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Eleven-year-old orphan, WOODY, dreams of a better life -- and his absent mother who may or may not be in North Carolina fighting drug addiction. He also reveres his uncle VINCENT as the father figure he never had. A street hustler and former drug dealer, Vincent's fresh off an eight-year stint in prison and wants a new direction. When Vincent bypasses his nephew's school one day and offers to show Woody how a man handles his business, Woody jumps at the opportunity to join his uncle on a field trip of life lessons. With a foreclosed warehouse property, Vincent plans to open his own crab shack restaurant. However, when he is denied a bank loan the legitimate way, the temptations of Vincent's old life working for Baltimore crime boss MR. FISH return to haunt him. A day once bright with optimism quickly spirals downward into a world of violence. Coming of age all too fast by day's end, Woody starts to doubt his hero and ultimately must decide where he stands.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 36
- Fresh: 13
- Rotten: 23
- Average Rating: 5.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It does not entirely succeed, but at its best "Luv" shows the kind of heart and intelligence that is always welcome - and often missing - in American movies.
Rotten: The rapper and actor Common has become a highly skilled screen star, but this touchy-feely dud does him wrong.
Rotten: Heartfelt and formulaic in equal measure.
Rotten: What begins as a promising peek into the tragic cycle of waylaid promise that's crippling broken inner-city families is itself dispiritingly pulled sideways in the Baltimore-set indie "LUV."
I waited months to finally watch this movie. Having watched it, I have to say that its the first movie in years to make me cry. To the critics who say that the protagonists get into unrealistic scenrios has never lived that "life." The prospect of a child criminal running the streets is as foreign to him as the Pacific is to the Atlantic. This movie shows the darkest sides of humanity within the context of the real world as seen through those who've lived in the hood. Those who understand that life is not contrasted by "black/white", "right/wrong", but is instead an array of colors & choices where life is seen in a constant evolution, progression & degression, where only hind sight is ever 20/20.
Watch this movie. Learn and live.
I seriously cants air for this movie to come out :)))
LUV this movie
Great movie! Had me laughing, crying, scared and every other emotion. Common is great!