The main “fantasy” section of the film is laugh out loud funny. There are absurd romantic situations and nods to Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Bridget Jones’ Diary, When Harry Met Sally, Serendipity and more. Noticing these nuggets from rom-coms past is probably the best part of the film.
Umm wait, that part is really good too. And this one, can’t forget this one.
In all seriousness it was nice to see the fun side of Liam Hemsworth instead of watching him brooding about The Capitol, shooting alien invaders, or inexplicably fawning over Miley Cyrus.
I Got Issues
The film’s opening and closing sections, where Natalie is in her real life coping with her job and her status as an “invisible woman,” are lacking. Some of the film’s early jokes fall flat. I watched the beginning of the movie thinking “Oh, we’re meant to laugh here, but it didn’t really work”. Sadly the concluding clichés of “love thyself” and “how come I never noticed how awesome that guy is” overshadow a charming revelation at the end.
Hope for the Future
Ultimately, Isn’t It Romantic is a fun film for a date or a girls’ night out. If you go in expecting to be entertained and have a few laughs then you won’t be disappointed. The film was accompanied by a trailer for one of Rebel’s next movies, a female centric remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
It looks promising. Hopefully these ladies have be given a stronger script.