A Nice Girl Like You (2020)

Based on a well know memoir by Ayn Carrillo-Gailey. The film follows Lucy (Lucy Hale) who is part of a quartet.  Lucy enjoys playing the violin at significant events such as weddings and other types of big celebrations. Lucy is also in a relationship with her boyfriend. At the start of the film, it’s evident that Lucy is uncomfortable with her relationship, particularly when it comes to the bedroom department.

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But Lucy’s relationship turns for worse when her boyfriend is caught watching adult videos. Lucy is feeling frustrated and tired of having her boyfriend trying to make her be someone in the bedroom she isn’t, so she asks her boyfriend to choose between the adult films or her. Her boyfriend packs up, and Lucy is dumped. But Lucy begins to question what she knows about sex and what she might be missing out on. Lucy gets curious and determined to learn more, making a wild list.  She won’t be doing the researching on her own though.  Lucy is joined by her fellow quartet members who will give advice and join her on many trips, all to help Lucy find a new self-discovery and perhaps a new love interest along the way.

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The main character of Lucy was disappointing as a lead. She consistently makes unwise choices and comes across more of a follower when it comes to life.  It is sad to watch a girl like Lucy wanting to change many things and try to impress someone who would rather watch porn than be with her. I also found this character unfunny, silly and somewhat depressing for the full duration. What makes it even worse is that I feel the actress Lucy Hale is generally trying to bring something tangible to the screen. Lucy’s friends are a minor positive element in this film, particularly actor Adhir Kalyan. The film’s music, to my surprise, is the most positive element of this film even though it doesn’t always fit the tone or mood of the scene.

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As romance film, romance is present, but it’s hugely forced. The love interest shows up just about everywhere the lead character goes, including when she visits the sex shop for the very first time with her friend (yeah, what are the odds, yawn!). The process is the same over and over again. Lucy does something embarrassing, and in response the cute guy smiles, and thinks Lucy is excellent no matter what. It’s completely unrealistic and unbelievable as a romance.

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Let’s talk about the comedy. Most of the jokes here come from Lucy being surrounded by consistent awkwardness and put in uncomfortable situations. Lucy visiting an adult shop and putting on what she thought was lip gloss on her lips only to find it was a sexual enhancement is just one of the many examples. Immature gags, including a scene where a horse is passing wind and doing a massive poo as Lucy tries to focus on playing her violin at a wedding is just another prime example of poor taste. I’ll confess- no laughs were had from me during this entire film.

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Overall, I am incredibly disappointed with this film on so many levels. Lucy Hale once again is generally trying, but her character is weak, silly and filled with cringe moments from start to finish. The attempted humour here is awful and off-putting to the point that I almost turned the film off and gave up. The film’s plot is just sad and could have delivered a much better message such as it’s ok to be yourself or don’t let others influence you etc. Instead, the film is a mess with no real purpose or meaning, and when it tries, it changes its mind within seconds.  I’m surprised this film is based on a famous memoir, because for me it is a strong contender for the worst movie of 2020.

1.2/10

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In the present day, Miriam struggles to have a cheerful marriage and feels her relationship is near to divorce.  She and her husband return to her hometown to catch up with her younger sister and brother-in-law after being apart for many years. Miriam hopes that...

Freaky (2020)

‘The Butcher’ (Vince Vaughn) is a violent serial killer who takes joy in killing anyone who gets in his way. His focus is usually on young teenagers who enjoy hanging around together. He generally doesn't say much, but his large knife seems to do all the talking and...

Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob (2021)

Scooby-Doo and the gang are back in an all-new animated feature! Shortly after the gang solve yet another mystery, they make a strange discovery about Shaggy and his past. Thanks to a DNA test, it is revealed that Shaggy is related to someone from Camelot in medieval...

Superintelligence (2020)

Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) is an average person trying to make a difference in the world. She is currently single, seeking new work, and in her spare time, has a passion for helping animals find new homes. But Carol's kind nature attracts the eye of the...

The Tangle (2019)

Set in the future, our film is, in fact, a sci-fi murder mystery. The film begins with mysterious scenes and a voiceover claiming to be too old to be conducting such Sherlock Holmes type murder mysteries.  We then cut to an interrogation room called Point Mugu...

Slaxx (2020)

Libby (Romane Denis) has always dreamed of working in the retail store known as CCC's (aka Canadian Cotton Clothiers). She finally gets the opportunity to work as a salesclerk. Naturally, Libby is over the moon to represent and work with such a colossal clothing...

Hope Gap (2019)

Edward (Bill Nighy) & Grace (Annette Bening) are a couple who have been married for twenty-nine years. In the present day, the two live in a small town with stunning views- Hope Gap. The marriage has become a real struggle for each of them.  Each day is full...

Never Too Late (2020)

Jack Bronson (James Cromwell) is the newest arrival at a local nursing home.  Soon we learn the ex-Vietnam Vet has a top-secret mission of his own.  He hopes to be reunited with a love from his past and has unfinished business to complete.  But Jack...

Come True (2020)

Things are not looking too good for a young high school student named Sarah.  Sarah chooses to run away from her mother and refuses to go back home, sleeping the night at a local park.  But Sarah has issues when it comes to sleeping.  The worst part is...

Cosmic Sin (2021)

Cosmic Sin (2021) - Movie Review 7th March 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Annabelle (Kathie Lee Gifford) is a widow. Sick of living alone and in the past, she decides to pack her bags and go on a trip unlike anything before. Travelling with her husband's ashes in an...

Lucky (2020)

May (Brea Grant) is a writer who is well known for writing "How To" books. She is also known for writing blogs online and is a general influencer among women. May's publisher tells her that book sales have slowed down, but she will continue to do whatever she can to...

Russian Doll: Season One (2019)

Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is a woman who lives in New York City and works on creating and developing the latest video games. The series begins with Nadia in the bathroom. As she walks outside the bathroom, it's revealed that her close friends have put on a massive party...

Mork & Mindy: Season One (1978)

Nanu Nanu! Mork (Robin Williams) is an alien from the planet Ork. He's well known for being loud, quirky and quick to deliver several one-liners. While his leaders aren't overly fond of Mork and his cheeky nature, they require him for a mission unlike any other. Mork...

Possessor (2020)

Tasya (Andrea Riseborough) is an agent who works for a top-secret organization.  This organization consistently uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies. You see, when Tasya takes over someone's body, she can turn them into the ultimate...

Night Shift | Police (2020)

Our film begins with the introduction of officers Virginie (Virginie Efira), Erik (Gregory Gadebois) & Aristide (Omar Sy). The introduction of the film gives us a sneak peek of their personal lives and some of the drama each character is attempting to overcome....

Last Call (2019)

Beth (Sarah Booth) is having a frustrating evening. While driving to her night job as a janitor, she receives word about her twelve-year-old son who has yet to come home from going to the cinemas with a friend. She frantically contacts her babysitter while also trying...

Skyfire (2019)

The film begins with a young girl, Ming Li, and her two parents studying a volcano. During the testing process, the volcano erupts and takes the life of her mother.  Jumping forward to the present day, Ming Li (Hannah Quinlivan) is all grown up and now following...

Burn (2019)

Our film is set at a gas station which is open 24/7. Working on the evening shift are two young girls, Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) & Sheila (Suki Waterhouse). Melinda is generally a quiet and shy person who has been dealing with several personal matters. As a...

Followed (2018)

Mike is a famous influencer on social media. He is known for recording his fun live streams relating to horror stories with his username @dropthemike.  Mike is offered a massive sponsorship from a clothing label known as Haute Gothic on one condition; he reaches...

Boss Level (2021)

Roy (Frank Grillo) is an ex-special forces officer who, from the minute he wakes up in his bed, many people (aka skilled assassins!) are trying to kill him. You see, Roy is trapped in a never-ending time loop. Each day he lives, he learns more about what is going on,...

Awoken (2019)

Karla (Sara West) is a medical student who is passionate to learn everything relating to insomnia and understand the real cause.  This passion is fuelled by her brother, Blake (Benson Jack Anthony), suffering from a significant sleep disorder. The doctors in...

Shook (2021)

Mia (Daisye Tutor) is a superstar when it comes to her fame on social media. She is well known for promoting premium cosmetic products under her username @makeupbymia. While her social media profile shows the world nothing but perfection, in the real world, Mia is...

Jungleland (2019)

This film follows two brothers- Stanley (Charlie Hunnam) and Lion (Jack O'Connell). In the present, the two struggle to make ends meet but continue to focus on the world of bare-knuckle boxing. Stanley is the trainer and general manager, and Lion is the fighter with...

Gretel & Hansel (2020)

Based on the well-known fairy tale, this film follows two siblings, Hansel and Gretel.  The two come from a poor upbringing and are forced to knock on doors around the countryside seeking work, hoping to earn money to buy food. One evening as they return home...

Rage (1966)

Set within a small town, the film follows Dr Reuben (Glenn Ford).  He lives in a tiny town, so small that he is the town's only hope when people become unwell or fall pregnant. In the present day, Dr Reuben enjoys spending his spare time getting drunk and is...

The Little Things (2021)

Joe Deacon used to be a top detective until the workload and stress caught up with him.  Now, he is a Deputy Sheriff and has been requested to go back to his old Police Station in Los Angeles to collect evidence.  While trying to collect the required...

Long Story Short (2021)

Teddy (Rafe Spall) is a man who keeps putting things off. He can never seem to make time for others or even commit to booking in dates for major events in his life. We get to witness how Teddy met the love of his life, Leanne (Zahra Newman). After an awkward and yet...