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LUV (2013)

LUV

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

January 18, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

95 min.

Studio

Indomina Entertainment

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Sheldon Candis

Producer

Jason Michael Berman, Gordon Bijelonic, Common, Derek Dudle, W. Michael Jenson, Joel Newton

Screenwriter

Sheldon Candis, Justin Wilson

Starring

Story


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 featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future. Soon Vincent finds himself pulled back into the violent world he is trying to escape - and Woody has to decide whether to follow his hero- or become his own man.

Pictures (12 photos)


Michael Rainey Jr. stars as Woody and Common stars as Uncle Vincent in Indomina Entertainment's LUV (2012)
Michael Rainey Jr. stars as Woody in Indomina Entertainment's LUV (2012)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..although Common and Rainey make a well-matched duo, their chemistry is frequently squandered by a script (co-written by director Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson) that boxes them into impossible roles in one cliched scene after another..”
by Melissa Anderson [Village Voice]
“..the writing fails, though, Candis' work with actors...is solid..”
by Robert Abele [LA Times]
“..heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure..”
by Robert Koehler [Variety]