REVIEW: ‘Isn’t it Romantic’ has the laughs, charm to engage an audience

This isn’t the first time the romcom genre has been poked at in satirical fashion, and likely won’t be the last. In terms of quality, “Isn’t it Romantic” isn’t the best or worst of its kind, but falls somewhere in the middle.

“Romantic” centers on Natalie (Rebel Wilson) an architect who lives a fairly straightforward life, but is rather skeptical of love, largely because of her hatred of romantic-comedies.

Her worst nightmare is realized, though, when one day she wakes up in a generic romcom world, complete with perfect jobs, romantic rivals and even somewhat of a love triangle.

The fact that “Isn’t it Romantic” is quite meta means it’s naturally going to be predictable. As the film moves along, Natalie goes through the basic romcom tropes and meets each with cynicism.

Fortunately, the execution is largely on point here. The film has some really good jabs at romcom cliches while at the same time embracing a few of them. The latter actually gives the film some heart, too, with Natalie’s eyes getting opened here and there to things she hadn’t realized before.

Romantic
Courtesy New Line Cinema

Part of what helps the movie work is Wilson, who does have good comedic timing as an actress. Her comedic style especially plays well for the hot takes on the romcom genre, too.

The supporting cast is also helpful. Liam Hemsworth is quite funny as the stereotypical leading romantic interest and Brandon Scott Jones nearly steals the show at points, portraying a character meant to be a critique on the “gay best friend.”

Of course the film isn’t perfect. While the majority of jokes land, there are plenty that miss the mark. Plus the film could have probably dug a little deeper into the societal relationship with romcoms than just a few remarks at the bookends. Additionally, the whole set-up of how the whole movie takes place is kind of meh.

However, overall this is an alright movie to spend a few hours checking out on a weekend. It provides enough laughs and has enough charm to win a person over. 3.0 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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