Rebel Wilson stars in the romatic comedy Isn't It Romantic about an Austrialian in New York Natalie who ends up living in a fairy tale rom-com. No, don't think Crocodile Dundee, here, romance is filled with floating hearts, a dashing prince charming and lots of attention she doesn't actually want as we mock romantic comedies.
Cute concept, a typical Valentine's week movie or girls night out get-together but the script doesn't fully fulfill it. Screenplay by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox and Katie Silberman is a filled with lots of visuals bits but poor story development. There is no character arc for us to take the journey on fully. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) this one has moments, smart at times with some funny scenes (but many not funny) some solid satire, and the mocking renditions of the genre work at other times, but overall, the story is just not flushed out to a place we are ready to go to.
Natalie, a junior architect, is treated like a third rate no one, passed over at work and males just do not give her the time of day and respect as she would like. She does have two supporters though; Josh, played by Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect) who encourages she to shine more at work and Whitney played by Betty Gilpin (GLOW) who also enourages but Natalie is not one to like fairy tales in life and does not believe in the Cinderella story. It comes from her childhood, when as a young girl, Natalie was wathcing Julia Roberts and Richard Gere's happy ending in Pretty Woman, and was told by her mother a vital line that never left her: "There are no happy endings for girls like us.
Here is where the story changes.
After being mugged in the subway and injured, her mind and world shift, into an existence where the sun shines, love songs ring in the air, and life is, well, Cinderlla-style where all your dreams come true. In this world, a Disneyland world, everyting works out and life is gloriously fun and fruitful. In this world, Natalie looks great, her apartment is designer spotless and men find her ever so attractive but she doesn't buy it for a second. Whose life is this anyway? Wilson does a great job in fighting the glamourous perfection wth her facial expressions and solid acting. You side with her and are hoping this movie turns out better but sadly the script just can't hold up. She does a great job with contantly being bothered by this unreal exisistence she now finds herself in. Enter: Blake handsome and tall, played by Liam Hemsworth who now notices someone like her. In Natalie's perfect fantasy world, she is being swept away into the luxurious and glamerous love. What is great is the production design of the movie. Creating Natalie's new world was fun to watch with production designers Sharon Seymour and Leah Katznelson at the helm of a team.
Production companies: New Line Cinema presents in association with BRON Creative a Broken Road/Little Engine production
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Cast: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin, Brandon Scott Jones, Jennifer Saunders, Alex Kis
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Screenwriters: Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox, Katie Silberman
Producers: Gina Matthews, Grant Scharbo, Todd Garner
Executive producers: Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Andrea Johnston, Marty P. Ewing, Rebel Wilson, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth
Director of photography: Simon Duggan
Production designer: Sharon Seymour
Costume designer: Leah Katznelson
Editor: Andrew Marcus
Composer: John Debney
Casting director: Rich Delia
Rated PG-13, 88 minutes