A A quick glance at Netflix’s Daily Top 10 tells us a lot of telling things, the main one being that quality, or lack thereof, has no bearing on viewership, but also, further down the list, a stressed reminder that nostalgia still reigns. It’s not just any nostalgia but a specific genre that brings millennials back to their teens in their thirties, as evidenced by the recent success of Clueless or Jurassic Park or Moesha or Friends, easy access to movies and shows that many of us had to struggle to get back in the day.
This is also filtered by their original content strategy, whether it’s rebooting The Babysitters Club, casting Jennifer Aniston in Murder Mystery or Sandra Bullock in Bird Box or Christina Milian in Falling Inn Love, the latter now leading. to another fallen star headlining her own low-budget bas -rom-com from the same writers’ duo of Hilary Galanoy and Elizabeth Hackett. This time it’s Rachael Leigh Cook’s ‘ugly’ duckling, whose star died out quite quickly after releasing the Sixpence None the Richer soundtrack with a string of commercial disappointments (RIP Josie and the Pussycats). But Cook is a face that will always be immediately recognizable for a generation who feigned surprise when they took off their glasses for Freddie Prinze Jr and was obviously still attractive, and wondered where she has been since.
She takes on the role of Susan, a moralistic but tough lawyer who takes care of the cases she believes in but struggles to make ends meet, driving an old (fancy) car with a Tiffany album stuck in the cassette player . But one morning his luck turns when the handsome stranger Nick (Damon Wayans Jr) asks him to get into an unusual legal battle. He’s been using the Love Guaranteed dating app for some time and as he hits the date 986 he wants Susan to challenge their claim that members will find love on the date 1000. And you can probably guess where that is. happens.
Like Galanoy and Hackett’s New Zealand makeover romantic comedy Falling Inn Love, this is a slightly above-average track in living standards that also employs a director who, like its principal lady, has had better career days. In that movie it was Roger Kumble of Cruel Intentions and this time it’s Mark Steven Johnson of Daredevil doing a little better to make his Netflix paycheck project look like it can be seen on the big screen. It’s a smooth, shiny confection and contains a handful of beautiful shots that raise it just above the super-low bar that Netflix has set for itself (an outdoor pan back to contrast Cook’s character alone with wine. next to her sister’s happy family is exceptionally impressive). It’s also quite entertaining, a silly and forgettable but above all charming diversion that should see other has-beenes from the 90s claiming their own star vehicles.
There is a half-hearted attempt here to skewer or finally slightly push the culture of dating apps and it’s a mature field hardly filled with companies that attract singles with the promise of love but ultimately don’t want it to be. ‘they correspond and take their things. But like many other movies or shows that explore similar territory, Galanoy and Hackett lean on the tired stereotype of digital courtship dominated by one-note whackjobs, basing the idea of ââit all on the worst fear of a married person of what a Tinder is. date would actually be like. Better writers like Issa Rae and Aziz Ansari have also fallen for the trap and so it would be naive to expect much better here, but it remains a tiring and simplistic distillation of a much more complex world and in Love Guaranteed. , bad dates get boring very quickly.
Cook is a leader in the game though, throwing himself enthusiastically into the formula she faces, and there’s a natural chemistry with Wayans Jr, a charismatic actor who is expected to pop up in projects far bigger than this one. . Oddly, this is Netflix’s second summer comedy to release Heather Graham as an outsized comic cameo, odd because she’s not a particularly good actress at comedy and somehow, her presence. here is even more embarrassing than it was in Desperados, quite a feat.
There won’t be many viewers who will remember it around this time next month, but in its fast turnaround time it pretty much matches the brief, spinning at a speed backed by the charm of its tracks, Like almost guaranteed instead.