Netflix Pick of the Week: Love Story

Love Story 1970
Love Story 1970

Director: Arthur Hiller

Starring: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal and Ray Milland

Genre: Romantic Comedy Drama

Spoiler Alert!

If I had a list of movies I never thought I would ever enjoy then Love Story would be at the top of that list. Films in the category of Love Story tend to be guilty pleasures for me. I watch them only ever so often and I am very picky with the ones I like. My first official night or was it my second, was spent on the couch. I was scrolling through Netflix and nothing caught my eye. Then there it was, Love Story. I decided to give it a watch, after all I spent enough time raging on it over the years I should at least give it a shot. I started it, popped me some popcorn and got cozy on the couch. I was pleased with its sense of humor and enjoyed the female lead played by Ali MacGraw. I heard through the trivia area on IMDB that some people were not found of the language. I was surprised to find that out because the part that I didn’t like was the infamous line, spoken twice in the film. Other than that I was quite pleased with what I saw.

Ali MacGraw’s, Jennifer Cavalleir is a working class girl, a polar opposite to her billionaire heir boyfriend Oliver Barrett IV played by Ryan O’Neal. The roman numerals should give that away. Her dirty mouth and lovable insults made me love her. After all this was the seventies and even though women were making leaps and bounds it was still hard to find women who talked like a sailor. I enjoyed the relationship between Jennifer and Oliver. The working class girl and the preppy as she often called him. Tommy Lee Jones makes his feature debut in Love Story and Screen Legend Ray Milland plays Oliver Barrett 111.

Now we know where this one is going. After an hour of laughs we can’t expect to stay happy forever. I mean they have been through so much and have came out on top how could they possibly stay happy? Well you won’t be disappointed if you expected a sad ending. Jennifer dies of leukemia and with this comes the line that makes we around to pull out my tongue “Love means never having to say your sorry.” Yes it does. It means having to say you are sorry and sorry again. I think I get where they were going with the line it just didn’t sound like that to me. Maybe I am wrong but other than that line I was very pleased with the characters and the story line.

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