Love Stinks

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  • R
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 5.7  (5,520)
  • 23

Love Stinks is a romantic comedy film from 1999 that explores love and its complexities. The movie stars French Stewart as Seth Winnick, a successful television writer who falls head over heels for an attractive and charming woman, Chelsea Turner, played by Bridgette Wilson-Sampras. Despite the initial excitement, Seth’s relationship with Chelsea soon takes an unexpected turn and turns into a nightmare he can’t wake up from.

The film takes a comical approach towards relationships and the expectations we have of them. Seth jumps into his relationship with Chelsea without really knowing who she is, and as he begins to see her true colors, he’s horrified to discover how manipulative and self-centered she can be. Time and time again, she disappoints him by being dishonest and manipulative, but despite this, Seth keeps pursuing her in a desperate attempt to make his love story work out.

Seth’s best friend, Larry Garnett, played by Bill Bellamy, tries to help him see that Chelsea isn’t the right fit for him, but his warnings fall on deaf ears. As the audience watches Seth repeatedly try to make it work, they can’t help but feel frustrated for him. However, as the relationship progresses, and Seth has to go to more and more extremes to keep her happy, it becomes clear that Chelsea is playing him for her own gain.

The movie is directed by Jeff Franklin, and his comedy background is evident throughout the film. The humor is often raunchy, and the situations are exaggerated to create laughs. The film has been described as a “dark romantic comedy” with elements of slapstick humor and witty dialogue. The performances from the actors are also top-notch, with French Stewart portraying Seth’s descent into madness with precision.

Love Stinks explores the idea of love from a different perspective. While most romantic comedies explore the thrill of falling in love and the happy-ever-after, this film takes a much more cynical view. Love is portrayed as a trap, something that can end up ruining lives and leaving a trail of destruction. Through the experiences of Seth, the film shows us that love isn’t always a R-rated romantic comedy with a picturesque ending.

There are some scenes in the movie that are cringe-worthy, but that's intentional. It’s meant to show how desperate Seth is to make his relationship work, even as Chelsea keeps disappointing him again and again. The comedy is often dark, and it’s quite clear that the movie is not meant to be taken too seriously.

Overall, Love Stinks is a fun movie that explores the complex idea of love and its many facets. With its witty dialogue, excellent performances, and slapstick humor, it’s the perfect movie for anyone tired of sappy, cheesy romance films and looking for something a little more cynical. It's a hilarious movie that will bring the viewer closer to the real humor that lies in complicated romantic relationships.

Love Stinks is a 1999 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7 and a MetaScore of 23.

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    5.7  (5,520)
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