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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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Liza Jessie Peterson ...
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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Storyline

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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Genres:

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)

Gross:

$43,571 (USA) (11 July 2003)
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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

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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Connections

References George Washington (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Moon Crush (Club Mix)
Performed by Me and the Other Guy
Produced by Didi Gutman and Rahj
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A Beautifully Realistic Love Story
11 May 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This is a must for every Adrien Brody fan out there. Despite the dismal reviews this little known movie received, this movie is a true gem. Set in New York, Adrien plays Jack, a streetsmart con man who with his partner,Charlie, played by John Seda, rip off foreign businessman. Their actress friends pretend to be hookers, and seduce the businessmen, then Jack and Charlie break in dressed as policemen and make a fake arrest. In private, Jack is hard at work writing a novel, and frequently visits a run down movie theater where he meets Claire, played by Charlotte Ayanna. Claire is a "good girl" graduate student who eagerly ignores warnings not to date Jack. Jack is drawn to her innocence, while she is drawn to his charms and cleverness. Their first date begins with a pleasent little dinner and ends with a night of steamy sex in Jack's bed. From here the relationship becomes doomed. As the police slowly close in on Jack and Charlie, Jack does everything possible to end the relationship with Claire, it is at this point that they both begin to self-distruct. Their self-distruction leads them down a path that becomes a serious dose of reality for Claire and Jack. It's a story of love, jealousy, sex, betrayal, crime, suicide, it's a realistic love story and a lesson of everything that should not happen in a relationship.

Adrien Brody is outstanding in this one, and Charlotte Ayanna is also good. This is truely one of Adrien's best.


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