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Love the Hard Way2003

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  • 3.3
On the heels of his Academy Award® triumph, Best Actor Oscar® winner Adrien Brody is electrifying as Jack, a dark hearted, smooth operating con-man with a poet's soul. By night, Jack and his partner Charlie (Jon Seda) masquerade as vice cops to pull risky scams on Manhattan tourists. By day, Jack secretly crafts a pulp novel culled from the experiences and emotions that define his shady life. But Jack's streetwise strut and snakeskin jacket charm prove no match for Claire (Charlotte Ayanna), a beautiful, straight-laced grad student who sees through Jack's lone wolf exterior to the vulnerable, volatile man within. Helpless in the face of Jack's charisma, Claire finds herself drawn into his secret world of back alley shadows and seedy hotel rooms, spiraling into a muted whirlpool of true love, false loyalty and whispered lies that could claim more than just Claire's heart. With Jack barely a step ahead of 1970s blaxploitation icon Pam Grier's Det. Linda Fox, the couple's modern fairytale romance threatens to careen into an all too real tough-luck nightmare of self-destructive obsession and degradation. A hard-hitting but exquisitely tender love story from German director Peter Sehr, LOVE THE HARD WAY offers a unique glimpse into the rhythms and temptations of underworld Manhattan. Adrien Brody's infectious pitch-perfect characterization of Jack transforms LOVE THE HARD WAY into an unforgettable urban aria of a life too wild and a love too deep.

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"...as character studies of Jack and Claire, it is daring and inventive, and worthy of comparison with the films of a French master of criminal psychology like Jean-Pierre Melville." - Roger Ebert


Member Reviews (4)

Depressing side of humanity that we don't need to know.

Wanted to LOVE this movie if only because I simply LOVE Brody and Seda...and PAM GRIER was the biggest, best surprise! But, the streaming issues were a bit distracting, which isn't good for me. I may have to watch it again since the other reviews were so favorable. But, it was just "ok" for me. A little weird and contrived, but I don't know how much of that was "quirky" filmmaking, or just weird and contrived.

well worth it, loved the story,