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Love Is All You Need


Award winning director Susanne Bier's romantic comedy about having the courage to change your life for a second chance at love even when you think it's too late.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    74%
  • Audience Score
    60%

common sense

ON for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Older teens, adults can say "I do" to wedding dramedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love Is All You Need is a dramedy about love and marriage that mixes sadder moments with light ones. For a romcom of sorts, it takes on some heavy themes -- including mortality, death, infidelity, and sexual identity -- that are a better fit for older teens and adults. Some scenes feature partial nudity (a woman walks in on her husband in a sexually compromising position with his female colleague, and the colleague is naked from the waist down, with her rear end visible), opposite-sex and same-sex characters kiss, there's some drinking (including to drunkenness), and characters swear ("s--t," "damn," etc.) in both Danish and English.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Love Is All You Need portrays sex and relationships. Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these subjects.
  • Weddings seem to figure prominently in many movies; what it is about them that makes them great material? How is this movie similar to, and different from, other wedding movies? Does it perpetuate any stereotypes?
  • In what ways are the characters struggling with their gender roles and identities? Are they able to resolve their questions?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Rather than give her protagonists vivid interior lives, Bier defines them in relation to the satellite characters who circle them ...

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, May 3, 2013

Fresh: A lovely little lark with a good head on its shoulders.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, May 2, 2013

Fresh: It's the rare love story that avoids treacly sentimentality. Even rarer is a believable romantic comedy featuring middle-aged people that avoids jokes about sagging flesh and waning libidos.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, May 2, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

'Love Is All You Need'. Brosnan and Dyrholm turn in two great performances, but the screenplay makes weak choices in creating conflict. Brosnan and Dyrholm's characters are well fleshed out, and undergo a cliched, yet well acted arc. Then there are the extremely poorly written husband sister-in-law. There's nothing good about these two, and they seem there to move the story and character development of others along, doing so in a rather crude manner that made me cringe. This unevenness totally disappoints, and takes away from the film as a whole. Brosnan is a most pleasant surprise!

- c0up, Sunday, January 20, 2013

3 stars

Hairdresser Ida (Dyrholm) sports a blond wig, concealing the fact she has just come through chemo treatment for breast cancer, yet still awaits final results. She returns home to find her husband, Leif (Bodnia), cheating on her with a younger woman from his office. The couple's daughter, Astrid (Egelind), is about to be married in Italy, so they decide to travel there separately. At the airport, Ida crashes her car into that of Philip (Brosnan), a grumpy and misanthropic fruit magnate whose outlook is as bitter as the lemons he trades in. Philip just happens to be the father of the young man Ida's daughter is marrying. Reluctantly, Philip and Ida travel to Italy together. Once there, an unlikely romance blossoms between the two. Scandinavian cinema, and its TV, has become synonymous with gritty crime dramas in recent years. The romantic comedy isn't the first genre you associate with the region, particularly Denmark, the home of such controversy courting directors as Lars Von Trier, Nicholas Winding Refn and Thomas Vinterberg. Indeed, Susanne Bier, the director of 'Love Is All You Need', is herself known for much heavier fare. The theme of coping with death runs through her work and is again present here, with Brosnan playing a man who becomes angry at the world following his wife's senseless death in a car accident. That's not to say this is a heavy movie, far from it, but it does contain a level of substance absent from the romantic comedies Hollywood churns out. For a start, our two leads are actually likable and worth rooting for. Dyrholm feels like an everyday middle-aged woman who's been dropped into a rom-com scenario. Brosnan's character is more of a movie archetype but he manages to make the role seem fresh. The Irishman is a very under-rated actor, possibly because he doesn't take himself too seriously, but he possesses a range he rarely receives credit for. In the over-looked 2006 western, 'Seraphim Falls' he delivered a stunning dramatic performance and here he shows just how good his comic timing is. Apart from a disappointingly predictable ending, 'LIAYN' is a charming rom-com aimed at middle-aged viewers but accessible to all but those too ignorant to read subtitles.

- moviewaffle, Monday, April 29, 2013

3 stars

Pierce Brosnan in a Danish film. How about them apples! Anyway, this was a decent movie. A little sappy. A lot predictable. The plot was kind of nutty. Really nothing earth shattering here.

- itsjustme2004, Sunday, November 3, 2013