Love the Hard Way (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Crime, Romance  |  27 March 2003 (Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Grace
Claire Harrison
Liza Jessie Peterson ...
Michael G. Chin ...
Asian Businessman #1
Ben Wang ...
Asian Businessman #2
Huan Wang ...
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Ned Stresen-Reuter ...


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »





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Release Date:

27 March 2003 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Amar al límite  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$43,571 (USA) (11 July 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Jack: I thought I was disconnected from everything, for a long time I'd been leading an unstable, risky life. I'd hung out with all sorts of people, nothing could shock me anymore. I was not impressed by the unexpected, I'd always been able to handle it. That night however, when I saw Claire again, I just fell to pieces. I thought I'd managed to forget her, I'd overcome the pain and remorse which made me want to see her again.
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Love is a four-letter word...
1 August 2003 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

Adrien Brody, will you marry me??

Ok, proposals aside, I think I'll be thinking about this movie for a while. Adrien Brody is fabulous, and I can't understand why this film hasn't been picked up for wider distribution post-Oscar. As a slick New York con artist who falls for a college girl, he is the answer to the question, "Why do all girls like bad boys?" I think I've lived this story--not quite to the depths that Claire sinks to, but certainly felt like that before. The weak points of the film are that the beginning of their romance is glossed over...we see them meet twice, and suddenly she's in love and won't leave him alone? Also, Brody is fabulous, wonderful, and his character is developed to the point where we understand why she'd be in love with him, but she is rather one-dimensional. Still, I wish I'd caught this movie before the end of its far-too-short run at my local theater, and I encourage anyone who has the chance to go see it to see it.

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