Love Story
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A young couple from different social backgrounds marry and then face the girl's unexpected impending death.
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Media Type: DVD
Artist: MACGRAW/O'NEAL
Title: LOVE STORY
Street Release Date: 04/24/2001
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Genre: DRAMA

Strife-torn America wanted a meat-and-potatoes romance in the late '60s, and the country embraced Erich Segal's slim, generic-sounding novel in a big way. It did so again for the film adaptation in 1970, starring Ryan O'Neal as a law student who defies his rich and powerful father (Ray Milland) on every issue, including the former's love for a music student (Ali MacGraw). The two marry, start life together...and then the Grim Reaper turns up at the door. Directed by Arthur Hiller (The In-Laws), the film ends up lacking the kind of stylistic boost that might have made it a must-see for the ages. But its faithfulness to the book's uncomplicated and, yes, moving intentions is pretty solid. O'Neal is convincing as a nice guy who's as bullheaded in his own way as his steely father (a nice job by Milland), and MacGraw has a way of getting under one's skin. A viewer just has to try not laughing at the refrain, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • What Does Constitute an Apology?
    This film is sad.
    This film is arrogant.
    This film is simple.
    This film is edited poorly.
    This film means never having to say you're sorry.

    These are just a few random thoughts conjured up while recently watching the 1970s blockbuster hit, "Love Story". It is the summer of blockbusters, and while $10 or more is a bit like paying for gas at the local Cineplex, this critic decided to watch old blockbusters in the comfort of his cool, quiet, and subdued home. Having read the book many years ago, I was eager to see how exactly it would translate onto the bigger screen. There was little action, little conflict, and even a smaller plot - it was, simply put, a "love story". Two Ivy-leaguers meet, they argue with their parents, they marry, and suddenly tragedy strikes. It is simple, like love - and it does translate well onto the screen with our two leads being Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw. Together their chemistry is shattering, bring to life a small piece of Americana, and the depth of life. As Jennifer and Oliver pour their literal hearts out on screen, the issues of "Love Story", while not many, do break free and run rampant throughout. The lacking development, the clutter of language, the electric music, and the cheapened edits all culminate as utter distracts to this film. These errors pull from the story, creating a mediocre tale that could have been the greatest love story ever sold.

    Let me begin by saying that as much criticism as I give "Love Story", it still (and probably will with another viewing) brought a tear to my eye. It is ultimately a story about the power of love, and even if you can see through the clich¨¦ language, parts of this film will remind you of a love you have or once had. It has sentimental value that presses on the right heartstrings at the right time. We can thank, and denounce at the same time, writer Erich Segal for this. His story takes us to love, but his words violently pull us away. Throughout this film, one cannot help but wonder if O'Neal and MacGraw read their lines off cue-cards behind them, or if the words coming from their mouths were to be staples of clich¨¦ for decades of romantic films to follow. In one corner we have a witty, independent woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, in the other corner, we have a guy who takes direction well - OK - I get that, but what else is there about these characters that we could learn about. If this is to be a talking film, let the words they speak to each other express their emotion stronger - or at least develop a subplot around them that allows the viewer to see all the dimensions of both Oliver and Jennifer. I knew their connections, but I finished this film without really knowing them. From the book, one could hear their inner-voice, without that in the film, we were lead on a one-sided voyage through love without any potholes or pitfalls. Each and every time a conflict occurred, simple words were spoken, we were taken to a new city, and we began our story all over again. With conflict comes resolution, and one cannot resolve with just one phrase - "Love means not having to say your sorry".

    Clarification. The simplicity of this story is what kept me glued to the screen the entire hour and a half. The acting force behind O'Neal and MacGraw was consistent throughout, providing me with excited moments, emotional moments, and a heavy cardboard aftertaste. While their characters were enjoyable to watch, they lacked the depth needed to really pull further at my heartstrings. I knew what sort of characters they were, but they needed to take one more step to fully make me believe they were who they were pretending to be. Earlier I used the word arrogant when describing this film through free association. I use this word because I believe writer Segal and director Hiller knew what they had for audiences by the end of their film, they knew that if they kept these two one-dimensional characters together long enough; they would have the audiences coming back by the third act. To me, this ploy seemed arrogant of them. Give us more, give us characters, give us at least impressive scenery - but instead we were handed one phrase and tears. Not enough.

    Not complaining, but the music could have benefited from either a dedicated theme song or a better composer, the strum of the piano chords never quite hit that level of emotion I needed to bawl my eyes out. The music was potent at first, but by the second act, it felt stale of overplayed. It wasn't the theme music of Oliver and Jennifer's love that could have further strengthened their relationship. Coupled with elaborately bad edits, our film stands solely on the doorstep of the actors. They are good, not quite great, but worth viewing merely for those small moments of joy where you feel like you are watching a film, not being a sinister voyeur on their lives. "Love Story" is a sad love story, alas, it needed something more - a stronger element that would have shown Oliver's hatred for his father, his dedication to his life, and his ability to discover love anywhere in life. One needed a few more chapters of the book translated to the screen to make these characters full bodied enough to bring that climactic ending to a stand still. Instead, Hiller's direction just made it feel like an opus of clich¨¦s.

    Overall, "Love Story" was worth the singular view, but repeat viewings will not be needed. The choice of casting Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw was superb, these were two people that could carry the weight of this world on their shoulders, but Hiller never gave it to them. There was never that "oh yea" moment in the film, where we suddenly realized who these two were, and why they were together ... mind, body, and spirit. Not thinking about the dreadful "A Walk to Remember", this film could benefit from a facelift. Build the two characters stronger together, introduce more problems for the two to solve, really illustrate the confusion between Oliver and his father, and I think you would have yet another blockbuster on your hands. This is a rich film, executed poorly, but the groundlings are there. "Love Story" felt like a cold flat soda - it still quenches your thirst on a hot day, but it just misses that punch. Worth at least one viewing for that romantic settling down in all of us.

    Grade: *** ? out of *****
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  • I'm a chick flick lover, but even this was TOO much for me
    I know it sounds very sad, but I saw "Love Story" on WE. That is the ultimate lonely woman scenario. I'm a fan of classic romantic movies like "Notorious" and "Wuthering Heights," and I'm a pretty big fan of sophisticated, classy chick flicks. But
    Love Story was just to saccharine, too perfect, which I find revolting. It had its nice moments, but it just dragged on and became revolting. But I was born in the late 80s, so you might understand my opinion that I'm not from this 70s era. The Jenny character I found quite annoying, with her constant pestering. But some positive notes, I liked the opening scene and Oliver's opening statement. I also liked the concept of how the only thing that would reunite the father and the son, is Oliver's love for Jenny. I suppose it was a pretty good movie when you're bored. Obviously, its pretty predictable. ...more info
  • Love Means HAVING To Say You're Sorry...
    Perhaps the best moment associated with the infamous, slightly different version of this tag line came in another movie: What's Up, Doc? with Ryan O'Neal & Barbra Streisand. She says the line; he uproariously replies: "That's the dumbest thing I ever heard." And that's true: love does mean having to say you're sorry to the other person, out loud, and meaning it. The expectation of sympatico silent udnerstanding doesn't and shouldn't always work.

    But to the movie in specific: it was great for its time when moviemaking was far less sophisticated than now, and audiences less demanding of actual plot, dialogue and acting. Ryan O'Neal's acting here is barely servicable at best; Ali MacGraw could NOT act and this movie gave immense testimony to that fact, which was further bolstered by her subsequent movies. The acting from the rest of the cast members was stilted, and the dialogue was never free-flowing or believable. The film was ok for its time and if viewed that way, but if you are going to watch it with a 2005 sensibility and set of cinematic expectations - be prepared to say you're sorry you spent the time....more info
  • A sad film. 4th may 2004.
    Most sad films make me cry, this didn't really. Although it was sad when jenny died. It might not be everyone's type of film but for me i quite liked it. I wouldn't say it was excellent to keep watching over and over again, but it was still a good film. The music at the end was sad too, can't remember how it goes but every time i hear it it makes you feel sad. He had known her and he was going to marry her until she found out that she had got cancer and then she died, Heartbreaking story....more info
  • An Enchanting Story To Be Passed From Mother to Daughter
    Love Story was an amazing movie. It made me experience an incredible range of emotions from happiness to sorrow. I couldn't help but laughing at the loving abuse that Jenny showed Oliver with her "preppy" remarks or cry at the sorrowful ending that you know is coming, but just don't want to accept. This is a movie that I think all generations of women will love, but men don't exclude this movie. My mother loved it, I loved it, and I'm sure I'll share it with my children and grandchildren someday. Seeing this movie is an experience you should have atleast once in your life....more info
  • Great film with depth and relevance
    Love Story was the 1st film I ever saw. It was 1970, I was 6, and my parents took us to the drive in. That may be one reason I like it so much, but I've seen it many times since and it's one of the few films I don't ever get bored watching. The great soundtrack sets the atmosphere for the relation between Oliver and Jenny, 2 sophisticates at Harvard and Radcliffe who fall in love in the wintertime. The ending set in New York City strikes an especially relevant chord post-Sept. 11th, when so many faced similar, but even worse circumstances.
    The general feel of the film is one of emotional intensity, and a slice of reality from 1970 in Manhattan and Massachusetts....more info
  • i did not love this story
    I seriously must say that Love Story is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I rented it, anticipating an emotional, tear-jerking masterpiece; man, was I disappointed. The script consists of some of the CHEEZIEST lines- "being in love means never having to say your sorry" PLEASE- and the acting is laughable. These kids are supposed to be full of youthful energy and passion- they look about as passionate as a cess pool. Oh, and they could have picked a more varied musical selection- they played the same repetitvely boring theme over and over!...more info
  • DON'T BULL $ # I T ME!
    'Love Story' was the talk of the town in it's day, but the years have not been too kind to the film. The story of the rich man meets poor girl is interesting enough, but the dialogue is a bit dated. O'Neal and MacGraw are appealing, but both characters have feeling of inadequacies that make them slightly irritating. In the end, the love between them is believable and heartfelt, insuring the finale being quite sad. The film score is so recognizable, it's like the definitive score for romance films! Look fast for a young Tommy Lee Jones! The DVD has a good transfer and the extras are interesting....more info
  • Flash from the past
    My wife and I purchased the video for a couples Valentine party in our home. As baby-boomers it was chosen as a flash from the past from when most of us were either dating or first married.

    It was both touching and funny to watch this old movie with friends as our perspective is a lot different 30 some years later. Overall the plot is a bit thin and is a bit implausable and we were not entirely happy with all of the language as Ali McGraw has a rather foul mouth in the film.

    Overall, it worked fairly well for our purposes of attempting to capture a "romantic" film from the past for our group. I think the concepts in the film appealed more to us when we were in our teens and rebelling against authority than today....more info
  • This Movie Is (Unintentionally ) Very Funny!!!
    This movie was made in 1970 when the "Disease Of The Week" was so prevalent on the big screen. It concerns a guy played by Ryan O' Neal (who is now referred to as "Rhino Meal" because of his weight problem) who "falls in love" (whatever that means?) with Ali MacGraw. Then of course Ali gets sick with a very bad disease and Ryan informs his father that "Love means never having to say you are sorry" which is very funny because I seem to spend my entire life apologizing to my HOT girlfriend Cheryl so she will "make nice" to me. I give this movie 5 stars because this movie successfully managed to manipulate the emotions of an entire generation....more info
  • In Love With Love Story
    I love, love, love this movie. This movie had my attention from beginning to end. It is a true love story and an example of a happy, healthy relationship between a man and a woman. I am not a professional movie critic, however, I know great cinematography when I see it, and "Love Story" is definitely great cinematography....more info
  • Simple and Beautiful
    The movies I grew up watching as a kid in the 70's all made deep impressions on me and I think it was mainly because they were all so beautifully scored. Born Free, and Brian's Song, to name a few, can make me tear up when I hear them just as they did when I was 8 years old. Once you see it and hear it you never forget it. When I hear the Love Story theme I immediately think of Ryan O'Neil sitting in the bleachers at the end of the movie. This may not be a five star movie but the last 15 minutes are as touching and thought provoking as you'll ever see. It puts life in perspective and shows what's really important....more info
  • 3 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Yes it's a schmaltzy tearjerker, but it's a successful schmaltzy tearjerker that develops characters we care a reasonable amount about; if you're the audience for Love Story (you'll know if you are) and haven't seen it yet, then bump it to the top of your Netflix queue....more info
  • Love Never Dies...
    Contrary to popular belief, Love Story is not based on a novel by Erich Segal. Author Erich Segal wrote the screenplay first, then adapted it into a novel - which was quickly published before the film's release and became a runaway bestseller.

    In 1970, Love Story took the nation by storm and made stars out of Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw. By today's standards, the story has been done so often and so much more dramatically, it seems a bit dated. The film has become very overrated over the years, but it still manages to be a sweet, effective love story, just not as tear enducing as some people say.

    With that said, I enjoyed the film a lot. The two leads have wonderful chemistry and deliver powerful performances. The haunting theme has gone down in history and is one of the most recognizable in all of film. It is a beautiful piece that lingers in the mind and is very difficult to forget.

    While "Love Story" is certainly a pleasant movie, aside from the tragic ending, and one that I enjoy watching, especially for Ali MacGraw's beautiful smile, it is only slightly above average. It of course coined the phrase "love means never having to say you're sorry", which sounds good but in fact is worthless tripe. Anyone who knows what love really is also knows the value, the importance of saying "I'm sorry" when it is warranted. However it is amazing how many people latched on to this phrase, just because it was in a movie.

    This is one of the first films, if not the first, of its kind, and spawned many imitators. It doesn't have the effect I assume it had over thirty years ago, but as far as sappy romances go, this is one of the best I've seen. Worth a watch for its classic status and Best Picture nomination alone. Doesn't hurt that it was also the film debut of a young Tommy Lee Jones....more info
  • Freshman week movie at Harvard and Radcliffe
    This is schmaltzy and silly, but it is a real period piece. For years it has been a highlight of freshmen week at Harvard and Radcliffe. Students watch it, laught at it, and then incorporate (sometimes unintentional) jokes from it into freshman repartee.

    If you want to get a sense of a bestselling book and a major box office event of the early 1970s, see this movie ( or read the book). Suspend critical judgment and take it for what it is---a lightweight, idealized romance of postadolescence....more info

  • Romantic, gut-wrenching, brilliant? Check.
    Today, romance movies and "tearjerkers" are usually too sappy, lame, hackneyed, and just not very good. But this movie, although it's now 35 years old, is a "timeless classic", and it is just as powerful today as it was in 1970 when it was released. It's a refreshingly direct and simple story about love; about two people entirely devoted to each other. Oliver (O'Neal) is a "preppie millionaire" and Jennifer (MacGraw) is "social zero". They meet at college, fall in love, and eventually marry. After overcoming social barriers, arrogant parents (Oliver's parents "cut him off" after he marries Jenny despite their protestations) and poverty during the first couple of years of their marriage, they seemingly have it all. Oliver becomes a lawyer and Jenny no longer has to work tirelessly to provide the basic necessities, and the couple can now afford to start a family. But just as they had the world at their feet, they're rocked by the news that Jenny is, in fact, dying (of cancer). Indeed, it's heart-wrenchingly sad and touching, and it's a hard person who doesn't at least tear up at the sight of Jenny dying in her loving husband's arms. The movie hits all the right emotional buttons, and you share all the love and heartache Jenny and Oliver go through. O'Neal and MacGraw are brilliant and have great chemistry, and of course the haunting (and now legendary) theme music perfectly captures the intensity and feelings between the couple. Indeed, a true love story. And the best one at that....more info
  • Generic Title Says All That's Necessary About This Unapologetic, Severely Dated Movie
    This 1970 hit film has not aged well, but frankly, it was not that good when it was released. Yet, it was a hugely popular success perhaps because the idea of fatalistic young love must have appealed to audiences saturated by constant TV coverage of the Vietnam War. The plot is pure drivel as it concerns Oliver Barrett IV, a privileged Harvard hockey player, who meets and falls in love with Jenny Cavelleri, an antagonistic Radcliffe music student proud of her working class background. His old-school father naturally disapproves of Jenny, and in a typical act of rebellion, that means the young couple gets married in one of those self-indulgent, extemporaneous ceremonies. He later lands his dream job in New York, but of course, she gets unexpectedly ill and dies of her terminal disease. There is a veneer of then-contemporary filmmaking techniques displayed by director Arthur Hiller, but none of that can hide the old-fashioned, cliche-ridden story at its core. The inevitable ending leaves me particularly unmoved, especially as Jenny stumbles weakly as she clutches Oliver in the pristine snow.

    Both Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw became stars with this movie as Oliver and Jenny but inexplicably so since neither seems able to convey the depth or complexity required to make their characters compelling. At least the boyish O'Neal is sincere in his defiant petulance, but MacGraw is so wooden and smirky in behavior that it's hard to see what Oliver sees in Jenny beyond her sarcastic facade. John Marley (two years before finding the decapitated racehorse in his bed in "The Godfather") does better as Jenny's plainspoken baker father Phil, as does Ray Milland as the seemingly insensitive Barrett paterfamilias. The overly familiar Frances Lai music has almost become parody in itself over the years. The print quality on the DVD is good, though the only extra is a rather effusive commentary track by Hiller. The most interesting bit of trivia is that author Erich Segal (upon whose book this movie is based) conceived Oliver as a mix between two Harvard roommates he knew - former Vice President Al Gore and actor Tommy Lee Jones, who happens to have a bit part in the movie as one of Oliver's roommates....more info
  • Love means never having to say you're sorry
    I'm surprised that tagline has not been used for the other people's reviews on here - though slightly cheesy and predictable, it does have everything to do with this film's incredible power and poignancy.

    Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal were virtual nobodies before they played love-struck students Jenny and Oliver in this college movie set around Harvard and Radcliffe. Being a Boston student myself I can tell you one of the most amazing things about this movie is the shooting around this incredible city.

    However, there's a lot more to "Love Story" than setting - the story is basically yet another modern day Romeo and Juliet - though not exactly, by any means. It's refreshingly simple and touching - and was such a major hit in 1970 (so says my mother) that it attracted around-the-block lines for weeks on end.

    The catchphrase, Love means never having to say you're sorry, came 13th in a recent AFI list of top movie quotes of all time - and really, it does catch the essence of this great love movie. These two souls really do understand one another, and if we take nothing else away from this film, it is the understanding of that love, and how it relates to all other loves we have ever had. You really FEEL their love - because of the film's simplicity and captivating flirtatious manner of acting.

    Don't miss out on Love Story - it's beautiful and it will stay with you for a long time....more info
  • Where Do I Begin?
    The picture holds up, that is, you may hate it but it hardly ever looks "60s" or "70s." Both O'Neal and MacGraw are rather good, I can't imagine what torment Arthur Hiller put Ali MacGraw through to get her to deliver those line readings which, by and large, are pretty appropriate and hardly ever wooden as she usually is in other vehicles. I femember years later watching the miniseries THE WINDS OF WAR in which she plays Natalie Jastrow and thinking, in retrospect, that Arthur Hiller deserved an Oscar for making her seem like a human being in LOVE STORY. There's one scene in which she opens an invitation for Oliver's father to his 60th birthday party, a sign she thinks that her father in law might be melting in his opposition to their marriage, and yet she can't make Oliver understand how much this means to her and how very much she wants to go to the party.

    Instead he coldly forces her to RSVP and say that they won't go. Her frustration and pain while she's dialing the phone are palpable, real. PLUS she's dressed exquisitely, in a khaki green miniskirt with a metallic green and black belt that would look perfectly in vogue today. It's the kind of scene that sticks with you, especially in a movie so universally reviled, a movie that has millions of fans and yet, for others, it seems to have gone down in history as the sappiest and stupidest movie ever made.

    What is with the actor Walker Reynolds, who plays Ryan O'Neal's best friend and racketball partner? He's like a blond, somewhat stockier Illya Kuryakin. The racquetball scenes with the two men in crazily tight white cotton shorts and T-shirts is like something out of a Bruce Weber campaign, and their subsequent shower scene should be frozen forever as a certain kinf of Abercrombie & Fitch porn. The actor is appealing and yet, apparently, never made another movie before or since. You wonder why he was even in the picture at all. (He plays "Ray Stratton.") The focus of LOVE STORY is almost entirely on one or the other of the two leads, and Jennifer appears to have no girlfriends at all. She exists in a cocoon first of forbidden love, and then in a hospital bed, after an interlude of watching Oliver skate in a white cable-knit sweater, then they go out for cocoa, and then he asks her what they should do for the rest of the day, she says, "let's go to the hospital." The two of them stagger in a long shot out of Central Park into a cab. It really looks as though she's going to die in the snow, her legs crumbling in on themselves like Bambi trying to stand up. When she made it into the cab I was sighing real relief. I guess somewhere along the way I started to fall for the two lovers. Her snotty, tart, foul-mouthed "attitude" didn't bother me, though it remains startlingly unsaccharine, as though Ruth Gordon should have been playing the part.

    One more scene deserves admiration, the one in which Ray Milland, having written a check for Ryan O'Neal for $5000, money to secure an abortion for another girl (or so Milland thinks), sits there ruffling his checkbook after his son has left him with the unexpected words, "Thank you, Father." The expressions which play across Milland's bemused, wrinkled old face are priceless. You can read his thoughts with a radical transparency, it's a tough acting job and he excels for a minute. Otherwise he's hampered by a script filled with Freudian cliches....more info
  • Love Story is worth watching.
    This 1970's Classic is the best love story i have seen. Anybody who has seen this movie can totally relate to these characters in some form. They fall in love and cross social barriers and marry and face the biggest crisis of thier lives. this film has a common theme which is "Love does conquer all". ...more info
  • A Love Story
    The acting isn't that good. However, this movie is guaranteed to make you cry. It is a classic tearjerker. The musical score of the movie is terrific and won awards. This movie is mostly for people who saw it years ago and would like to see it again to bring back memories....more info
  • Love Story
    I read the book and saw the movie many years ago (over 30 years, I think), but decided I wanted to read it again AND see the movie too. The book is very sad, but it's a great love story. The movie follows the book pretty closely and Ryan O'Neil and Ali Magraw were really good. It is an old movie, but I like old movies and I like love stories SO I really enjoyed this....more info
  • Insanely Amazing Film
    This is the greatest romantic film of all time, by a wide margin. This movie hits the heart like a cupid's arrow. Somehow, this movie makes you feel like YOU are living through the love of your life, and it will last only an hour and a half. You sense this from the very beginning and you begin to relish every second of its undeniable charm and power as like you would enjoy a virtuoso concert. This movie was released around the time I was born and I regret every year which I didn't see it. Never have I been more captivated by the characters and their chemistry. Their dialogues are both authentic and hilarious. There is not a single misplaced sentence which suffocates the flow of the film. Instead, the witty charms of the characters makes them irresistible. In effect, the audience falls in love with the characters, and wishes the story will never end, despite its obvious ending. Put this together with outstanding acting and unforgettable music, and you have a film that hits the heart like no other. The film feels like a passionate love relationship which you know will not last.
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  • An old classic
    This movie is "The Notebook" of the 70's generation. If you like love stories this one should be on you must see list....more info
  • Buy This Movie Preppie
    This is one of my all-time favorite movies. If you are channel surfing and it is showing it is so easy to get sucked in no matter how many times you may have already seen it. The setting is Cambridge MA in the late 60's at Harvard University. The handsome and wealthy Oliver Barrett IV meets the brainy and beautiful but poor Jennifer "Jenny" Cavilleri at the library. Ali McGraw is so wonderful in this role as the sarcastic but endearing Jenny and Ryan O'Neal is perfect as the hockey playing jock/scion of an old New England family. This tender love story unfolds behind the ivy covered gates and the winter scenes and Francis Lai's soundtrack are exquisite. The movie takes you from undergrad, to law school, marriage and to the tearful conclusion without missing a beat. Ray Milland is brilliant as the snobby and class conscious Oliver Barrett III. A visually appealing movie that I highly recommend....more info
  • Where do I begin?
    What a blockbuster this film was---most people under 30 would never know, care or remember--A perfect slice of 1970/71 era cinema--SUGGESTION:If the plot, dialoge and story tend to bore you...one can always turn off the sound and quietly behold the lovely Ali MacGraw--!! That's reason enough to give this one a try...more info
  • speed walker
    I was very pleased the quality of the movie and the expedient service. Thank you!...more info
  • A bit dated
    When the book/movie were produced, about 40 years ago, the sexual revolution was new; thus the "God is dead" mentality and the "anything goes" sexual morality exhibited by the story's heroes would have seemed avant-garde. Of course, now such ideas have become mainstream--perhaps even quaint--even though the abandonment of God and the normalization of non-marital sex has hardly resulted in human flourishment.

    As I watched the movie, the following passages from the Bible came to mind:

    Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. (Ephesians 6:4a)

    The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." (Psalm 14:1)

    And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:16-21)
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  • That was really a nice one
    After reading the book "Love Story" and sobbing about the ending of the of the book when Jenny dies, I wasn't quite normal for a few days, the story just stuck in my mind. I knew that there was a movie based on the book out there and about a month after reading the book I saw the movie. To be brutally honest the movie didn't have the punch and the emotion that the book had had on me. It just seemed kind of choppy, like somebody was going scissor happy in the editing room in 1970. I am not going to say anything about the acting because who am I to give acting directions. I just want to say that we should feel that way the actors portraying the characters feel, and obviously I did because I felt totally disconnected with the characters.{okay, after seeing th movie I found out that Erich Segal had actually written the screen play before actually writing the book} I don't feel that it would be an insult to say that there should be a remake of the movie "Love Story" because with the technology and the acting skills of today's actors, producers and directors and what not, it could be great. I watched "Love Story" because my dad said it was his favorite movie of all time and that it's the only movie he's ever went to the theatre to watch twice, so I thought that it really had to be a good movie. I did like "Love Story," even though I wouldn't call it one of my favorite movies of all time....I'm more the action, sci-fi, comedy, and horror movie type.
    "Love Story" is good because it seems realistic, just like two normal people who are real different from each other might act in a real life relationship. Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw brought their acting skills and used them in this love story of a movie. If you like love stories, I recommend purchasing "Love Story."...more info
  • "Love Story" is a good love story
    In "Love Story," a rich guy, Oliver (Ryan O'Neal), and a poor girl, Jennifer (Ali MacGraw), fall in love while both are attending Harvard University. When you see the two characters, it's hard to see how a smart talking music girl and a rich hockey player could possibly be right for each other, but they'll show you how it can be done. But it won't be an easy road to travel because they both have their separate problems/situations to deal with, such as Oliver's dad not being too fond of people unless they're very successful and rich.

    I watched "Love Story" because my dad said it was his favorite movie of all time and that it's the only movie he's ever went to the theatre to watch twice, so I thought that it really had to be a good movie. I did like "Love Story," even though I wouldn't call it one of my favorite movies of all time....I'm more the action, sci-fi, comedy, and horror movie type.

    "Love Story" is good because it seems realistic, just like two normal people who are real different from each other might act in a real life relationship. Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw brought their acting skills and used them in this love story of a movie. If you like love stories, I recommend purchasing "Love Story."...more info