Hallmark is always a reliable source for good movies that usually leave me feeling relaxed, and sometimes even revived after a long day of work and stress. I know I never have to worry about nudity, excessive foul language, or extreme violence when I turn on the Hallmark channel.
In a time when movies seem to compete to see which one can be the most extreme, I am most appreciative of a reliable source of mild, lighthearted entertainment that is never embarrassing to watch regardless of whether I am alone, in mixed company, or with my children and parents.
Love's Complicated Movie Synopsis
It is easy to like the mild mannered, considerate & compliant Leah in Love's Complicated. She is the type of person we all enjoy being around. She rarely, if ever, complains, she does not engage in debates or challenging opinions, she simply goes along happily with whatever others in her life dictate. Leah doesn't really intend to be a doormat for others, she just doesn't like confrontation.
Love's ComplicatedWhen her boyfriend of 2 years enrolls her in a conflict management class, she doesn't understand why she would need to be there, especially when she finds out he is not attending the group with her. Of course, it makes her mad and confused, but she decides to comply with his wishes and attend the sessions. However, in an unexpected turn of events, she comes face to face with the most annoying people she has ever met. After all, it was Cinco Dublin who criticized her published book on his radio show, stating that "although well written, Ms. Townsend's safe, Leave it to Beaver take on her childhood, leaves me wanting nothing more from this author, ever." It is clear from the beginning that Leah has built up resentment toward Cinco and the conflict management class gives her the perfect opportunity to unleash her pent-up emotions.
The verbal exchanges between Leah and Cinco are revealing about both of their personalities and are often humorous. They might not be funny to me if I was one of the participates in the conversations, but listening to them made me laugh several times.
When Leah accepted an unwanted proposal of marriage from her boyfriend, just because she wanted to comply with his desires, and her parents wishes, she finally realizes that she must learn to confront real issues. Otherwise, she will end up in an unhappy marriage and always letting someone else dictate her life. At that point, the need for the conflict management classes becomes apparent to Leah.
Additional Thoughts About the Movie, Love's Complicated
While I very much enjoyed this movie and watching a romantic relationship develop, I found I was more intrigued by the concept that conflict management classes were also for people who needed to learn to express their anger, instead of keeping it inside. I've always thought those classes were for people who lashed out uncontrollably or without an obvious reason. Recognizing that some attendees might just need to learn how to express their feelings, was rather enlightening for me.
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