Love Story (1971)
The Film: Rich Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett (Ryan O’Neal) meets working class music student Jennifer Cavelleri (Ali McGraw) and they fall in lurve.
Why So Serious? Yes it doesn’t quite end happily ever after for the star-crossed pair.
Oliver’s dad disowns him and disinherits him, cutting him off and forcing the pair to slum it. That’s not so bad though, they still have each other.
Then they try to start a family, but whoops! Jennifer can’t have children, and the doctors find out she’s sick.
Oliver begs his dad for a loan to cover her medical expenses, not telling him what it’s for. He works it out and rushes to the hospital to apologise to his son and offer help.
Too little too late. Jennifer dies in Oliver’s arms, before pops can get there.
Mr Barrett apologises to his son, who retorts “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”, which Jennifer told him earlier in the film, and which also makes no real sense.
Will It Make You Cry? Are you made of stone? The woman he loves just died in his arms at 25!
Will It Uplift You? Not so much, unless you go to Cornell University. The film features a hockey match between Cornell and Harvard, which Cornell win.
Before the real-life fixture, the team and fans all watch the hockey scene at the beginning of the film, whooping and cheering, then skip right to the end to Jennifer’s death, and take similar pleasure in that.
Whoever said American’s weren’t sportsman-like?
Cynicism Score: 9 – All it took to repair a father-son relationship was a little helping of death.