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Official Discussion: Isn't It Romantic (2019) [SPOILERS]

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Summary:

For a long time, Natalie, an Australian architect living in New York City, had always believed that what she had seen in rom-coms is all fantasy. But after thwarting a mugger at a subway station only to be knocked out while fleeing, Natalie wakes up and discovers that she is self-aware of her existence in a "PG-13 Universe" and must escape every cliché in order to finally fall in love and achieve the happily ever after that will bring her back to reality.

Director:

Todd Strauss-Schulson

Writers:

screenplay by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox, Katie Silberman

story by Erin Cardillo

Cast:

  • Rebel Wilson as Natalie

  • Liam Hemsworth as Blake

  • Adam DeVine as Josh

  • Priyanka Chopra as Isabella

  • Betty Gilpin as Whitney

  • Brandon Scott Jones as Donny

  • Jennifer Saunders as Natalie’s mother

  • Tom Ellis as Doctor


Rotten Tomatoes: 66%

Metacritic: 61/100

After Credits Scene? No


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I have mixed thoughts on this. I felt like the movie mixed the mark. Half of the movie was funny and dismantled the rom-com tropes hysterically. The other half was just okay. The biggest issue IMO was the ending...the ending completely missed the mark. The entire movie was leading up to this point where she makes herself happy and could find fulfillment in her life. At the last second, she gets her dude and is weeping, "like omg this is the best feeling ever!!!!".....which is way offbeat from the moments prior to that. She should've just remained friends with Blake or the aftermath of being asked out (*she should've asked him out*) should've been more subtle. Also the dance number at the end was highly unnecessary. It just added to the run time of the film while contributing nothing plot wise. The dance number at the bar was awesome though and well done. I thought it overall just met the mark of being good but lost out at an opportunity to be great.

level 1

I think there's a cool story in there somewhere, but his approach didn't work for me. I think it would have had more impact if it were made more 'seriously,' like, keep the idea that she's trapped in this world, but show the tragedy that lives just beneath the thin veneer of happiness in rom-coms? Then again, *that* approach would never have been made.

As for the humor, I felt like I was watching a live comedy play, but nobody was laughing, so the actors ( as if they could hear us not laughing) kept pushing harder and harder for laughs.

Odd thing is, there were a few moments that were actually moving and heartfelt.

level 1

Can confirm: was a good makeout movie

level 1

This was actually way better than it had any right being. The gay BFF had me rolling

level 1

Just streamed this on Netflix. Liked it, it was a pretty fun, fluffy romantic comedy. I’m a lover of musicals but the musical number at the end just didn’t make its impact on me (I did like the one in the karaoke scene). The visuals were very nice, and the pacing and the script were pretty good, too.

level 2

You streamed it on Netflix? I had to go see it in theatres just now...

level 1

It's just like a worse version of I Feel Pretty.

level 2

I enjoyed it but I think 'I Feel Pretty' was a far better film. This has absolutely no substance to it. Which was okay, it offered an escape for an hour and a half, exactly what it set out to do.

level 3

Personally I liked ‘I Feel Pretty,’ better. But this film was adorable.

level 2
5 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

In concept, I can see where your mind is at but the execution is so much better. I feel like the premise works a lot better when the fish it of water character is the “one sane man” instead of the weirdo that everyone is reacting to. Also the visuals, production design, meta humor, etc that make up the “rom com world” do a great job at keeping you entertained till the end.

I’m not the target demo for either of these films. I don’t particularly like rebel Wilson (I’m really dreading the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake).

I did not like “I feel pretty” but I had a genuinely good time at “isn’t it romantic”

level 3

I had the exact opposite experience - and I despise Amy Schumer and generally really like Rebel Wilson. I don't think you can just say objectively that this premise works better one way or the other. But if you're going to, I'll say that objectively I Feel Pretty was directed and edited in a way that made it feel much more dynamic and well structured. Isn't It Romantic felt sedate and oddly paced - not the general story structure, which was normal, but scene by scene. Like the Ikea furniture of movies - it's...nice, but it doesn't all quite fit together the way you were sold on.

level 4

Interesting. I think the ‘sedate’ feeling was mostly an artifact of the artificial ‘love’ world setting but I 100% agree it had pacing problems. I edited my comment to reflect that it’s not objective, just my opinion.

level 5

The disconnect was there for me from the beginning, it was something I was thinking about by the time she was walking into work. Now, it did serve to isolate Natalie but given that it was so noticeable and tiring to me, it wasn't effective. By the time she was shouting "I'm in a truck-backing-up romantic comedy!" I was basically like, ok this entire movie was better off as a trailer.

level 6

I feel like it needed a B plot or something because there wasn’t enough material for a whole movie and they had to stretch it.

level 7

Ah yep, that really would have helped, although with the dream IDK how they would have woven that in. But that’s a good point, it was a bit thin to be the only storyline for an hour and a half.

level 8
3 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

it might have been fun to see random famous movie couples sprinkled throughout. Like the police precinct scene in “Last Action Hero” where you see T2 and some other famous cops. While they’re kissing in the rain you just see Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in their notebook costumes kissing

Or just cliché romances happening everywhere, getting increasingly ridiculous. Like if the food truck guy is fighting with another food truck owner at the beginning and then later through various scenes we see them kiss, breakup and reunite. Or if her office rival is the disposable fiancé in a love triangle we only catch glimpses of: “I hate you, Natalie you bitch. Almost as much as I hate the adorable childhood best friend of my rich fiancé! She’s so adorable he almost seems to forget he’s engaged to me

level 1
5 points · 1 month ago

Love the person with toilet paper on their shoe during the dance karaoke scene

level 1

Yes but mostly in Byron now.

level 1
21 points · 1 month ago

Liam Hemsworth went full Chris hemsworth

level 2

I forgot until reading this comment that it wasn't Chris Hemsworth, and I'm watching the movie right now.

level 1

Just watched this on Netflix. I loved the throwback songs used in this movie. Did anyone else feel that the sentimental instrumental music used for the more emotional scenes sounded very much inspired by the Once Upon A Time (tv series) theme song? My bf and I distinctively picked up on it, and was trying to look for information that they used OUAT as a source of inspiration.

level 1

Did anyone notice the name of her employer? Langley and Byron - I know Liam’s family is from Byron Bay and their is a Langley in Australia too. Is Rebel maybe from there?

level 2

I thought the family were from Melbourne?

level 1

Can someone explain the release strategy behind this movie? Theaters in the US, Netflix elsewhere, what happened?

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