A movie with a generic, RomCom-friendly title like Stuck in Love? A must-see for horror fans? Sure.

I'm not going to stand on this soapbox and proclaim Stuck in Love to be the best movie of 2013. Blue Jasmine holds that position, and I can't see anything replacing it in the next month-and-a-half. Nor is it my favorite of the year. I'd have to go with The Way, Way Back for that.

Stuck in Love is a good movie, though. It may be a little predictable, but its sincerity, smart dialogue, and all-around good performances make it well worth watching.

There are a few other reasons to watch this one.

For one thing, I'm pretty sure it's the only studio movie to date that has a Cemetery Dance book in it.

Stuck in Love is the story of a family of writers. Greg Kinnear is the divorced father of two young adults. He is a successful novelist, but he cannot get over his divorce. The oldest child is his daughter, who just sold her debut novel to Scribners. The youngest is a teenage boy trying to find his own literary voice.

The girl fancies herself a realist, and rejects the notion of love. Instead, she seeks experience and sensation without commitment. The boy is a hopeless romantic, and therefor is lonely and awkward. Changes are in store for both of them, as well as the father, who needs to take steps to move along with his stagnant life.

The beautiful Jennifer Connelly is the ex wife, and Kristen Bell has a fluffy role as Kinnear's NSA (No Strings Attached, in modern datespeak) gal pal. Logan Lerman, who was so good in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, plays a love interest of the daughter.

What really makes this cool for us is how the son is a big Stephen King fan. King is discussed in Stuck in Love, and the deluxe CD edition of It makes a cameo appearance. King himself sneaks into the movie in an odd way.

Stuck in Love was written and directed by Josh Boone, and it is his first movie. It's a strong debut and I expect to see great things from him in the future. These things tend to be false rumors, but he is supposedly on tap to direct an adaptation of King's Lisey's Story. I was not a big fan of that book, but if Stuck in Love is any indication of Boone's talent, he is a good choice for the movie.

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