chemistry and I found myself rooting for them to end up together, which should be the most basic goal of a rom-com. If you prefer dubbed versions over reading subtitles, the dubs are well acted and matched. All that said, this is a forgettable movie. There are no interesting themes or subversions of genre norms, and the plot is predictable. If you ask me a week from now, I can already tell I will have no recollection of even seeing it.
As with most entries into this genre, I wouldn’t recommend this film for children, mostly because of the amount of swearing and sexual references. I did appreciate the lack of a sex scene, which is hard to find in this genre. If you really like rom coms, you could do worse, but you could also do a lot better. For me, I give Squared Love a solid “meh” and one half-hearted shrug.Directed by Filip Zylber. Starring Adrianna Chlebicka, Miroslaw Baka, Mateus Banasiuk. Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release February 11, 2021. Updated February 12, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Squared Love rated TV-14? Squared Love is rated TV-14 by the MPAA
Violence: A man says that debt collectors will cut off his fingers. A woman attacks another woman, pulling her hair.
Sexual Content: A woman is mistaken for a prostitute and a man asks her “How much for a quickie?” Some actual prostitutes are seen on the side of the road. A man refers to a woman as a whore. A couple kiss multiple times, sometimes because they are acting in a commercial and sometimes for real. Discussions of extramarital affairs, open relationships, and cheating. A woman is seen naked in the shower from behind, no nudity. A man accidently sends a naked picture of an ex-girlfriend to his brother, no nudity. Some mild innuendo.
Profanity: Expletives of various levels of intensity are used multiple times, including 5 F-bombs. A racial slur is heard in a background song. Various uses of terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A character is seen smoking cigarettes in multiple scenes, including around children. Adults drink champagne in a restaurant. A woman drinks too much gin and becomes drunk.
Page last updated February 12, 2021
Squared Love Parents' Guide
What kind of changes does Enzo make in his life as he gets to know Monika? What lessons does he learn? Why does Monika give up modeling? What is more important to her than money?
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