‘Set It Up’: A Revival of the Classic Rom-Com

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Netflix recently released a new romantic comedy called Set It Up. This movie is about two assistants, Harper and Charlie (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell), who set up their bosses, Kristen and Rick (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs), in hopes that it will make their bosses less work obsessed and give them some free time.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have heard a lot about this movie. People seem to be loving it. The classic Romantic Comedy genre has been seemingly dead these past few years and everyone is feeling like Set It Up has revived the old, formulaic Rom-Com.

As a lover of cheesy Rom-Coms myself, I have to say I agree! This movie was just so cute. I loved the characters Deutch and Powell play and got so into them. Also, Pete Davidson (AKA Ariana Grande’s fiance) has a small role as Powell’s character’s best friend and I loved it.

Another thing I loved about this movie was that while it is a total cliche Rom-Com, it also makes fun of cliche Rom-Coms. It does this through the process of Harper and Charlie trying to figure out how to set up their bosses. For instance, when they first start the process they are trying to figure out how to instigate a meet cute.

Also, the on-screen chemistry between Deutch and Powell is enough to make even a Rom-Com skeptic swoon. Their relationship is able to progress so effortlessly, while remaining believable because of the undeniable chemistry between the actors.

 
Honestly, Set It Up is such a great feel good movie. It has relatable characters with great chemistry and self aware humor. A genre that used to be heavily made fun of, is now truly missed, and its comeback seems to have began with Set It Up.


My Rating: 82%

Acting: 3.5/4

Cinematography: 2.8/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability: 3.8/4

 

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‘Flower’: A Great Dark Comedy…Until the End

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

Flower follows rebellious 17-year-old Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) as her and her friends Kala (Dylan Gelula) and Claudine (Maya Eshet) attempt to be vigilantes who catch men who have sex with underage girls, and blackmail them into giving them money.

Erica is living with her mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) and her mom’s boyfriend Bob (Tim Heidecker) when Bob’s son Luke (Joey Morgan), who has just got out of rehab, moves in with them. As Erica and Luke grow closer, he joins Erica and her friends as they try to take down Will (Adam Scott), a former teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted Luke. Things quickly spiral out of control.

One of the best parts about this film was its comedy. It has the perfect amount of dry humor that makes you laugh while considering the film’s central theme of inappropriate sexual relationships. The comedy in this film was so successful because it served a purpose by connecting to the central theme of the film.

Flower featured a phenomenal cast, and it showed. The performances in this film were amazing. Zoey Deutch’s delivery of her lines was perfect. Her character said so many absurd things and she gave them this dry, sarcastic delivery that fit the character perfectly. Additionally, all the actors had amazing chemistry. They all fit together just as they needed to for the story, and it made the characters and the story so much more engaging.

Honestly, I was absolutely loving this film…until the end. Up until about the last 10 minutes of the film, it had been amazing. It was funny, had some stellar acting performances, and an insane story that kept you on the edge of your seat. The plot was working so well and then all of a sudden I was like, “wait, what is happening right now?”

I won’t spoil what the ending is, but let me just say it is very abrupt and will likely have you wondering why they went the route they did with it. I’ve thought about this a lot since I’ve seen the film and I think they really were just continuing their commentary on inappropriate sexual relationships, but it just didn’t work for me. I think there were a lot more plausible endings that would have worked much better and still kept the central message of the film.

Flower is mostly a great film. It wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries. It was funny, showcased amazing acting performances, and was captivating. Although the ending was quite disappointing, the movie as a whole was pretty dang good.


My Rating: 86%

Acting: 4/4

Cinematography: 3.3/4

Story: 2.9/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4