At a young age, Natalie (Rebel Wilson) had always dreamed of finding the perfect partner to love, just like in the movies. The only catch is, in the present-day Natalie doesn’t believe in true love and claims the film are nothing but fake lies, holding out little hope in life when it comes to love.
One day while catching the train home from work a mugger punches Natalie in her stomach (yes, a guy hits her) and while she is fighting the mugger, Natalie runs into a pole and gets completely knocked out. Waking up in Hospital, Natalie’s world is now a PG “Romantic Comedy”. The men who were rude to Natalie previously are now are smooth charmers. Including one of Natalie’s clients, Blake (played by Liam Hemsworth- not Thor, the other brother lol) and all other people around her are falling in love at every moment. But wait, there’s more! Her new best friend is now a gay guy, and her apartment is wholly transformed and full of everything a girl could ever want. Natalie is the only one aware of her new, changed and improved world. Natalie will now experience perfect love, just like in the movies.
If you think of any romcoms you’ve have ever seen, this film pays tributes to those films with lots of nods- Pretty Woman, My Best Friends Wedding, When Harry Met Sally are a few to name. The film even pays tribute with a couple of song and dance items which is no surprise for the Pitch Perfect star.
As the film began, I was extremely disappointed with the film’s pacing, and especially disappointed with the style of filming that was used. Panning shots are blurred, and the film’s cuts and edits were just downright bizarre and wrong. Thankfully the film does get better, but it’s not until nearly halfway through the film’s duration. Like most romantic comedies, we also have a heartfelt message, but the execution and lead up to this crucial element is poorly done and misses the mark by a long shot.
As far as it being a comedy with Rebel Wilson as the lead, if you’ve seen her work previously, then you will know what to expect. To my surprise, it’s actor Liam Hemsworth who delivers a few new surprising gags.
Overall, this is a brainless romcom which focuses on and highlights many romantic comedies we have all grown up with. There are gags to be had, but the film’s terrible introduction and poorly delivered heart message are just some of the elements which cost the film, causing it to go straight to digital instead of being something truly loved at first sight.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden