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Book of Love (2004)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  18 January 2004 (USA)
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Living among fusty academics, an unusual young man gets between a high school history teacher and his wife.

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A young couple, Elaine Walker and David Walker, meet a lonely 15-year-old named Chet Becker in an ice-cream shop, and they become friends. Chet has a crush on Elaine and they have a one-night stand. Elaine tells about her infidelity to David, and their life is affected by the affair. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Elaine Walker: [after Chet has kissed Elaine] DAVID! No I won't... DAVID! God nothing wakes him when he's been drinking... not the telephone, earthquakes, car alarm, thunder, fire engines at 3 AM...
Chet Becker: When I was a little boy, I couldn't fall asleep unless my mom had said "goodnight" an even number of times... twice "goodnight goodnight" or four times "goodnight goodnight goodnight goodnight". Sometimes as a joke, my dad would throw an extra one in and my mom would have to say "goodnight" again to even it out.
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Entertaining character study, but a flawed one.
21 August 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

First things first. So far this film has about an average vote of 3.5/10 stars on IMDb, which I think is kind of surprising, because it's not that bad. I expected about a 5 or 6 rating. Yes, it's muddled and kind of pointless at times, and the ending is pretentiously ambiguous. But as a character study -- despite it's flaws -- it is a rather effective one that manages to explore the love triangle between two older people and a younger teenager.

The movie's casual treatment of sexuality involving adults and a 15-year-old is kind of disturbing at first, but kudos to Alan Brown (director and writer) for getting away with it. He handles it right - it never nears exploitation - and as a result the story doesn't seem cheap and tacky like "Intimacy." However my problems lie with the script itself. It's got too many repetitive moments and some scenes are kind of wandering and make you say, "Huh?" The performances are alright. The only actor I recognized in the cast was Gregory Smith ("Small Soldiers"), playing a fifteen-year-old, which is kind of silly because he looks about 20 (at the least). I suppose they had problems with younger casting because of the love scenes between the leads.

Essentially the story centers around three people in a small town - a 30-something high school teacher, his wife, and a local kid - and how their friendship soon turns into something else. The kid has an affair with the wife, the husband finds out, and hatred forms.

It's an interesting movie because it's daring and different, but it has its flaws - a stronger script, better cast and more responsible and experienced director would result in a much better picture.


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