The Perfect Date review “The same as always”

The Perfect Date movie posterThere are only so many new formulas a romantic comedy can take. Soon, the magic of the boy-meets-girl meet cute starts to wear off, and you’re just left with the same old movie, but with different people playing the same characters. The most successful rom-coms tend to follow formulas of their own creation, bringing something new and exciting to the world of love. Netflix’s newest release, The Perfect Date, tries to do just that: but does it succeed?

The Perfect Date follows Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo), a kid from the poor side of town who has big dreams, but not a lot of money to follow them through. After being paid to take a girl (in this case, Laura Marano of Austin & Ally fame) on a date, he devises a plan to become rentable: he’ll go with you wherever you want to go, as whoever you want to go with. Basically, he’s a non-illegal male gigolo who doesn’t have a human pimp but has an app instead. Sound interesting? Continue reading

Isn’t it Romantic review “I’m not crying, you’re crying”

Isn't it Romantic posterThe romantic comedy, one of my favorite genres, having given us such fantastic films like 10 Things I Hate About You, Bridget Jones Diary, and so many others. Well, in a move that has never been attempted before, a new film is attempting to parody and make fun of the rom-com. Isn’t it Romantic is the latest of that incredibly niche genre of poking out all the flaws in rom-coms, and after seeing the trailer, I was pretty pumped for it. 80s music, some good jokes, and Lucifer himself, Tom Ellis in a cameo?

I was anticipating this one pretty heavily, so when I saw it on Valentine’s day in a sold out auditorium, I took that as a good sign. 88 minutes later, I walked out of that auditorium with a giant smile on my face. Isn’t it Romantic is definitely my favorite movie of the year so far, and let me tell you why. Continue reading

Sierra Burgess is a Loser review “The kind of movie teenagers shouldn’t watch”

Sierra Burgess is a Loser posterNetflix have been releasing their fair share of rom-coms recently. All of them are slightly different, but not so much that you would be bothered about which one you were watching. However, following their latest release, Sierra Burgess is a Loser, I can safely say that this one is very much different.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser follows Sierra (Shannon Purser), a high schooler who is ostracised for being slightly chubby and very clever. She becomes embroiled in a catfishing debacle when resident popular girl, Veronica (Kristine Froseth), gives Sierra’s number to rival school quarterback , Jamey (Noah Centineo). Continue reading

Set It Up review “A Cyrano for the ages?”

Set it Up posterThere’s nothing quite like a good romantic comedy. The cute moments that bring a smile to your face, the heartbreaking break-ups, the silly, overacted moments that make you laugh out loud. So, when Netflix released Set It Up, a rom-com starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, I was more than excited to see whether or not it lived up to my high expectations.

Set It Up follows Harper (Deutch), assistant to feisty sports writer Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Charlie (Powell), assistant to the arrogant and competitive Rick (Taye Diggs). Harper and Charlie hatch a plan to ‘Cyrano’ their bosses in order to gain more time for themselves. However, it soon becomes apparent that they have ‘Cyrano’d’ themselves instead. Continue reading

When We First Met review “A lost cause”

When We First Met posterThe romantic comedy. No other movie genre has come so far, seen so much and produced so little in terms of good films. The latest Netflix release, When We First Met, is no exception to this.

The film follows Noah (Adam Devine) who is in love with Avery (Alexandra Daddario). However, shockingly, Avery doesn’t love Noah, but Noah loves Avery. Many rom-com cliches later, Noah ends up in a photo booth that can travel in time. He utilises this discovery in order to make Avery fall in love with him, instead of her amazingly perfect boyfriend Ethan (Robbie Amell). Continue reading