R (sexual references); 99 min.
Take (500) Days of Summer and Garden State, strip away their charms and you end up with Language of a Broken Heart, a handsomely shot but tired pile-up of indie rom-com clichés. Note to young directors/writers: Cute title sequences, trainloads of indie-rock and a self-absorbed protagonist don't necessarily add up to an engaging movie.
Juddy Talt, who also penned the script, is Nick, a bestselling New York author who writes about love but has no luck with the ladies himself. When his girlfriend, Violet (Lara Pulver), kicks him out, he heads home to Rockford, Ill., to find solace with his giddy mom (an effervescent Julie White) and an old high-school buddy (Ethan Cohn).
You just know there's a meet-cute moment coming, and his starts at the airport when Emma (Kate French) accidentally walks off with his luggage and, before she will return it to him, demands that he tell her a joke. But that doesn't matter -- we know she's the right woman for him thanks to her oversized hipster glasses.
There are some sparks: the aforementioned White and The Office's Oscar Nuñez as Nick's inept, hip-hop-quoting therapist.
Dallas director Rocky Powell and cinematographer Steve Corie have come up with a film that looks great.
It was partially shot in North Texas, and the McKinney Avenue trolley has never looked more quaint.
But these are just passing whispers in a Language that has nothing new to say.
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