Ordinary Love movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This bland romantic drama follows marriage, loss and cancer. Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson star in Ordinary Love, a decent film for teens but with no original ideas.


Joan and Tom lead a happy life together as a long-married couple until Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Movie details

Director: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Cast: Lesley Manville, Liam Neeson, David Wilmot, Esh Alladi, Melanie Clark Pullen
Writer: Owen McCafferty
Release Date (Australia): 14 June 2020
Runtime: 92 minutes/1h 32m
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film contains mild themes of death, cancer and grief.

Coarse Language (G)

The film contains a single use of “bloody”.

Nudity (M)

The film contains brief depictions of a woman’s breasts.

Sex (M)

The film includes a brief sex scene.

mpaa rating

R (for brief sexuality/nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This drama realistically looks at emotions and distress between a married couple after the diagnosis of cancer, but Ordinary Love is ordinary; it’s plain and doesn’t provide anything new. It’s such a pity that a film with talented actors, beautiful shots and lifelike issues lands with a single idea we’ve seen many times before.

Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson are brilliant as a couple with the wife fighting breast cancer. Due to such realistically portrayed emotions, some of Ordinary Love’s moments will touch your heart and even draw tears from your eyes. And despite its cancer theme, the film focuses smoothly on a marriage.

Touching, emotional, logical and well-executed, many viewers will feel compelled in the story of this couple. However, this is an extremely plain and untouched concept that’s already been depicted in too many movies, of course without anything creative. It’s just cancer, arguing, death and that’s pretty much it.

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