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  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
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4 out of 5

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

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

3 stars

Interesting to see Common doing something a little different but some plot points were just ridiculous, the little kid has potential as an actor though. Overall, not bad.

- fb538065424, Saturday, April 6, 2013

2 stars

Interesting at times but never fully engaging, Sheldon Candis' tale of family, legacy, and the fantasy of upward mobility is uneven at best. With solid performances from veterans Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, and Michal Kenneth Williams LUV keeps your interest enough to keep you watching its unjustified 95 minute run time. Unfortunately Common isn't charismatic enough as Vincent to make you sympathetic for his cause. The most sympathetic character is Woody, played in a promising turn by Michael Rainey Jr. Ultimately LUV has a bloated script that meanders from a coherent storyline, and doesn't have enough enjoyable characters to keep you interested. Despite having some solid performances and a few good moments, most viewers will not be patient enough to enjoy LUV, and any critical viewer will be cynical about the film's typical ending. LUV has its merits, but not enough to earn any real luv (sorry). For more movie reviews visit:

- fb704666045, Monday, April 8, 2013