- Origin: 21/25
- Story: 19/25
- Camera/SFX: 20/25
- Performance: 22/25
New York City architect Natalie works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare — a romantic comedy — and she is the leading lady.
- Rated: PG-13 (Some sexual material and language)
- Genre: Comedy and Romance
- Directed by: Todd Struass-Schulson
- Written by: Dana Fox, Erin Cardillo and Katie Silberman
- Release date: 13th February, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 89 minutes
- Studio: New Line Cinema
|Brandon Scott Jones||Donny|
|Jennifer Saunders||Natalie’s Mum|
This was a funny and interesting world of cliche ideas that were nicely executed. The different references to other romantic comedy films was awesome, you knew this film wasn’t take it itself too seriously, which I liked. All the characters were a bit stereotypical, so maybe they could have spiced it up a little to make the humour different. Making it PG-13 was a nice touch, every swear was bleeped out by something different every time, making the joke not wear too thin. Not perfect however, I felt Whitney’s alternate character did get me laughing nor did I see a point to her.
The narrative was structured and seemed to flow quite well. Very basic arc, but still made me laugh at points. What this film needed was to change the romance to something fresh or maybe just something with more of a twist. By the end of this I liked it but it never was a wow moment, just more short term giggles. What annoyed me the most was that the story was predictable and so it ruined a few of the jokes, as you look closer into this film you notice less stand out stuff as it is like other films.
Clever and had a good impact on the film. The lighting was probably one of the best things, you could clearly tell the difference from the romantic world to the real world. Camera shots were well placed, like the zoom out wide of when Natalie shouts “I’m in a romantic comedy and its PG-13”. These moments gave it spark and did make it enjoyable to watch. The effects were ok, some created great humour, but overall was mediocre at best.
Rebel Wilson was a great person for this role, her drive and wit made it all the better. Rebel paired with Liam Hemsworth was hilarious, his charm and humour made for really awkward and funny moments, you just wanted to see more of them. But my favourite would have to be Adam Devine, he is like a younger Jack Black, full of talent and humour that is bursting to come out. He was a great lover for Rebel to fall in love with.