As soon as I saw the trailer for the new romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic, I knew I needed to see it.
AND IT IS NOW ON NETFLIX.
Even better, it lived up to my high hopes. I mean, it is still Hollywood so it is still occasionally vulgar and certainly does not share my worldview on relationships. But compared to the usual fare, I found it hilarious and I appreciated the message.
This is exactly what I hoped I Feel Pretty (2018) would be.
But where that movie eventually embraced the cliches and fell short, Isn’t It Romantic contains a consistent message that both subverts and adds to the romantic comedy genre.
The movie totally embraces being both campy and corny, but if you are a sucker for a good rom com, I think you will enjoy this one. Also, Liam Hemsworth CRACKED ME UP.
“Mom and Dad aren’t home! What should we watch?’
“Let’s pick something dark and scary! Maybe Gotham.”
“Yeah! Mom doesn’t like those shows or movies. Netflix has all the Halloween movies out. Great timing.”
“Or we could watch a kid’s movie. Parents aren’t home to judge us.”
“That’s true! Disney movie? Mickey Mouse’s House of Villains?”
“Monsters vs Aliens!”
“Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem.”
30 minutes later, Mom walks in. “What are you watching? You always watch lousy TV when I’m gone.”
My siblings and I have long been firm believers in the theory that if a parent walks in the room, whatever you are watching on the TV will suddenly take a turn for the worse. As children watching PBS programming, we would enjoy a show for weeks without the slightest qualms, but the moment our Mom watched the show with us, there would be an episode full of dark magic and death. She would then ban us from watching the show, and we would feel justifiably wronged.
As we have gotten older, this problem has persisted. Perfectly clean movies will suddenly get sketchy when Mom comes home. It doesn’t matter if we are watching DramaFever, Netflix, or a movie from the library. Something gets inappropriate the minute she walks in.
Last night my sisters and I started a new Korean drama while my Mom was out. Bethany insisted that we watch only until Mom got home, because the minute she entered the house it would get weird. I laughed at her superstition. She grew more frantic. The drama was upbeat, bubbly, and extremely funny. I told her there was no reason to worry. Our Mom came home and walked in the room…and out of NOWHERE a creepy, evil guy kidnaps a girl and chains her to a bed in his basement. I kid you not.
Murphy’s Law isn’t quite the phrase for this, but there must be one like it. Something like, The Parental Programming Law: no matter what you are watching, it will get inappropriate the minute your parent walks in the room.
Annddddd winter is officially here. I mean, it has been here, but it is snowing so hard now that you don’t leave your house unless you absolutely have to. The blizzard is supposed to last 48 hours. Even though I am an extrovert, I like snow storms. It is a terrific excuse for not going outside or being social or, y’know, seeing people outside of your family. In some houses that might be a problem, but my family gets along pretty well. That and we just got Netflix, so we’ve found a common cause. We’ll be here until Spring.