Purple Hearts (2022) review – a deeply felt tale about fake marriage

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: July 30, 2022 (Last updated: March 16, 2024)


Purple Hearts is a heartfelt romance film that is more gritty than several other Netflix romance films. It’s cute and emotional, and with the occasional funny moment, Purple Hearts is a nice watch for the weekend.

This review of the Netflix film Purple Hearts (2022) does not contain any spoilers.

In the latest film from Netflix, Purple Hearts stars Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine as Cassie and Luke, a couple of broke individuals desperate for cash. Cassie needs money to cover her medical insurance, while Luke needs cash to pay off his drug dealer. And since Luke has recently enlisted into the marines, he suggests that if they marry each other, it’ll cover all of their problems. What could possibly go wrong? Well, watch and you’ll find out.

The nice part of Purple Hearts is that it moves away from the cheesiness of other romance films. Instead, it brings some real-life issues and blends them into the neat little story that Purple Hearts tells its audience in just over two hours. If the film could be compared to anything, it would be A Star Is Born. Like the 2018 film, Purple Hearts has happiness, sadness, and a song for every occasion. Whilst Purple Hearts may not have the same emotional impact, it is still very heartfelt, and it’s hard not to grow attached to the characters during the course of the film.

The film, which is based on Tess Wakefield’s 2017 book of the same name, moves as you would expect with this kind of film. And what I mean by that is that you sense when there’s going to be a turning point, whether that’s character or story-wise. And whilst Tess Wakefield may be more known for producing fiction for young readers, the novel was her first solely aimed at adult readers. Even so, whether you’re an adult or teenager, you should be able to enjoy Purple Hearts.

Fans of Sofia Carson will be pleased with the film. Not only is she the lead actress, but she co-writes the film’s soundtrack and acts as executive producer. It might not be a perfect film, but I can guarantee there’s far worse to watch. The leading stars, Sofia Carson and Nicholas Galitzine, play decent roles, and it feels safe to say that it won’t be the last that you’ll see of them on the big screen.

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