From the plot of a song by Todd Snider , the movie follows a pool shark and an escort, taking in both violent and silly twists.
Movies based on popular songs are rememberingt specific features to better capitalize on the hooks. For Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billy Joe", the 1976 film adaptation addressed a question the song doesn't answer: What did Billy Joe and the narrator throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge? On the other hand, all that was needed for the 1954 film "White Christmas" was its title Song from Irving Berlin, a few more songs from Irving Berlin and stars in Santa hat.
“Hard Luck Love Song " is based on the song by Todd Snider "Just Like Old Times ". Snider is not a superstar , but he's a troubadour with a solid cult following and a good sense of history songs. "Old Times " is a simple and ironically poignant tale in which a pool scammer phones a escort service from his motel and issoon greeted by his old sweetheart from high school.
The film, co-written and directed by Justin Corsbie and produced by Snider, puts flesh - much of it appealing to movie star level - on the bones of the song. Michael Dorman's Jesse and Sophia Bush's Carla are pictured partying with revenge, fueled by both alcohol and cocaine. Yet by the time they light up for a bar (mostly to put the plot into third gear), they both look as freshly cleaned as a couple on the right side of a for a deodorant.
The actual story of the song ends approximately one hour and 10 minutes after the movie begins. After which the "Hard Luck Love Song " collapses further. The twists and turns are violent and silly and bear little relation to the harsh realities ofu world of Snider. Corsbie has energy to spare, but also makes plenty of undergraduate mistakes, including an awkward needle drop from Jon Spencer's song "Bell Bottoms " Blues Explosion, which was performed permanently in the opening scene of Edgar Wright 's "Baby Driver " in 2017.
Hard Luck Love Song
Rated R for language and party with revenge and cocaine. Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes. At the movies.