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A Lot Like Love (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 April 2005 (USA)
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Unaquainted Emily and Oliver join the mile high club together on the way from LAX to NYC - end of story except they meet on and off the next 7 years. Are they meant for each other?

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Nigel Cole
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Peet ... Emily Friehl
Ashton Kutcher ... Oliver Martin
Taryn Manning ... Ellen Martin
Aimee Garcia ... Nicole
Lee Garlington ... Stewardess
Birdie M. Hale Birdie M. Hale ... Old Woman
Tyrone Giordano ... Graham Martin (as Ty Giordano)
Melissa van der Schyff ... Carol Martin
Theresa Spruill Theresa Spruill ... Street Vendor
James Read ... Brent Friehl
Molly Cheek ... Christine
Sarah Ann Morris ... Bartender
Gabriel Mann ... Peter
Kathryn Hahn ... Michelle
Ali Larter ... Gina
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Storyline

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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muy parecido al amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,576,593, 24 April 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,835,784, 4 July 2005
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

Goofs

During the New Year's Eve party, the location of the large tattoo on the back of Emily's left shoulder changes position by at least a few inches from shot to shot while she's sitting facing the bar and later when she's dancing with Oliver. See more »

Quotes

Graham Martin: [pointing to his son] You should get one.
Oliver Martin: That was the plan. Instead I'm almost 30, unemployed, and living with mom and dad.
Graham Martin: Oliver. This is your life. Right now. It doesn't wait for you to get back on your feet.
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Hands of Time
Written by Richie Havens, Andrew Cato (as Andrew Cocup), Tom Findlay (as Thomas Charles Findlay)
Performed by Groove Armada
Courtesy of Jive UK
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Reel Love: a Lot Like Real Life
14 May 2005 | by Half_the_AudienceSee 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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