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Book of Love (2004)

Living among fusty academics, an unusual young man gets between a high school history teacher and his wife.


Alan Brown


Alan Brown

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Credited cast:
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 Beth MacDonald ... Yoga Instructor
Brett Tabor Brett Tabor ... Coach
Van Hughes ... Swimmer #1
C.J. Aker C.J. Aker ... Swimmer #2 (as CJ Aker)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherie Melby Sherie Melby ... Swim Team Supporter
EJ Scalzi ... Bartender / Waiter


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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Now a marriage will be tested. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nights in Phnom Penh See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA See more »

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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.
Elaine Walker: ...
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Forbidden Romance
10 January 2006 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

A young married couple befriends a lonely teenage boy in an ice cream shop. As the friendship blossoms, romantic feelings develop between the wife and the boy. It's a provocative story with contemporary relevance. Withy a backdrop of New Age philosophy "Book Of Love" explores the impact of this unsettling romance on the three individuals.

The acting of the three leads is fine. But the screenplay is thin. Even with a runtime of just 83 minutes, there's just not that much substance. Director Alan Brown tries to draw a parallel between the wife's mistakes in judgment and the mistakes of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, a parallel that seems contrived at best. Further, the wife's involvement with the boy lacks a motivational basis, given her current marriage. And her behavior seems way too casual to be credible.

Nominated for an award at the Sundance Film Festival, "Book Of Love" at least tries to do something daring. It is low-key, and not at all exploitative. The background music is interesting. And, as a low budget film, the production values are credible. On the other hand, the script probably does not have enough conflict or plot complication to engage most viewers. The story seems too direct and too linear to be compelling.

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