Specifics
USA [1970] - 100m
Genre
Drama, Romance
Directed by
Arthur Hiller
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Love Story poster

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May 18, 2022

1.0*/5.0*

An American classic (apparently, even though I hadn't heard about this film before). Not all that hard to see why that is, Love Story is a piece of schmaltz that didn't really stand the test of time. I'm not a big fan of the film's setup regardless, but when the execution feels so terribly forced, it's pretty much impossible to make a romance/drama like this work.

Jenny and Oliver meet each other at college. They come from very different backgrounds, still they fall in love with each other and decide to get married. Oliver's parents aren't really on board with their marriage, but the two go through with it anyway. When they finally get their shot at happiness, Jenny finds out she is very ill.

There's very little chemistry between the leads and the relationship between them never feels genuine. The music is a bit kitsch, the drama is rather cheap, and the finale is overly sentimental. It's just not a very good film, and I've seen this story done much better since. Undeserving of its status.