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THE MOVIE: A Lot Like Love

Ashton Kutcher • Amanda Peet
DIRECTOR: Nigel Cole

Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher THE CONCEPT:
Romantic comedy about a pair of twentysomethings, Oliver (Kutcher) and Emily (Peet), and their friendship that spans seven years, where they discover that perhaps what they have between them is something a lot like love.

U.S. RELEASE: April 22 2005, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


ďI think that the appeal of Oliver is that heís relatable. I think that guys in general feel like they have to attain a certain personal status in their mind before they can be in a relationship. Itís like, ĎI donít know who I am yet. But Iím going to be who I am as soon as I get this and this and this. Then I donít have to worry about trading up.í Itís like, ĎRight now Iím at this level and so I can get this kind of girl. And then when I get here Iím going to trade up, so why even go through it, Iíll just wait until I get there.í The truth is that youíre never there, but youíre always there. I think thatís a very relatable place for guys.Ē

ďI guess I donít believe in love at first sight. I definitely believe in a lot of chemistry and lust at first sight. But I think that love is something that takes work. As you can see in the movie, I think that timing is everything. People have to be ready and open, and I think thatís what the movie is about.Ē

KUTCHER on his and Peetís nude scene:
ďI like being nude as often as I can! No, itís really not that great for me. For other people, I like them being nude, but not me so much. Itís this awkward thing and youíre completely exposed. I had this banana thong with like a catcherís mitt to wear. Itís was a little awkward.Ē

ďWe were about halfway through the shoot when we had to do that.Ē

ďI think that we were both so insecure about ourselves that we werenít really looking at anyone else.Ē

ďSpeak for yourself.Ē

ďWe were on a soundstage and we werenít actually outside. So I think that kind of helped, because itís a little bit more private.Ē

KUTCHER on the difference between Ďa lot like loveí and love:
ďThatís a difficult question for me because Iím somewhat of a love cynic, in that I donít know if itís truly like a hundred percent attainable everyday in the human form. But I think that to me love is when your desire for someone else is greater than your desire for yourself, or equal to that. Thatís a very tricky thing to attain. I think that a lot like love is what most of us call love.Ē

ďI think that the idea of the movie is that it is real love, and was strong from the get go. The only difference is the ability to talk around and around it, and tell each other that the timing isnít right, or that youíre moving to San Francisco, or that you need to do A, B and C before you can commit. But really if the thing is there, itís there and thatís what the movie is about.Ē

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