“They’ll never make a movie about girls like us, and you know why? Because it would be so sad that they’d have to sprinkle Prozac on the popcorn or people would kill themselves”- Natalie’s Mum
Rebel Wilson stars as Natalie, a New York dwelling architect who doesn’t believe in true love and really doesn’t believe in the picture painted by romantic comedies. Unlike the architects of traditional romcoms, Natalie is just doing OK. She has her own apartment, she has a group of friends, but life isn’t all beautiful high-rise living and weekends in the Hamptons. Rather than designing the brand new hotel, she is designing the garage. That is until she gets mugged one day and ends up in a parallel world where she lives the life of a rom-com heroine. Suddenly the grubby and unfriendly New York streets are transformed into a clean and welcoming place, filled with helpful strangers all willingly offering compliments and help.
Rebel Wilson does the usual Rebel Wilson thing. That is to say, you are never quite sure if she is being deliberately deadpan or if she just can’t act. Either way, her performance actually works well in this context as she blindly bumbles her way from real life into the imaginary world and back again. Some fun performances from supporting cast members keep things entertaining, with special mentions needing to go to Betty Gilpin (Glow) for her excellent dorky friend/bitchy enemy double and also to Liam Hemsworth who fully embraces his eye candy status as the clearly-quite-horrible love interest.
Isn’t it Romantic (note no question mark) is a fun, cynical look at romance and the tropes of romantic comedies that perversely will also entertain folk who just love love. Playing with some of the key cliches, (the make-over montage, the gay best friend) and embracing others Todd Strauss-Schulson and co-manage to keep a good balance between all-out shunning of traditional romantic love while embracing the joy of love itself.
Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Cast: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine