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2 out of 4 stars

Title
No Stranger Than Love
Written by
Steve Adams
Directed by
Nick Wernham
Starring
Alison Brie, Colin Hanks, Justin Chatwin
Genre
Comedy
Classification
14A
Country
Canada
Language
English
Year
2016

The quirk-o-meter is off the charts in this quirkadelic quirkfest. Everyone in Spot Valley – a twinkly Americana of daffodils, dial phones and dictionaries made of paper – loves Lucy (Alison Brie), an art teacher in pastel cardigans. Lucy thinks she might love Clint (Colin Hanks), even though he's married. But just as Clint and Lucy are about to do it, a perfectly round hole opens in her floor, dropping him into another dimension. For the next hour, she dithers, tries to buy rope, and falls for Rydell (Justin Chatwin), a sensitive poet who's supposed to rough up Clint over gambling debts, but doesn't want to because he's so sensitive. Did I mention it's quirky? The script wants desperately to be about the unfathomable nature of love. The best it can deliver is this: "Love is loving someone who is covered in snot." It's all quirked up, but goes nowhere. (14A) Johanna Schneller

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