Rom-com’s are about to take some light-hearted deconstruction in Rebel Wilson’s upcoming film Isn’t It Romantic. The movie is set for release this Valentine’s day and sports an all-star cast that includes Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, and Adam DeVine. The film focuses on Natalie, an architect who finds herself trapped in a romantic comedy after a run-in with a thief. Trailers of the film are already showing and they give us a pretty good idea of what to expect.
The beginning of the film sees Natalie trying to navigate the real world. The film lays out a good case against rom-coms as it focuses on the lack of romance in everyday life. For instance, the real world is not populated with gorgeous actors that look great no matter what time of day it is.
The real world has acne, greasy hair, and clothing that does not match. You also do not find love by locking eyes with some stranger sitting across the aisle on the subway. In fact, never try to do that in the real world because there are creeps out there.
This reality may seem a bit harsh but it is necessary for where the film is about to go. Learn more about Rebel Wilson: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/isnt-it-romantic-trailer-rebel-wilson-stars-rom-spoof-1156788 and https://www.glamour.com/story/isnt-it-romantic-trailer
After receiving a concussion whilst fending off a would-be thief, Natalie awakes in the romantic comedy world. From here the trailer kicks it up a gear and pulls out all the stops in its satirization of rom-com tropes. Isn’t It Romantic is careful in its treatment of this tropes, however, as the film focuses on their absurdity with a light-hearted playfulness.
Natalie wakes up in a picturesque New York City that only exists in magazines. She is living in s huge apartment, has a closet full of designer clothes, and is already in full make-up and hair when she wakes up. Fast-forward a bit and she literally runs into handsome stranger Blake who is played by Hemsworth.
Their relationship is completely unreal, from the way they meet to how fast it develops. DeVine plays Natalie’s best friend Josh, who becomes a third point on Natalie’s love triangle later in the film. His inclusion as the best friend who later becomes the love interest is a typical rom-com element that seems to form the basis of the plot. Read more: Isn’t it Romantic Trailer | Collider and Pitch Perfect 4 | Vanity Fair
The central point of the comedy rests with Wilson, as her Natalie remains self-aware through the entire process. Her reactions to the abusurdity of the world around her are priceless. The movie also plays around with rom-com’s usual PG-13 rating. Natalie cannot curse though she really wants to, and every time she tries to take her relationship with Blake to the next level in fast-forwards to the morning after.
The film is a great vehicle for Wilson who has made a name for herself as a scene-stealing comidienne. The Aussie-actress made a name for herself in her native Australia before jumping the pond to the U.S. Her first major role was in Bridesmaids but she did not really become popular until Pitch Perfect.
Her portrayal of Fat Amy really put her on the map. Isn’t It Romantic will be a little different for Wilson as she typically plays supporting roles.