Book of Love
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Elaine Walker (played by Frances O'Connor) is a 27-year old event planner who likes her yoga and wants to be child-free for another ten years. Her husband, David (played by Simon Baker), a history teacher at a girls' school, has slowly been gaining weight and wants a family. Getting ice cream cones, they are served by Chet, an almost-16-year old high school swimmer working part-time (played by Gregory Smith). Incidentally Elaine gets a look at Chet's tight abs and is impressed. Another visit for ice cream leads to a dinner invitation. Chet hasn't traveled much; so the couple takes him to New York City and promise to take him to Disneyworld. Elaine shortly gives into Chet's desire, after which Elaine tells her husband.
David, though visibly upset, tries to rise above the situation and says he wants to fulfill his promise for the couple to take Chet to Disneyworld. Although both Elaine and Chet have deep misgivings, the three fly down to Orlando and check into a motel with pool. There the anger of David and the wishful thinking of Chet make an appearance, with maybe some other undercurrents. Seeing this, Elaine freezes up. The film heads toward its conclusions.
There are two useful subplots, one involving a student with a crush on David and the other with a lesbian couple wanting David to be a sperm donor. Both subplots give insight on David's character.
None of the three principal characters is forthright in expressing feelings or wants to discuss issues. The dialogue is directed at surface events and is meant to convey an acceptable social exterior.Read more ›
A young-ish seemingly cute couple does yoga, travels to impoverished lands, eats hydroponic veggies & hangs out with lesbians in Manhattan. Therefore, Elaine & David think they are "good" and "caring" and "intelligent" people. They think they are really classy, learned and clever. They know things about history and politics and thus, they are quite keen on themselves. They meet a VERY young kid -- only 15 years old. Chet's never been to the big city! Oh no! Travesty! They take it upon themselves to remedy this egregious trauma in Chet's life and very quickly traumatize him. Elaine, 28 yo, claims to be reaching out to Chet because he's "practically an orphan" (with a dead or missing mom and a dad who works a lot.) By her own admission, she KNOWS he's vulnerable -- a lonely, sad and needy kid. She willfully exploits this. From the get-go, her interests are not pure but prurient. She ogles him within moments after meeting him, having gotten him to take his shirt off. She flirts outrageously. The kid is, well, a kid. Hormonal, horny, confused, off-kilter. He's hungry for attention / compassion / kindness. Bullied at school, forlorn at home, Chet's the perfect prey for a predator. He's also quite precocious and eager to seem more grown-up than he is. However, despite his intellect & precocity, he's still a child. Any responsible adult would see that; it's revealed in blinking neon when he confesses a yearning desire to go to Disney World. Instead of being a positive influence in the life of a youth with great potential, Elaine is thinking only of herself.Read more ›
David (Simon Baker) is a popular history teacher in a private girl's school in New Jersey and is blissfully married to Elaine (Frances O'Connor) who is an Events Planner and thrives on her time with her husband, wanting to delay having children for 'at least ten years' in lieu of an exciting marital sex life. Into this radiantly alive couple's life enters a young fifteen-year-old highschool student and swimmer Chet (Gregory Smith) who happens to meet them in an ice cream parlour and immediately feels a warmth for the two of them. The feeling is mutual, especially and David and Elaine learn that Chet has no strong family ties, has never even been into Manhattan much less to Disney World, a place Chet covets.
David and Elaine invite Chet into their home and lives, dining with him, taking him to a club in Manhattan (a place where Elaine takes the stage to sing with her lesbian friend entertainer), involving him in talks about Cambodian history and philosophy, etc. As an aside, their lesbian couple friends approach David to be the sperm donor for a child and Elaine and David agree to their request. David, Elaine and Chet appear to be a most happy trio until Chet makes physical advances to Elaine, advances which Elaine initially gently rebuffs but simultaneously feels awakened sensual responses to this young virginal lad.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it wasn't the movie I was expecting but price was right and a good moviePublished 4 months ago by Maurice A.
disappointed in give it a year one character I found unappealing quite a bit the only parts worth watching were with Simon baker some of the other characters were hard to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Marjorie Angelo
I appreciated the story even though it was terribly sad. Simon Baker is an excellent actor. It shows us what the results can be when one makes damaging choices in life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carolyn Brink
It's hard to write about Alan Brown's movies. I've seen them all. Each is different, but somehow the same. This is his first full length feature. Read morePublished 11 months ago by George F. Taylor
This is a movie about vapid and boring people. Long pauses, empty conversation and an awful folk music soundtrack substitute for any real acting or chemistry. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bookaholic
Great acting by all 3 main charactors and how a stupid event along with boredom can cause even a good relationship fall apart and ruin lives.Published 24 months ago by sylvia weinzettl
I love Simon Baker's work. Therefore, I was interested in seeing all of the movies he has made. This movie was entertaining.Published on February 7, 2014 by Janice Troilo
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