Isn’t It Romantic (2019)

Because it’s not the end. They stop it there because what happens next is, like, really shit, and nobody will wanna see that.


This is a fun movie and, I think, most importantly it’s not cruel comedy. I think it tries a bit too hard to be subversive and self-aware but I think it largely succeeds.

Rebel Wilson plays Natalie, an architect who doesn’t like romantic comedies. She’s knocked out in a mugging attempt and when she comes to, surprise surprise, she finds herself living in a romantic comedy, complete with soft filters, gentle music and an occasional voiceover. No sex, though; it’s a PG13 romantic comedy, after all.

It’s not a large cast, aside from a few of the ensemble scenes, and Tom Ellis has a very charming cameo appearance. Rebel Wilson is probably one of my favourite actresses. We know she’s talented at physical comedy and it’s nice to see her in a more emotionally substantial role, even though this is a romantic comedy. It’s also a delight to see Adam DeVine playing such a sweet, if goofy, role. Liam Hemsworth was hilarious. It’s so hard not to draw comparisons to his brother, though. Priyanka Chopra plays the rather arrogant love rival in a rather endearing way and Betty Gilpin really shines playing two very different versions of the same character.

It’s a good movie for some light viewing and, without wanting to spoil things, the final/credit scene is a lot of fun.

One of the most important parts about this movie, for me, is that, at no point, is Rebel Wilson’s size even remarked upon. She is simply the lead of a romantic comedy and, as someone who carries a fair bit of extra weight herself, it means a lot. Part of the point of this movie is about learning to love oneself, as cliched as that sounds, but I think it’s a point well-made and well executed.

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