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Lost in Love
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 3, 2011
Addicted to Love is a bit of a study in addiction - in this case addiction to love. As in the case of many addictions, the addicted people act in some strange and unusual ways. The addicted characters Maggie (played by Meg Ryan) and Sam (Matthew Broderick) are rejected by their lovers Linda and Anton (Kelly Preston and Tchéky Karyo). Hard as it is to believe, Linda and Anton become lovers. Maggie and Sam spy on the lovers and work tirelessly to break them up and get a bit of revenge. Their chosen actions are designed to embarrass Linda and ruin Anton's reputation (he is thought to be a "ladies man").
The victims of the tricks are not without blame. Linda broke up with Sam by writing him an unexpected "dear John" letter and arranging for her father to deliver it. Anton used a relationship with Maggie to immigrate from Europe and start a restaurant in New York. Then he dumped her.
One funny trick happens when Maggie and Sam arrange for Anton to be attacked by children who use squirt guns to spray him with expensive perfume. Linda, naturally finds Anton's explanation tough to believe. Another humourous stunt is when they con a monkey vendor into having the money wear lipstick and kiss Anton. Linda doubts Anton's excuse for the lipstick on his collar.
Addicted to Love is classified as a romantic comedy. It is slightly romantic and is a comedy, but a dark comedy. This is a film that requires some suspense of belief - the humor is sought mostly by having some character suffer due to the actions of others. Some other films that use this technique are: National Lampoons European Vacation, where Eric Idle suffers broken limbs; The Three Stooges, where laughs are obtained by the brothers hitting each other; and Foul play where Billy Barty gets trashed by Goldie Hawn because a prophesy told her to "beware the dwarf".
I enjoyed this movie. Meg Ryan does a credible job of portraying a girl seeking revenge and Matthew Broderick seems natural to play a love sick jilted lover. The tricks played on the hapless Anton are exaggerated but fun. I recommend Addicted to Love for those who like dark comedy.