As young director Josh Boone begins pre-production and casting for his adaptation of John Greene's novel The Fault in Our Stars, his debut feature, Stuck in Love, is just about to hit theaters. The film premièred at the Toronto Film Festival last year and a new trailer has just been released.
Stuck in Love is an ensemble drama with three main romance plots. Greg Kinnear playsmiddle-aged divorcée Bill Borgens, who starts a friends-with-benefits relationship with his neighbour, played by Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), only to learn that one of those benefits is her incredible wingman skills.
Meanwhile, Lily Collins plays Bill's daughter Samantha Borgens, an ambitious college student who already has a book deal and definitely doesn't have any time for romance until she runs into "nice guy" Lou (Logan Lerman) in between casual one-night stands. Finally, there's Rusty (Nat Wolff), the youngest of the Borgens clan who, unlike his sister, is struggling to find his voice as a fantasy writer and meets his first troubled teenage love along the way.
Along with the trailer, there's also a brand new poster for the film:
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It's difficult to look at this new material and not think of 2011's Crazy Stupid Love, which also featured a middle-aged divorcée trying to get back with his wife and being aided by a flirting expert and a casual-sex-only character. The fact that Boone's film was originally called Writers and later underwent a name change seems to suggest that the similarities in marketing were made to create greater appeal to fans of modern romance in the Crazy Stupid Love vein. It's by no means the first time we've seen this "first loves and second chances" theme in a movie, but the sense of déjà vu won't matter so long as Stuck in Love pieces together its own compelling characters and stories.
You have to give the film's producers credit for the casting of Jennifer Connelly as Bill's ex-wife and mother of the two kids, if only because the resemblance between Connelly and Lily Collins is striking, especially in the clips that show them playing out their tempestuous relationship face-to-face. The trailer also features a heavily clichéd "makeover" scene, in which Greg Kinnear walks in and out of the closet wearing different outfits and Kristen Bell shakes her head and insults his dress sense every time before finally giving the thumbs-up (or in this case, the hubba-hubba).
What do you think of the trailer? Is it too similar to what we've seen before, or does Stuck in Love show promise? Tell us your impressions in the comments section.
Stuck in Love is out on limited release April 19th, 2013.
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