Isn’t It Romantic is a satirical romantic comedy directed by Todd Strauss-chulson and written by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox, and Katie Silberman. Isn’t It Romantic follows a young woman who gets hit on the head and wakes up in a parallel world where everything around her plays out like a romantic comedy. The film has grossed over $47 million and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Wilson’s performance.
Isn’t It Romantic opens in Australia, during the early 1990s, with a young Natalie (Rebel Wilson) watching the romantic comedy, Pretty Woman. Natalie’s mother (Jennifer Saunders) crushes her spirit and enthusiasm by telling her that women like them (heavy set and not drop dead gorgeous) don’t get happy endings in real life.
Fast forward twenty-five years; Natalie is working as an architect in New York City. She has low self-esteem and is treated as a pushover by her colleagues. To add insult to injury, at a key meeting where Natalie was to present her ideas to a new handsome, billionaire, client named Blake (Liam Hemsworth), he mistakes her for an assistant and askes her to get him a cup of coffee. Humiliated, she storms out of the meeting and catches her friend/assistant, Whitney (Betty Gilpin) watching “The Wedding Singer”. Natalie reprimands Whitney then starts spewing cynical rants about romantic comedies and their clichés. Hoping to boost Natalie’s spirit, Josh (Adam DeVine) invites her to a karaoke bar but she declines.
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On her way home from the office, Natalie is accosted by a mugger on the subway. After a brief struggle in which she ultimately repels her attacker, she knocks herself unconscious by clumsily walking head-first into a steel girder. When Natalie wakes up, she finds herself in a hospital and is greeted by an attractive doctor, who immediately starts flirting with her. Unnerved and confused, Natalie leaves the hospital, walks outside and notices, New York now looks and smells much better than it usually does. Suddenly, she is almost hit by a limousine, which contains an apologetic, genial version of Blake, who is now speaking with an Australian accent. Blake drops her off at home, before leaving he writes his phone number on flower petals, which he then dumps haphazardly into her upturned hat. Still confused, Natalie enters her apartment, she finds it to be much larger and nicer than before. Her previously-unruly dog is now well-groomed and obedient, her closet is stocked with a dazzling array of clothes and shoes. So everything looks, smells, acts and appears better in a world that seems the same but is not.
Isn’t It Romantic is not a new concept but a very cute one with a message for those who are non-emphatic or bullies to others. This is a simple story and what I call a fill in when there’s nothing else available. The movie runs 1 hour 29 minutes and is really a teenage fantasy masquerading as an adult comedy. You probably can predict the rest of this story and be absolutely correct. I think it’s a decent comedy for a young person, however I don’t recommend you actually spend money to see it, unless you’re renting it from Amazon or Netflix. Isn’t It Romantic is not due to be released on DVD until May 21, 2019. Check It Out!
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Tagged Adam DeVine, Betty Gilpin, blake, Brandon Scott Jones, Donny, Dr. Todd, gary, Isabella, Jay Oakerson, Jennifer Saunders, Josh, liam hemsworth, natalie, Priyanka Chopra, Rebel Wilson, Tom Ellis, Whitney
San Andreas is another natural disaster movie for which we can do nothing about. The story revolves around the broken family of a helicopter rescue pilot, a Caltech Seismologist, a reporter, 2 youngsters visiting from England, a real estate developer and most of California and Nevada. Dr. Lawrence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) and his his colleague Dr. Kim Park (Will Yun Lee) have discovered that their research has paid off when they are able to predict earthquakes. Hoover Dam was the first to be hit with a 7.1 earthquake, killing almost everyone in the area and destroying the entire Dam. Because of the quake, Raymond (Dwayne Johnson) was called in to assist in the rescue efforts, preventing him from accompanying his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario) on a trip to San Francisco. Instead she hitched a flight with her wealthy step father to be, Daniel Riddick (Ioan Gruffudd). Once they arrived in San Francisco, Blake met Ben (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) and his little brother Ollie (Art Parkinson). Another earthquake hit and they were all caught in the largest recorded earthquake of 9.6 in history . The special effects were literally out of this world. The story was better than most of these disaster movies and the acting was excellent with many stars gracing the screen. Raymond spent his time trying to rescue his family but getting through all the debris and dodging the falling buildings is a whole other story. San Andreas is non-stop action with the usual destruction and problems one would encounter during such a phenomenon. Like most of these types of movies, a lot of the escape scenes were unbelievable but necessary to create the wow factor. Dwayne Johnson’s character is likable, which made the movie likable. San Andreas is good entertainment. I saw it in 3D because of all the special effects — I think it was worth the extra charge.
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Tagged alexandra daddario, art parkinson, ben, blake, california, caltech seismologist, daniel riddick, dr. kim park, dr. lawrence hayes, Dwayne Johnson, earthquake, hoover dam, hugo johnstone-burt, ioan gruffudd, nevada, ollie, paul giamatti, raymond, reporter, rescue pilot, san andreas, the rock, will yun lee
The best reality singing competition on TV. I can’t say enough about the set-up and comradery between the host and panel of judges. Whether it’s Adam Levine, Blake Sheldon, Celo Green and Christina Aguilera, or Adam, Blake, Usher and Shakira, the chemistry is awesome. There are 4 judges seated in luxury chairs that are facing opposite the stage. In other words, the judges cannot see who’s singing, they can only hear the candidate’s voice. That means color, appearance, shape, nor gender plays into the choosing of the singer. It’s purely based on talented voices. A judge can turn their chair if they want to choose the person singing, if not, their chair turns after the performance is over. If more than 1 judge turns their chair for a singer, the singer gets to choose which judge they want to have coach them. Contestants are pitted against one another after each judge has picked 16 potential candidates. Eventually the show goes live, allowing America to vote on their favorates. Each contestant is coached by their judge and a mentor of the judge’s picking to help train them for the live rounds. There are steals and lots of name calling and plotting between the judges, which makes for a delightful, fun show. Check this one out, it’s better than XFactor or American Idol. I’ve been watching since the show began and it always makes my day. The Voice currently airs on NBC.
Posted in LOCAL TV & CABLE CRITIQUES, Reality
Tagged adam, blake, celo, chairs, chemistry, christina, judge, shakira, singing competition, the voice, usher