Basically, all romantic comedies follow the same rules; the lead characters are usually a smoking hot female and a great looking male who don’t know they are attracted to each other throughout the movie until the end, yet everyone else notices it from the start.
The background scenery of the movie is always bright and cheerful no matter what city it takes place in. And let’s not forget the lead character’s sexless or oversexed sidekick with no life of her own who is clumsy yet adorable.
The movie “Isn’t it Romantic” that’s now out on Netflix, is intended to be an anti-rom-com. Rebel Wilson plays the heroine Natalie, whose mother tells her — at a very young age — that the only way girls like them will find someone to marry them, is if a guy needs a visa. This gives Natalie a lack of self-confidence and makes her very skeptical when it comes to romance, which she carries with her while growing up. Read more: Isn’t it Romantic Trailer | Glamour and Isn’t it Romantic Trailer | Glamour
The film switches to the current day in New York, where the Aussie is an architect working on designs for a new hotel yet she is treated like a goffer girl by all the men rather than the qualified professional that she is.
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When she gets mugged in a subway and hits her head violently, Natalie passes out, then wakes up in the hospital only to find that nothing is as it should be. Rather than waking up in a grungy emergency room with a doctor who is gruff, overworked, and understaffed, Natalie is surprised to find herself in a private room with perfect lighting and flowers everywhere, not to mention she has a dashing doctor and she looks glamorous herself with her face all made up.
You would think any girl would love this setup, but the truth is this is Natalie’s worst nightmare; a life of a romantic comedy that she was just mocking 15 minutes ago complete with the guru style gay neighbor, a female rival at work (Betty Gilpin), who wears extremely high heels, the unexpected stranger (Liam Hemsworth) who hits her with his car by accident, and the best friend (Devine) who is the best fit for her only she doesn’t see it that way.
Of course, such a candy-colored world deserves a soundtrack that you would expect to hear playing on Valentine’s Day as it includes music by Donna Lewis, Vanessa Carlton, Annie Lennox, and more.
The movie takes advantage of being able to mock all the cheeky spirited rom-com clichés’ as Natalie s thrown into a parallel universe type fantasy. Isn’t it Romantic, is entertaining and humorous, even for those among us who are non rom-comers.
The awkward Nancy is perfectly cast by Wilson, with her specific brand of a slightly flinched sense of humor and self-deprecating character who’s bewildered at times.
Whether you are a fan of Wilson’s or not as she does tend to lean toward the klutzy, slightly caustic, wallowing, archetype, you will actually find her endearing in this movie. Of course, it’s only 90 minutes long; a little more and she may have gone back to her gawky self.
But all in all, isn’t it romantic turned out to be better than expected for a rom-com movie.
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