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Love The Coopers Movie Review

Reviewed by on Nov 18, 2015
Rating: 4 Star Rating

Love the Coopers is a antastic dramady about dysfunctional families and the holidays. Read and watch KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Mias movie review!

By Mia A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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Love The Coopers directed by Jessie Nelson is a holiday comedy full of subplots that get many of the people in the audience laughing.  This movie is packed with big stars such as John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei and Amanda Seyfried.  

Amanda Seyfried as RubyAmanda Seyfried as RubyCourtesy of CBS Films

This movie is about an extended family, the Coopers who come together every Christmas and have a big family dinner party. It's about how their individual lives and how their family acts when they are together.  

My two favorite characters are Joe and Eleanor, played by Jake Lacy and Olivia Wilde, because they have great chemistry together and I kept rooting for them to finally become a couple. Their story provides the most humor and is the strongest subplot in the whole movie. Their scenes are hilarious and made me really believe they should be a couple.

Olivia Wilde as EleanorOlivia Wilde as EleanorCourtesy of CBS Films

There are many great actors in Love The Coopers, and there are some flaws. Charlotte and Emma are supposed to be sisters with negative history and competition, but the age difference between Diane Keaton and Marisi Tomei (who play them) is too great to be believable. It doesn’t make sense. Also, I was disappointed that some of the big stars aren’t used to their full potential. For example, Amanda Seyfried, a great actress from Mamma Mia isn’t in a lot of scenes and Steve Martin is used only as the narrator. This left me wanting more.

I found the plot and characters a little hard to follow in the very beginning.  It’s difficult to know who is who because they switch back-and-forth from different family members without telling us who they are.

Every set and scene reminds us that it is Christmas, including the funny, the good and the bad aspects.  It gently pokes fun of holiday traditions and made me wonder about some of my own.

Diane Keaton as Charlotte, and John Goodman as SamDiane Keaton as Charlotte, and John Goodman as SamCourtesy of CBS Films

I rate Love the Coopers 4 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed the clever writing, but I didn’t really relate to the sisters or to some of the inappropriate humor.  

Film Critic Mia A.Film Critic Mia A.Courtesy of KIDS FIRST!

I recommend it to ages 12 to 18 because there is some extreme kissing and inappropriate public behavior. They also say tell some religious jokes about Christians and they use some mild profanity. This film is in theaters now so, go check it out.

Love the Coopers Movie Rating: 4

Love The Coopers Movie PosterLove The Coopers Movie PosterCourtesy of CBS Films

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