Romantic comedies sometimes have to go for or against some of their rules. Everyone knows that the lead character has to be irresistibly attractive and people will notice the attraction to each other even before the characters do.
The scenes have to be bright even if they are set in a city that is not interesting at all. The leads also must have a sexless of an oversexed best friend who has no personal story, even though the woman is clumsy and adorable at the same time.
Isn’t It Romantic is an anti-rom-com out on Netflix and starts Rebel Wilson as Natalie. Her mother, played by Jenner Saunders tells her that girls like her do not have a chance in marriage unless someone who wants a visa comes along and marries them.
Natalie carries this skepticism for lacking self-confidence and romance as an adult even when she relocates to New York working as an architect. All the men here treat her as a coffee girl instead of the qualified professional who designs a new hotel.
Natalie is mugged in the subway, violently hits her head only to wake up in the hospital. However, instead of waking up in an emergency room filled with overworked physicians, she is greeted by a seemingly hot doctor in a private wind with flowers and flattering lighting. She has woken up in her worst nightmare.
Natalie’s life morphs into a romantic comedy replete with rom-com tropes that she mocked a few minutes earlier.
She is surrounded by different people who include style guru and crampy gay neighbor, a female work rival, Betty Gilpin who always rocks impossibly high heels. A smoldering stranger who knocks her down with his car (Liam Hemsworth), her kind best friend (Devine) who’s the right match for her but she does not see it. The soundtrack is replete with all the radio hits one would expect to hear on a valentine’s day CD.
After throwing Natalie into her parallel universe, Inst it Romantic makes fun of very rom-com clichés because it is satirical and entertaining even for those misanthropic non-rom-comers.
Wilson can portray awkward Natalie especially due to her self-deprecating and over the edge sense of humor that resembles the character who is at times disconcerting. Wilson’s ability to lean on gawky, floundering and somewhat caustic archetype is somehow endearing to her fans. However, if the movie went beyond 90 minutes, things would have changed, maybe for bad.
On the other hand, Isn’t it Romantic falls short when it fails to subvert the same rules it set out and doesn’t help itself but goes close to the genre I which exists. Even as such, it is absorbing and lively.
About Rebel Wilson
She may be the scene-stealing Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, but Rebel Wilson is a uniquely infectious confident, funny, daring and down to earth. The Australian-born actress’s journey to success has not been easy.
Born on March 2nd, 1980 in Sydney, Rebel term herself as a shy little girl, but developed her confidence from an early age. He continues to dominate Hollywood with her immense talent.
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