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Isn’t It Romantic 2019 ***

Netflix’s most popular genre seems to be the kind of rom-com that rarely see the indie of a cinema in 2019. Isn’t It Romantic had the best or worst of both worlds in that it was a cinema release in the US, and was released straight to streaming elsewhere. Either way, Todd Strauss-Schulson’s spry and colourful comedy should find an audience. Dialing back from shrill performances in Pitch Perfect 3, Wilson plays Natalie, a New York girl who gets hit on the head and wakes up to find she’s in an all-singing , all dancing rom-com with Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine as potential suitors, and all other details, including her gay best friend, as expected. Wilson has lots to do here, showing how Natalie switches from being down-trodden to the incredulous benefactor of a new reality that’s everything she dreamed of. Isn’t it Romantic? Isn’t saying anything new, but it’s a big step up from How To Be Single; Wilson doesn’t have to be the brunt of fat-joke stereotypes anymore, if she ever did, and takes a giant step forward here.


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