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The Love Guide (2011)

Sunny Side Up (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 19 June 2012 (USA)
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A comedy about a woman who saves her chicken farm and her family by agreeing to be the subject of a "reality show" with a celebrity Hollywood weight loss expert. Both women change and discover the true meaning of success.
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A chicken farmer from middle America wins a vacation for having the "Best Chicken". When Millie arrives at the new-age retreat, she meets lifestyle guru Angelica Lovecraft and her reality TV show producers. Before she knows it, she has accepted their lucrative offer and they arrive at her farm for a week of reality TV programming. While Millie is awfully excited about the show, her husband is much less enthusiastic, the producers are getting antsy and Angelica is getting dramatic. They're going to turn Millie's life, and her chicken farm, upside down. Written by napierslogs

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Worse characters and situations than even the reality show they're producing
30 September 2012 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Have you ever wanted to see an American hippie pretend that she's an Indian lifestyle guru hosting her own reality show and guiding gullible people stupider than herself? While I can't imagine anybody is actually looking to watch something like that, that is the premise of "The Love Guide". The "guru" is Angelica Lovecraft (Parker Posey) but she's not even the stupidest character. That honour goes to Millie (Kathryn Erbe).

Millie is a chicken farmer who has won a prize for Best Chicken, who knows what kind of award that is. She comes from a long line of chicken farmers but she doesn't seem to know any of the costs or requirements of running a sustainable farm. She thinks it would be a good idea to invite the reality show out to her farm. She does think that she will get money for it, but shouldn't she have some other kind of reason? But she doesn't think that much. She didn't even bother asking her husband what he thought about it. Cue the marital arguments that are somehow supposed to be funny.

The entire film is made shoddier than the worst made-for-TV movies, and unfortunately the acting isn't much better. Posey is way over-the-top as this irritating and manic hippie who actually believes she should be revered. Erbe must have been trying to match Posey's lunacy as Millie was all over the map with her responses to all the nonsense occurring around her (and caused by her).

"The Love Guide" puts ridiculous characters in an environment they apparently know nothing about, even though they should. The reality show producers think this is something that people in middle America want to see but nobody has a sense of humour so poorly refined that they could find this funny.

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