The Book of Love (film)

The Book of Love is a 2016 American drama film directed and rewritten by Bill Purple from an original script by Robbie Pickering featuring Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Jason Sudeikis, Mary Steenburgen, Orlando Jones, and Paul Reiser.

The Book of Love
The Book of Love 2016 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBill Purple
Written by
  • Robbie Pickering
  • Bill Purple
Produced by
  • Jessica Biel
  • Mike Landry
  • Chuck Pacheco
  • Michelle Purple
  • Carlos Velazquez
CinematographyJames M. Muro
Edited byTara Timpone
Music byJustin Timberlake
  • C Plus Pictures
  • Campfire
  • Iron Ocean Films
  • Nine Nights
Distributed byElectric Entertainment
Release date
  • April 14, 2016 (2016-04-14) (Tribeca)
  • January 13, 2017 (2017-01-13) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film had its world premiere under its original title The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, 2016. It was released in the United States on January 13, 2017, by Electric Entertainment.


After the accidental death of his free-spirited pregnant wife, Penny, reserved architect Henry struggles to find meaning in his life and in the work that once consumed him. As he continues to work on the house he and Penny were building together, Henry is drawn to a mysterious young runaway named Millie whom Penny had asked Henry to help. Though Millie mistrusts Henry at first, the two build a tentative friendship as she reveals her ambition to build a raft to go find her father who was lost at sea. Taking on the father role he was meant to have, Henry neglects his job and other responsibilities to help Millie on her quest. As they work together, he comes to understand that she can help him to heal as much as he can help her. As Millie prepares to leave, Henry is briefly angered when he discovers that Millie possesses the first photograph Penny ever took of the two of them and the news article about her death, but this anger is forgotten when Millie is struck in the head by her sail and nearly drowns. Learning that Millie simply saw Penny's accident, Henry expresses gratitude that someone else was with his wife when she died. In the end, Henry joins Millie as they set sail together across the Atlantic.



In May 2012, Jessica Biel, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, were cast in the film, with Bill Purple directing from a screenplay by Robbie Pickering. Justin Timberlake served as the composer and music supervisor, Biel also served as a producer on the film, alongside Michelle Purple, Ross M. Dinerstein and Darby Angel, under their Iron Ocean Films, Preferred Content, and AngelWorld banners respectively.[1][2] In March 2015, Jayson Warner Smith, Orlando Jones, Paul Reiser, Maisie Williams and Jason Sudeikis joined the cast of the film.[3][4][5]


The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 14, 2016.[6] Shortly after, Electric Entertainment acquired U.S distribution rights to the film.[7] It went onto screen at the Heartland Film Festival and Napa Valley Film Festival.[8][9] The film was released into theaters on January 13, 2017.[10]


Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 8% based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 3/10.[11] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 27 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12]


The film's soundtrack entitled The Book of Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was composed by Justin Timberlake and Mitchell Owens and was released on January 13, 2017.[13]

Track listingEdit

1."One of Those Stories" 2:43
2."Temerity" 0:41
3."So" 2:05
4."It's Just Its Nature" 2:30
5."She Likes the Rain" 1:15
6."I Designed It" 0:44
7."T-Bup" 0:58
8."The Shit" 2:59
9."That We Matter" 1:00
10."Pajamas" 1:21
11."I'm Sorry" 0:57
12."The Journal" 4:13
13."Wink and Mug" 0:56
14."The Detritus" 2:09
15."As Dreamers Do" 0:50
16."The Munchies" 1:13
17."As Dreamers Still Do" 1:43
18."It's a Raft" 1:59
19."Treads" 1:04
20."The Ballad of David Pearlman" 2:19
21."Who Was That?" 0:28
22."A Phenomena" 1:05
23."The Whole World is Crazy" 3:44
24."Now We Just Need Some Help" 2:50
25."Really Something" 1:24
26."Like a Hurricane" 1:14
27."She Was..." 1:45
28."The People that Left a Mark" 3:07
29."The Book of Love"3:38
30."We'll Make It" 2:40
31."It's Just Our Story" 4:16
  • "The Book of Love" features uncredited vocals by Timberlake. It is a cover of the Magnetic Fields song of the same name.


  1. ^ Pamela McClintock (21 May 2012). "Cannes 2012: Chloe Moretz, Jessica Biel to Star in 'Deep Blue Sea'; Justin Timberlake to Compose". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (May 21, 2012). "AngelWorld Dives Into 'Devil And The Deep Blue Sea'; Biel, Moretz, Morgan To Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Jeff Sneider (6 March 2015). "'Rectify's' Jayson Warner Smith Joins Jessica Biel in 'The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  4. ^ Prudom, Laura (March 4, 2015). "'Sleepy Hollow' Star Orlando Jones Joins 'The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea'". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Dore, Shalini (March 18, 2016). "Paul Reiser on Early Role in 'Diner' and Working With Will Smith in 'Concussion'". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Kemmerle, Karen. "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea". tribeca. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  7. ^ Jafaar, Ali (May 13, 2016). "Electric Entertainment Acquires U.S. And Canada For Jason Sudeikis-Jessica Biel Pic 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Heartland Film Festival Announces The Book of Love starring Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams and Jessica Biel for Opening Night of its 25th Anniversary - Heartland Film". Heartland Film Festival. 21 September 2016. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  9. ^ "The Book of Love". Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  10. ^ "The Book of Love". Movie Insider. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Book of Love (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Book of Love Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Book of Love (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes Store. Retrieved January 12, 2017.

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