Trailer: Stuck in Love

Greg Kinnear, wither have you been these past few years? Was The Kennedys show well received? Either way, it is good to have you back, even if this movie, Stuck in Love, looks rather vanilla. Maybe the trailer is misleading. Maybe the multi-generational tale of love, loss, casual sex and gentle stalking will be a good one? It came and went at last years TIFF with nary a whisper; albeit it was called “Writers,” then. Did the Bottle Shock crowd embrace it at the festival and not tell me? Either way: Jennifer Connolly, Lily Collins and Kristen Bell co-star.

Three years past his divorce, veteran novelist Bill Borgens can’t stop obsessing over, let alone spying on, his ex-wife Erica, who ignominiously left him for another man. Even as his neighbor-with-benefits, Tricia tries to push him back into the dating pool, he remains blind to anyone else’s charms. Meanwhile, his fiercely independent collegiate daughter Samantha is publishing her first novel while recoiling at the very thought of first love with a diehard romantic; and his teen son Rusty is trying to find his voice, both as a fantasy writer and as the unexpected boyfriend of a dream girl with unsettlingly real problems. As each of these situations mounts into a tangled trio of romantic holiday crises, it brings the Borgens to surprising revelations about how endings become beginnings.

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