The Book of Love

January 10th, 2017


The Book of Love

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 5.5/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Bill Purple

Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel

Henry is an introverted architect. After the death of his wife in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen, to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.

Writers: Robbie Pickering, Bill Purple, Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Jessica Biel, Mary Steenburgen, Maisie Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Paul Reiser, Orlando Jones, Bryan Batt, Joshua Mikel, Cailey Fleming, Jayson Warner Smith, Jon Arthur, Richard Robichaux, Russ Russo, Christopher Gehrman, Parker Hankins, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Jessica Biel - Penny
Mary Steenburgen - Julia
Maisie Williams - The Girl
Jason Sudeikis - Henry
Paul Reiser - Wendell
Orlando Jones - Cornelius 'Dumbass' Thibadeaux
Bryan Batt -
Joshua Mikel - Thor Heyerdahl
Cailey Fleming - Young Millie
Jayson Warner Smith - Uncle Glen
Jon Arthur - EMT
Richard Robichaux - Pascal
Russ Russo - David Pearlman
Christopher Gehrman - William Willis
Parker Hankins - Pascal's Son

Taglines: How far would you go for a lost love?

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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User Review


Rating: 2/10

Just saw this at Heartland Film had a few good, funny scenes, but the story is so full of tropes (truth delivered from young child folk voice overs, flashbacks to a "haunting" past, and characters who talk their way through "dramatic exchanges" to realizations) that I thought I might have been watching cheap television. Rather than witnessing an unfolding drama, we were presented with scene after scene of characters stupidly stumbling into a situation where they were neatly arranged in a well- lit space in convenient blocking to "discuss their issues". The movie is excessively scored in prepackaged "Hollywood" music you'd expect from a 1999 blockbuster.

On a positive note, Maisie Williams is a star and I believed a lot of her character. The acting was fine...Sudeikis couldn't have done much more with the part, but his earnestness in the role is cringe- worthy because the writing is so weak. Biel is fun as an unpredictable and lovable n'Orleans lady. Sudeikis' sidekicks are a source of some of the few organic laughs.

All in all, unless you're a massive Biel/Sudeikis fan, I'd skip it. Really. Without a spoiler, the movie follows the two main characters toward a literal suicide mission, but the score is optimistic and the child's voice-over is telling you otherwise - this movie has a surreal disconnect between the story it's telling in music and voice-over and the story it's showing as the characters embark on their final journey. If Herzog had told the same story, it would be clear the characters were insane rather than "on a heartfelt journey".

At the q&a Biel mentioned the script went through 26 rewrites. I would be very very curious to see the original script.


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