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 ›
Without giving away the whole plot, I'll just say that some where near the end Brown loses focus. He is very good at showing complex interpersonal relationships, but here the plot just runs out of steam, and the ending is not only confusing, but completely unsatisfactory. Maybe the money ran out. Maybe he lost motivation. The political content has absolutely nothing to do with the plot. It is a condemnation of the US continued use of land mines and the horrific consequences. It is sort of just tacked on. He does much better with his next films.
I was actually hoping the 3 of these folks would have a menage a trois. That might have at least had the appeal of being unusual. But these folks are too cardboard for anything so unconventional. Instead of showing any emotions, all they do is stand around and brood while lame alternative music plays in the background. . We never see what happens to the kid. In fact there is no real resolution at all. The couple does not get back together, the kid fades away, and it all just segues into another burst of angsty folk music. I think this movie must have been written by a 16-year old who is trying to express the futility and meaninglessness of life. Well, he did a good job as far as this movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it wasn't the movie I was expecting but price was right and a good moviePublished 10 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 15 months ago by Marjorie Angelo
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 on February 13, 2014 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
If you like reckless & repugnant pederasts, passive-aggressive phonies or predators dressed up as politically correct do-gooders then this film is for you. Otherwise, skip it. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Dia
A confusing film. I wish that the story would have provided more information to understand why Elaine cheated. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Ira
Rather bizarre actions on the part of the characters - not sure how realistic it all is. I like Simon Baker but was not overly impressed with the movie.Published on May 16, 2013 by Jon
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