Directed by Chris Nelson
Starring: Noah Centineo, Laura Marano, Camila Mendes
Run-Time: 1h 30m
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Need a last-minute knight in shining armor? A plus-one Prince Charming? To make his dream come true, he’ll be anyone– except himself. (Netflix)
This is a fun film. I really do enjoy it at its face value. It’s definitely a good movie to watch when you don’t want to think too hard, and though some people consider this a bad thing, I think it’s a good thing because that’s the whole purpose of movies in the first place. Isn’t it?
My main issues with the movie have to do with the tertiary characters. There were definitely moments where you could tell that the actor was reciting lines or maybe even reading lines shown to them from off-screen. Some background actors blessed with lines obviously didn’t know what they were doing because you could tell they were trying to act a certain way. Technically-wise, this was the film’s only true downfall. Its cinematography was okay and got the point across. You honestly can’t expect anything groundbreaking from a teen rom-com.
My second main issue was the predictability of the story. Of course, the main love interest would be your not-so-average girl who rather goes to a cafe-bookstore than a school dance (which is, same to be honest). Of course, the main guy would fall into insta-love with a random girl he doesn’t know. And, of course, the rando-rich girl will be stuck up and break up with him for some petty bullshit.
This is a mediocre film at best, and it’s a fun Friday-night movie to watch or put on in the background as you eat, but it’s not going to become a classic.