Rom Com

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is too slight and trivial even by teen movie standards, but I’m hoping it will make its young viewers talk to each other more.  So many misunderstandings and rumours in Sofia Alvarez’s stalled screenplay would’ve been squashed if people had stopped their worrying and had simple conversations with other characters.

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Paper Year

Fleeting moments of marital bliss is the subject of Rebecca Addelman’s Paper Year, a film that explores the tumultuous first year of marriage between two millennials living precariously in Los Angeles.  Although largely sympathetic to its central couple, Paper Year often feels like it would have more potential as a cautionary tale for young lovers trying to make it big in the entertainment industry.  Though, perhaps it is the balance between sympathy and cautionary that…

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Love Jacked

Maya (22 Jump Street’s Amber Stevens West) is left scrambling when she finds her fiancé “fooling around” with another girl.  Having met the man of her dreams while visiting Africa, she returns home with a lie that will convince her parents that she still has her life on track.  A kind stranger named Malcolm (Shamier Anderson) meets Maya during his own panic as a greedy former friend (Tyrell played by Lyriq Bent) chases him down….

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Home Again

By: Jessica Goddard Home Again is for Hollywood, by Hollywood, about Hollywood.  If you can deal with that, you might enjoy this safe and well-meaning romantic comedy.  Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s Home Again (a title which never ends up making any sense) is rarely laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s often endearing in a snort-and-smile kind of way.

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Bakery in Brooklyn

I’ve criticized romantic comedies for being too quirky, too plucky, and too light.  However, it’s been because these over-saturated films have also tried to sell audiences phoney sentimentality while peddling hammy humour – it’s an uneven combo.  Bakery in Brooklyn picks one side and sticks with it, which is why it’s receiving a hearty recommendation.

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Better Off Single

After a string of disheartening rom-coms, I really thought Better Off Single was going to cheer me up.  It had a few good laughs out of the gate, and it was neat to see what Aaron Tveit could do with a sadsack role after wowing audiences in FOX’s Grease LIVE! as T-Bird Danny Zuko.  Unfortunately, writer/director Benjamin Cox provides an excitable energy that becomes the film’s worst enemy.

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Look Again

Look Again has an interesting concept, but stops at its moral dilemma.  It even feels like it begins fifteen minutes into its own story, not giving audiences a fair chance to bite into any leading characters.  The film is filled with ideas and questions and confrontations that are better suited for a stage show developed by a flavourful improv troupe.

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No Stranger Than Love

No Stranger Than Love is known around the Wylie household for its unofficial working title I’ve coined – the ‘Alison Brie Hole-in-the-Floor’ movie.  However, the only memorable aspects of Nick Wernham’s rom-com are those two details – the former Community actress and the bottomless pit that randomly sprouts in her living room and gobbles up a promiscuous co-worker (Colin Hanks).