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A Lot Like Love (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  22 April 2005 (USA)
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On a flight from Los Angeles to New York, Oliver and Emily make a connection, only to decide that they are poorly suited to be together. Over the next seven years, however, they are ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Birdie M. Hale ...
Old Woman
Graham Martin (as Ty Giordano)
Carol Martin
Theresa Spruill ...
Street Vendor
Brent Friehl


On a flight from Los Angeles to New York, Oliver and Emily make a connection, only to decide that they are poorly suited to be together. Over the next seven years, however, they are reunited time and time again, they go from being acquaintances to close friends to ... lovers? Written by IMDb Editors

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There's nothing better than a great romance... to ruin a perfectly good friendship.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muy parecido al amor  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,576,593 (USA) (22 April 2005)


$1,199,820 (Brazil) (19 August 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Birdie M. Hale, who was more than 90 years old during production of "A Lot Like Love" (2005), played the role of an old woman with a singular line ("Would you like to sit next to your girlfriend?") on a New York subway train early in the film. She had a very similar role as an elderly passenger on a New York subway train - also encouraging the two protagonists to get together - at the end of Coming to America (1988). See more »


In the Chinese restaurant scene, the girl gets her food and it appears to be a full plate. The camera cuts away and then back to her and seconds later the food is nearly gone. See more »


Oliver Martin: My brother's deaf, Em. I can go days without talking.
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References The Butterfly Effect (2004) See more »


Brighter Than Sunshine
Written by Matt Hales (as Matthew Hales), Kim Oliver, Ben Hales (as Benjamin Hales)
Performed by Matt Hales
Courtesy of Slightly Bigger/Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
Courtesy of B-Unique Records
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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Reel Love: a Lot Like Real Life
14 May 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Perhaps this film won't inspire the twenty-something folks at whom it was marketed. They might not appreciate its message, after all, when you're young, life stretches out before you like an eternity. But if you're over 30 and haven't found that perfect person to share your life with, it might really touch you...

This is the most romantic movie I have seen in years. As a regular armchair film critic who happens to love romantic comedies but finds the quality of most to be sorely lacking, I usually start to gnaw away at a film within the first five minutes. But A Lot Like Love immediately embarks on a tortuous journey of love's most confounding mileposts. The fireworks, the mystery, the seduction, the retreat... A guy who wants to get "all his ducks in a line," and a gal who deals with whatever happens to come her way, help each other loosen up their respective rigid perspectives on how life should be lived.

The chemistry between Oliver and Emily percolates over a span of nearly seven years but neither lets it come to a full boil lest it ruin their plans. Kutcher and Peet each deliver endearing performances and actually play against the urge to gratuitously combust making for just the right emotional veracity and sexual tension to keep it real. No "just add water" instant love here. These two take their time to fall into the soup.

This film is certainly easy to look at what with the hip modern beauty of both of its stars decorating every shot. The fly-on-the-wall perspective of watching these two people awkwardly and trepidaciously flirt with what might be, kept my attention rapt, and experiencing it in the moment, I can honestly say that I did not know what was going to happen next.

If anyone has ever had that "friend" that you've know for years, you know you have feelings for them, appreciate their loyalty, and take their bad with their good (because after all, you're "just friends"), but have spent years keeping an eye out for something better, or just not taken that "next step" because of geography, peer-pressure, or fear of rejection, you will appreciate the honesty and sentiment of this story.

You'll definitely get a refresher course in the fact that life is indeed short and a lot can happen when you're not paying attention. Enjoy every moment you can, and take some risks or you'll be looking back on an awful lot of regret. A Lot Like Love is funny and sad, playful and poignant, and was over before I wanted it to be. For me, this movie is a lot like life.

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