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Love Hard

Official release poster

Directed byHernán Jiménez
Written by
  • Danny Mackey
  • Rebecca Ewing
Produced by
  • McG
  • Mary Viola
  • Nina Dobrev
  • Jimmy O. Yang
  • Darren Barnet
CinematographyShane Hurlbut
Edited byPriscilla Nedd-Friendly
Music byMark Orton


Wonderland Sound and Vision

Distributed byNetflix

Release date

  • November 5, 2021

Running time

105 minutes
CountryUnited States

Love Hard is a 2021 American romantic comedy film directed by Hernán Jiménez and written by Danny Mackey and Rebecca Ewing. Starring Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, and Darren Barnet, the film follows a young woman who travels to tướng her online crush's hometown for Christmas but discovers she has been catfished. It was produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision and filmed in Vancouver from October to tướng November 2020. It released by Netflix on November 5, 2021.

The title is a portmanteau of Love Actually and Die Hard, the respective favorite Christmas films of main characters Josh and Natalie.


Natalie Bauer is a Los Angeles-based dating column writer who documents her disastrous dates she meets via a dating ứng dụng. After deciding to tướng expand the app's tìm kiếm radius, Natalie matches with a man named Josh Lin and forms a strong connection to tướng him through many long phone calls. She decides to tướng travel to tướng his hometown in Lake Placid, Thành Phố New York to tướng surprise him for Christmas, promising her quấn this will be the kết thúc to tướng her dating disasters. However, she soon discovers that she has been catfished by Josh, who used another man's pictures. Natalie is angry, but learns that the man whose pictures Josh used, Tag Abbott, is Josh's childhood friend who lives in the same town. Josh offers to tướng phối them up if she pretends to tướng be his girlfriend for the holidays, and Natalie agrees to tướng stay with the Lin family.

Josh sets Tag up to tướng meet Natalie and introduces her as his cousin. Natalie lies about her interest in Henry David Thoreau and rock climbing to tướng impress Tag. Tag invites her to tướng climb at a climbing thể hình, where she hides her fear of heights from Tag and Josh helps her down. Tag invites Natalie on more dates.

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Natalie meets Josh's brother Owen, the more successful sibling who constantly demands the Lin family's attention. When Natalie and Josh receive praise for their duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" during Christmas caroling, Owen becomes jealous and announces his and his wife's pregnancy. To steal the spotlight back, Josh proposes to tướng Natalie on the spot, to tướng which she feels pressured to tướng say yes. Josh reassures Natalie that he will tell his family they did not work out after the holidays. Natalie learns of Josh's candle-making hobby, which he started to tướng remember the scent of his grandfather after he died. She encourages him to tướng make a business out of it.

Josh and Natalie's engagement announcement is printed in the local newspaper, prompting the two to tướng spend the early morning picking up all the papers across town ví Tag does not see the news. Natalie goes through Josh's real dating ứng dụng profile and tells him to tướng have more self-confidence and use pictures that better highlight his strengths. When vegetarian Natalie prepares to tướng eat at a steakhouse on a date with Tag, Josh bitterly tells Natalie she should not lie or compromise her beliefs for Tag. They fight when Natalie reminds him of his lie. While Natalie and Tag leave dinner, Tag admits that he stopped celebrating Christmas a long time ago. Natalie realizes that Tag is not the man that she thought he was, and Tag kisses her.

The next morning, the two offer a Q&A session about online dating to tướng residents of a nursing trang chính at the behest of Josh's grandmother. The session quickly spirals into chaos when many of the resident attendees become interested in presenting false or misleading information about their disabilities and insecurities in order to tướng attract potential partners. Josh offers a brilliant monologue about truth and honesty, reminding the residents to tướng be true to tướng themselves. During this monologue, he appears to tướng recognize his own feelings for Natalie, and Natalie, taken aback by the honest and poignant moment, seems to tướng recognize developing feelings as well. The residents disregard this and stop paying attention to tướng Josh and Natalie, going on with their own lives. Josh appears distraught but has also recognized his feelings, and a need to tướng be honest and forthcoming with Natalie and others, even despite his own insecurities.

The Lin family throws Josh and Natalie a surprise engagement tiệc nhỏ at the steakhouse that Tag's family owns. Tag introduces Natalie to tướng his parents as his girlfriend. Natalie's quấn arrives and tells Owen about Natalie's dating column. Owen tells Josh that Natalie is just with him for her next story. Natalie gives a speech telling the truth to tướng everyone at the tiệc nhỏ, including Tag, and then leaves the Lin household. Encouraged by Natalie, Josh tells his father that he no longer wants to tướng run rẩy the family store and wishes to tướng start a candle business.

Waiting at the lodge overnight before her morning flight, Natalie sees Josh's new profile on the dating ứng dụng, which highlights the real him. She realizes she is in love with Josh and returns to tướng his house, where they share a kiss.


  • Nina Dobrev as Natalie Bauer
  • Jimmy O. Yang as Josh Lin
  • Darren Barnet as Tag
  • Harry Shum Jr. as Owen Lin
  • Althea Kaye as Grandma June Lin
  • James Saito as Bob Lin
  • Rebecca Staab as Barb Lin
  • Matty Finochio as Lee
  • Heather McMahan as Kerry
  • Mikaela Hoover as Chelsea Lin
  • Sean Depner as Chip


In August 2019, Netflix announced that it had acquired Danny Mackey's and Rebecca Ewing's romantic comedy spec script Love Hard, which was described as "When Harry Met Sally meets Roxanne". McG and Mary Viola were phối to tướng produce the film through their company Wonderland Sound and Vision.[1]

In August 2020, it was announced that Hernán Jiménez would direct the film, and that Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang and Charles Melton would star.[2] In October 2020, it was announced that due to tướng Melton's schedule conflicts with the TV series Riverdale, he had been replaced by Darren Barnet. Harry Shum Jr., James Saito, Mikaela Hoover and Heather McMahan were also added to tướng the cast.[3]

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Filming took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[4] from October 9 to tướng November 21, 2020.[5] The Lin trang chính is located in New Westminster, British Columbia, and Boundary Bay Airport stood in for Lake Placid Airport.[6]


The film was released on November 5 and was number one in audience popularity on Netflix in 87 countries by November 7, 2021.[7]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 57% based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Love Hard's interesting setup and charming cast have a definite rom-com appeal, even if the story never quite develops its main characters' love connection."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 42 out of 100, based on eight critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9]

See also[edit]

  • List of Christmas films


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (August 1, 2019). "Netflix Buys Spec 'Love Hard' By Danny Mackey & Ex-Lit Agent Rebecca Ewing; Wonderland Producing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 14, 2020). "Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang and 'Riverdale's Charles Melton To Star In Netflix Romantic Comedy 'Love Hard'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 15, 2020). "Darren Barnet, Harry Shum Jr., James Saito, Mikaela Hoover and Heather McMahan Join 'Love Hard'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Banse, Tom (November 16, 2020). "Lights, camera, action! 'Hollywood North' revved up despite COVID-19 — and because of it". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. November 27, 2020. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  6. ^ Anderson, Sarah (November 23, 2021). "Where Netflix's "Love Hard" was filmed in Metro Vancouver (PHOTOS)". Daily Hive. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  7. ^ "TOP 10 on Netflix in the World on November 7, 2021 • FlixPatrol". FlixPatrol. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
  8. ^ "Love Hard". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 3, 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ "Love Hard". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved November đôi mươi, 2021.

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