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Love the Hard Way (2001)

The story of a petty thief who meets an innocent young woman and brings her into his world of crime while she teaches him the lessons of enjoying life and being loved.

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Jack Grace
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Claire Harrison
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Charlie
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Jeff
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Pam
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Sue
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Debbie
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Fitzgerald
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Boris
Michael G. Chin ...
Asian Businessman #1
Ben Wang ...
Asian Businessman #2
Huan Wang ...
Asian Businessman #3
Ned Stresen-Reuter ...
Brian
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The story of a petty thief who meets an innocent young woman and brings her into his world of crime while she teaches him the lessons of enjoying life and being loved.

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Drama | Crime | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »
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27 March 2003 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Amar al límite  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,721 (USA) (6 June 2003)

Gross:

$43,571 (USA) (11 July 2003)
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Jack: I've slept with more than 200 women.
Claire: [Laughs] 200? Well Will Chamberlin said he slept with 20,000, so that kinda makes you look like a punk.
Jack: You know something...You really have a dumb laugh.
Claire: Hey listen, just cause I'm talking to you doesn't mean that I'm on the market. I have a boyfriend.
Jack: Sure you do, He's probably one of those piss ant preppy motherfu**ers who sh**s his pants every time Daddy's check is a day late.
Claire: He loves me.
Jack: Oh he loves you...
Claire: I don't think that's anything you know about.
Jack: ...
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Written by Sabina Sciubba
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1 August 2003 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

Adrien Brody, will you marry me?

Proposals aside, once again, Brody proves why he deserved his Oscar (and that kiss from Halle Berry). He gives a beautiful, touching performance here as a charming, rakish, snakeskin-jacket-wearing con artist who falls in love with a girl from the right side of the tracks. Jack Grace is no ordinary sleazeball, though. He keeps a secret storage unit seperate from the apartment he shares with his partner-in-crime Charlie (Jon Seda), where he keeps first editions of classic novels (he has a penchant for Melville) and works on his own novel. In other words, he's exactly the kind of bad boy that would attract intellectual Claire (Charlotte Ayanna), a beautiful, unstable biology major at Columbia. Claire tells him she likes movies best that make her cry, and he does his best to oblige her, ultimately sending her on a self-destructive bender that makes him look like a good boy.

Brody carries this film, and the lovely Charlotte Ayanna is unfortunately not given nearly as much to work with. She spends most of her time alternating between trying to change him (we all know how well that works), and having hysterics, and then finally goes on to attempt to prove that she can exist in his world and take the kinds of risks that he gets off on. The romance between the two is not well-developed at the beginning, either, so though we see plenty in him that makes us believe she loves him, we don't see what has gone on between them. Brody, however, makes up the slack in the script with every shot of his wonderfully expressive eyes. He is the walking, talking answer to the question, "Why do good girls like bad boys?"

Unfortunately, this film only had a limited engagement at the Starz Film Center, and as far as I know, does not have any wider distribution. This is a shame, particularly after Brody's Oscar win this year, and I hope that this will change and that more people will get to see this movie and see one of the most talented actors of his generation in action.


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