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Hard Luck Love Song | 2020 | R | – 3.5.10

content-ratingsWhy is “Hard Luck Love Song” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language throughout, drug use, some violence and sexual references.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes, people talk about a woman being a prostitute, a couple of fight scenes ending with bloody wounds and a non-fatal gunshot wound, threats of violence, a few arguments and over 70 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A man (Michael Dorman) that fashions himself a singer and songwriter passes the time waiting for his big break, and making money hustling people playing pool. Also with Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, RZA, Eric Roberts and Brian Sacca. Directed by Justin Corsbie. [Running Time: 1:44]

Hard Luck Love Song SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A man and a woman kiss in the front seat of a car (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man and a woman kiss.
 A man and woman hug. A man dances over a woman seated on a bed and acts as if he is a woman doing a lap dance and makes a couple of suggestive remarks and a sexual gesture. Men and women dance together in a nightclub. Two men hug in a couple of scenes. A woman breaks up with a man and he becomes upset, insisting that they leave together (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 Women wearing skimpy outfits dance on a stage in a nightclub (we see cleavage, bare abdomens and legs to the hips). A woman adjusts her breasts in her low-cut camisole (we see cleavage).
 A police officer tells a man that the woman he is with is a “pro,” and that prostitution is illegal. A man tells a woman, “You are hotter than the hinges hanging off the gates of [mild obscenity deleted].” A man asks an elderly woman if he can give her a hug and she says no. A man looks at advertisements in a newspaper for sex phone lines; he calls a number and asks for a person by name and they agree to meet.
 When asked to prove that he is not wearing a wire, a man lifts his shirt and turns around (we see his bare abdomen and back). A woman wearing a low-cut camisole leans over a pool table and we see her deep cleavage and shoulders. A man wears boxer briefs in several scenes and we see his bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears bikini underwear as she dives into a swimming pool (we see her bare back and legs to the hips from the back). A man dances shirtless and we see his bare chest, abdomen and back.

Hard Luck Love Song VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A very drunk man and woman get into a car and a man outside the car breaks the window with a baseball bat, drags the man out and beats him with kicks and punches; two other men hold him while the other man punches him in the face (we see his very bloody face), the man whips him on the back with a belt, another man grabs the woman and throws her on the hood of the car, she thrashes, the man holds her, and the first man threatens the beaten man telling him that he will put him in the trunk of the car and set it on fire (he does not do this); another man comes and beats the first three men until they stumble away with bruises and bloody faces.
 A man hits another man in the back of the head and the other man pulls a gun on him; they argue briefly and a police officer shoots the gunman (he falls and we see a bit of blood, but we hear it is a flesh wound) and then calls out “freeze” and the officer later says, “I can do anything, I’m a cop.” A woman breaks up with a man and he becomes upset, insisting that they leave together; she refuses and the man shoves her, grabs her and puts her in his car as she calls out for another man to help her. A man burns another man’s hand with a cigarette while they are playing pool for money, they scuffle briefly after the injured man exclaims, and two other men move toward him threateningly.
 A man is shown in dim lighting in an alley with bloody facial and head wounds (presumably after a fight that we do not see until later). After being threatened, a man sneaks out the back door of a pool hall and drives away. A man wears a cast on his wrist in several scenes.
 A man throws things around a motel room, throws a chair into a swimming pool, spits on (we see saliva) and punches a mirror breaking it (we see blood on his hand). A man throws his cue on a pool table after losing and seems upset. Two men bet on pool rounds in several scenes and one man plays in such a way that he wins a lot of money angering his opponents.
 Two men threaten to cut another man’s hand off. A man threatens a man while they are playing pool. A man threatens to bury another man in a hole in the desert. A man warns another man about hustling people. A police officer knocks on a motel room door after noise complaints in a motel and a man and a woman hide drugs before letting him into the room. A man and woman argue and the woman storms out of the room. A man talks about his life and says that he was born in a Mexican whorehouse, he got shot, and he shot someone and grew a little dope.
 A man cuts a cast off his wrist and moans. A man pounds on the steering wheel of his car in frustration. A man puts a flaming cigarette lighter against the cast on his arm and we see it catch fire before he blows it out. A man on the street asks another man for money and the second man returns with money and a bottle of wine for the man. A man and a woman talk about another woman dying. A man talks about eating a tongue taco and he likes it.
 A man in a bathroom stall drops a coin into a toilet to make a sound to emulate defecating to make another man leave the room. A man urinates on the side of the road and we see the stream (no nudity is visible). We see a worm in the bottom of a bottle of Tequila. A man throws an empty beer can and a woman reprimands him for littering.

Hard Luck Love Song LANGUAGE 10

 – About 73 F-words and its derivatives, 3 sexual references, 33 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-American people, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, name-calling (magician, rednecks, crazy, Mr. Romance, young blood, big man, litter bug, cruel, soul stealing, smacked out, superstar, son, selfish, addict, mess, scheming, manipulating, bonehead, little [scatological term deleted], charming, shenanigans, con-man, karaoke cowboy, whore, half a brain, fox, buddy, go-go dancers, stupid, scared, sweet talker, nervous, hustled), exclamations (hey, come on, stop, oh dear), 2 religious profanities (GD), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, thank God, my God, miraculous birth, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |

Hard Luck Love Song SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man snorts cocaine in a bathroom, a man and a woman snort cocaine in a motel room, a man asks another man if he’d like to buy drugs and the man agrees and buys cocaine from him (they refer to it as Gandalf and White Wizard), and a man says that he “grew a little dope.” A man drinks a beer in a bowling alley, a man gives another man a bottle of wine on the street and they each take a drink from it, a man drinks a can of beer, a man and a woman drink and smoke cigarettes in a motel room, people drink and smoke in pool halls and bars in a few scenes, and a man buys liquor and beer from a shop in a few scenes. A man smokes cigarettes in many scenes throughout the movie, and a woman smokes a cigarette outside a motel and many other scenes.

Hard Luck Love Song DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Gambling, hustling, moderation, addiction, love, hard luck, promises, forgiveness.

Hard Luck Love Song MESSAGE

 – Forgiveness can help people find a new path.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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