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When good people do bad things. See more »
Plot:
Living among fusty academics, an unusual young man gets between a high school history teacher and his wife. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Even as an obscure independent film, it's overrated. (spoilers) See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Frances O'Connor ... Elaine Walker

Simon Baker ... David Walker

Gregory Smith ... Chet Becker

Bryce Dallas Howard ... Heather

Joanna Adler ... Melissa (as Joanna P. Adler)

Sabrina Grdevich ... Lilian

Ari Graynor ... Naomi
Beth MacDonald ... Yoga Instructor
Brett Tabor ... Coach

Van Hughes ... Swimmer #1
C.J. Aker ... Swimmer #2 (as CJ Aker)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherie Melby ... Swim Team Supporter

EJ Scalzi ... Bartender / Waiter

Brendan Bradley ... Swimmer (uncredited)
Tiana Idoni-Matthews ... Student (uncredited)

Michael Justice ... Swim Team (uncredited)

Stephen Pollak ... Swimmer #3 (uncredited)
Maria Verbanac ... Catholic School Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Brown 
 
Writing credits
Alan Brown (written by)

Produced by
Robert Ahrens .... producer
Mickey Liddell .... executive producer
Michael Romero .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Stewart Wallace 
 
Cinematography by
William Rexer (director of photography) (as William Rexer II)
 
Film Editing by
Trevor Ristow 
 
Casting by
Ellen Parks 
 
Production Design by
Kelly McGehee 
 
Art Direction by
Tommaso Ortino 
Jae Song 
 
Costume Design by
Marie Abma 
 
Makeup Department
Annick Chartier .... key makeup artist
Wayne Herndon .... key hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Fiorelli .... second assistant director
Kurt Lustgarten .... second second assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... assistant director (as Michael Moffa)
 
Art Department
Daba Briggs .... assistant set dresser
Anna Butwell .... set dresser
Carey Garris .... assistant to art director
Abe Kemmis .... property master (as Abraham Kemmis)
Anita LaScala .... lead scenic
Patrick McGowan .... construction coordinator
Maura Naughton .... set art director
Helen Noble .... shopper
Juan Sanchez .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Kevin Bowe .... boom operator
Damian Canelos .... sound mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Lukasz Janik .... boom operator
Nicholas Montgomery .... sound editor
John Moros .... assistant sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Abigail Savage .... sound designer
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Steve Smith)
Michael J. Fox .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Daniel Tripoli .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Miller .... flame artist
Jim Montague .... smoke artist
Joe Zito .... smoke artist
 
Visual Effects by
John Miller .... flame artist
 
Stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Heath Allen .... additional grip
Sebastián Almeida .... additional assistant camera (as Sebastian Almeida)
Jean Michel Alperin .... additional electrician
Ethan Borsuk .... additional assistant camera
James Casey .... additional electrician
John D'Agostino .... still photographer
Marcello Duarte .... first assistant camera (as Marcelo Duarte)
Peter Fackler .... swing
Peter Fackler .... third electrician
Avra Fox-Lerner .... additional grip
Jonathan Furmanski .... additional camera operator
Lisa Marie Gleeson .... additional electrician
Lisa-Marie Gleeson .... additional electrician (as Lisa Marie Gleeson)
Amy Hall .... best boy electric
Milly Itzhak .... additional assistant camera
Mark Koenig .... additional electrician
Dan Kubicek .... additional electrician
Marcus Lehmann .... additional electrician
Bryan Lett .... best boy grip (as Brian Lett)
Dereck McCaine .... additional camera operator
Jeff Panessa .... key grip
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... additional grip (as Mike Prisco)
Chris Reynolds .... second assistant camera
Namik Sanil .... swing
Namik Sanil .... third electrician
Matt Schuman .... additional grip
Randy Schwartz .... additional assistant camera
Ken Shibata .... gaffer
Allen Zellman .... additional grip
 
Casting Department
Beverly Stoneking .... casting assistant: Ellen Parks
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Bradshaw .... assistant costume designer (as Amy C. Bradshaw)
Amy R. Burt .... wardrobe supervisor (as Amy Burt)
Colleen McTigue .... wardrobe intern
 
Editorial Department
Carlos Rodriguez .... colorist
Luna Shyr .... assistant editor
Scot Starbuck .... colorist: dailies
 
Music Department
Richard Craig .... musician: saxes
Christian Forshaw .... musician: saxes
Bradley Grant .... musician: saxes
Dan Greeson .... musician: percussion
Joe Guthrie .... music supervisor
James Poke .... artistic director: music group Icebreaker
James Poke .... musician: flutes, pan-pipes
Audrey Riley .... musician: cello
Dominic Saunders .... musician: keyboards
Rowland Sutherland .... musician: flutes, pan-pipes
Ian Watson .... musician: accordion
Emma Welton .... musician: violin
Pete Wilson .... musician: bass guitar
James Woodrow .... musician: guitar
Andrew Zolinsky .... musician: keybopards
 
Transportation Department
Chris Ryan .... driver
Dave Satkowski .... driver
 
Other crew
Frederick P. Bimbler .... legal services: Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Shepperd (as Frederick Bimbler)
Andrew Brotzman .... assistant to director
Rory Celentano .... location manager
Natasha Chuk .... assistant to producer
Mark Andrew Clark .... acquisitions executive
Valerie Clayman Pye .... dialect coach
Debra Delibro .... production intern
Eve Dilworth .... office production assistant
Scott Ferlisi .... assistant location manager
Charlotte Fleck .... dialect consultant
Gary Giudice .... location scout
Bruce Hall .... additional production assistant
Charlynne J. Hopson .... location scout (as Charlynne Hopson)
Keith Krinsky .... location scout
Andrea Leoncavallo .... assistant location manager
Louise Lovegrove .... key production assistant
Anthony McDermond .... key production assistant
Anthony Monticello .... production intern
Gloria Pichhadze .... script supervisor
Jonathan Rubenstein .... additional production assistant
Tim Sanderson .... additional production assistant
Robert L. Seigel .... legal services: Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Shepperd
Steve Shapiro .... set production assistant (as Steven Shapiro)
Sascha Springer .... location scout
José Tejada .... overnight security (as Jose Tejada)
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Angela Victor .... production coordinator
John White .... office production assistant
Nils Widboom .... location scout
Francie Brown .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Steve Shapiro .... web site designer (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for sexual content and language
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USA:83 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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Elaine Walker:[singing for David] The book of love is long and boring, no one can lift the damn thing. It's full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing. But I love it when you read to me, and you can read me anything. The book of love is long and boring, and written very long ago. It's full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes and things we're all too young to know. But I love it when you give me things, and you ought to give me wedding rings.See more »
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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Even as an obscure independent film, it's overrated. (spoilers), 12 August 2005
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

I was certainly surprised to see that so many IMDb reviews had given high ratings for this film. Personally, aside from the effectiveness of the feeling you get as you become involved with the characters (see below), I thought that the characters themselves were either annoying or completely stupid and that the movie itself, overall, lacked any novelty and really enough substance that, at least for me, would have me holding it in such high regard.

'Book of Love,' if nothing else certainly brings out the awkwardness of a couple distraught by one's extramarital affair (even if only brief). Do they just pretend nothing happened? Or, even if they try to deal with the situation, there is always that little reminder in the back of their heads that this person has slept with someone else...can they really be trusted anymore? 'Book of Love' at least does this much effectively, allowing us the vicarious uneasy feeling that at least the married couple seem to endure after the affairs is made known. As for everything else, however, the situation is neither knew and there is relatively little substance to deal with (which may explain why we stroll through scenes habitual nonsense like those of Simon Baker urinating or some moments with Gregory Smith).

This is the story of a young couple (Frances O'Connor and Simon Baker) who befriend a fifteen-year old kid from the neighborhood (Gregory Smith). The story is simple: the wife, not at all seductive in the way we may picture a voluptuous Mrs. Robinson type, has an affair with the boy. There is relatively little to suggest that there was any kind of rift between O'Conner and Baker's character from the beginning, so what reason she may have for submitting to the boy (other than oddly being aroused by his skinny body one afternoon in the ice cream shop), she has an affair with him. She later admits this to her husband and the rest of the movie is the three of these people trying to restore things to some kind of normalcy that existed before the mess happened.

But, there is too much unbelievability and not enough sound reason, for the affair to have happened in the first place. Was she just bored? Stupid? And really, what the hell did she think was going to happen when she told her husband? And, why was Gregory Smith's character all of a sudden aware that he'd done something wrong only when the wife tells him that she confessed to her husband? How idiotic.

And then, in that sort of 'Dreamers' or 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' way, to throw this story into a parallel with bits of history about the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia (Baker's character is a history teacher at an all-girls school).

Nonetheless, the rest of the film is these three characters existing in a very strange relationship, probably with Baker's being the most permanently removed, Gregory Smith being the one to pretend that nothing happened and that everything will probably be okay (or at least have the presence of such), while the wife seems to be mad at the husband for forcing the three of them together again and throwing it in her face.

There isn't a whole lot there. None of the characters are all that interesting and in the end, I came away from it with an almost indifference for the story and characters. What's the big deal? And yet, while some did criticize this film as being the worst that Sundance had to offer that year (I would agree), many did praise it. To my fellow IMDb reviewers: it is not sacrilegious to admit that an Indie film (even one from Sundance) is not great. Not even good. This one included.

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