Coming to blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers is this surprisingly fun rom-com starring Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Priyanaka Chopra and Liam Hemsworth. And honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at how cute and enjoyable it is.
Wilson plays Natalie an unhappy woman who works as an architect, but more often is the low person on the totem pole and her skills are ignored. She’s upset, accepts her place in life, and gets into a hefty argument with her assistant, Whitney (Betty Gilpin) about how stupid romantic comedies are.
She details all the flaws, the ridiculousness, and the cliches that are the expected norms for those types of films. Then when she ends up being knocked unconscious during a mugging she wakes up in the very thing she hates, a romantic comedy.
The film shines with its details, the shift in New York City, from grimy to picture perfect is filled with lots of little things, cupcake and flower shops everywhere, and almost all of the extras are paired off in couples engaging in some romantic behavior.
Natalie knows the rules and thinks she has the plot figured out, but through a couple of musical numbers, censored swearing, and loss of sex scenes she has to figure out who she’s supposed to love.
It’s silly, fun, and surprisingly cute. This one was not what I expected, and consequently I found myself chuckling quite a bit. In fact this is a rom-com for those people who hate rom-coms.
And if you know the genre, if you recognize iconic lines, the film is filled with tons of fun references, and it’s fun to see the film take the mickey out of them, while still paying homage to them.
The blu-ray makes all the colors of the romantic version of New York pop brilliantly, and the entire film is a deluge of color and joy, whether it’s played sarcastically or honestly, and it’s just so much fun. I usually hate a musical number, but the ones in this film are done with such a playful sense of joy verging on irony that you can’t help but be caught up in it.
And most importantly the film has a solid message.
There isn’t much in the way of extras, but that isn’t why you watch a movie like this. There’s a look at the musical numbers, as well as a collection of deleted scenes.
So if you’re looking for that fun date movie that isn’t like all the other rom-coms out there, this one is worth a look. Grab a bottle of wine, cuddle up, throw this one on and laugh and love your way through it.
Isn’t It Romantic is available on blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers.