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  • Rated R


An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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Gritty drama follows young boy exposed to violence, drugs.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that LUV is a gritty drama that follows a young boy who spends the day tagging along with his fresh-out-of-prison uncle, who's at risk of being pulled back into the underworld. The boy is exposed to several violent encounters with drug dealers and is repeatedly threatened at gunpoint, all of which can be very distressing to watch. Expect plenty of additional violence and rough language (including "f--k" and the "N" word), as well as some drinking and drug content/references.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how LUV depicts Woody and Vincent's day. Do their experiences and the people they meet seem realistic? Do you think things like this happen in real life?
  • What is Vincent trying to teach Woody during the film? Do you think these are appropriate lessons for a young boy?
  • Talk about Vincent's choices. Why do you think he went to prison, and what is he trying to accomplish now?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 17
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It does not entirely succeed, but at its best "Luv" shows the kind of heart and intelligence that is always welcome - and often missing - in American movies.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fresh: Both for good and for ill, "LUV" has a film-school feeling about it, and channels a legacy of fatalistic American crime cinema that includes "Mean Streets" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fresh: his contains plenty of incidental pleasures, including some vibrant images of contemporary Baltimore and fun character turns from Charles S. Dutton, Danny Glover, and Dennis Haysbert.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Thursday, January 17, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Follow your hero. Or become your own man. Good Film! The film does a formidable job in demonstrating that no matter what you do or how much you may want to change, the past always has a way of catching up with you. The star power in this film immediately captured my attention. Scene upon scene brought a new recognizable well established actor on screen, which is so atypical when viewing Indie films. The film LUV is a fictionalized account of actual events that occurred in the writer director Sheldon Candis' life as he spent time with his uncle. There are some moments here that make you wonder why this kid is being dragged into all these situations, but as everything unfolds you realize it is part of what makes him grow as a man, whether they are good or bad. This was one of those movies that really delivered a surprising finished product to something that didn't offer a huge appeal other than the cast. It's these kinds of movies that remind you how to love film. It's not one of the best around, but there is passion and depth to this film filled with a cast that clearly did this for the love of the project and it shows in the finished product. Go see it! An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the ex-convict uncle he idolizes.

- MANUGINO, Thursday, April 18, 2013

3 stars

A day in the life of this Baltimore kid couldn't get more interesting as his haunted uncle tries to get his business straight.

- eabaskervill, Sunday, May 5, 2013

4 stars

Finally! a leading role for Common! Ive been a huge fan for so long, but always complained how he got these small throwaway roles, but not here, hes front and center and in practically every scene, and im glad to say hes up to the task, i hope this is the first of many such roles, also equal praise goes to the little kid, hes great here, never annoying, not dumb, i wish all little kids acted like that, the rest of the cast is just a whos who of good black actors, haysbery, dutton, glover, and all are solid, also cool to see them shoot as much in a city, i love real locations in movies, and people in baltimore got to love how they use it, good stuff

- danielsloyan1, Monday, September 16, 2013