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Movie Review: Isn’t It Romantic

Rebel Wilson stars in the entertaining and hilarious new Netflix film “Isn’t It Romantic“, inspired by the Romantic Comedy cliches we all know and love (or hate).

Natalie (Rebel Wilson) is an Australian architect living in New York City. Although Natalie is a hard worker, her recognition as an architect is regularly overlooked as she’s typically the go-to coffee girl,

“Everyone just thinks I’m the coffee bitch, which is unfair cause sometimes I bring donuts as well.”

Cynical about any love and all romantic comedies, Natalie’s greatest fear happens when she’s knocked unconscious after a subway mugging and wakes up to discover she’s playing the leading role in an alternate romantic comedy universe.

“Isn’t It Romantic” satirically explores the cliches and tropes of romantic comedies the audience loves and hates in an entertaining and hysterical fashion. It features many of the classic rom-com ingredients, including the token hilarious gay best friend, around-the-clock perfect hair/makeup, an unexplained million-dollar apartment and of course the goofy/handsome billionaire love interest (played by Liam Hemsworth).  The soundtrack is a blend of familiar ’90s and early 2000’s music with an occasional musical number for good measure.

The movie has a large variety of subtle references which are throw-backs to classic romantic comedies such as Pretty Woman and When Harry Met Sally.

“Isn’t It Romantic” demonstrates the important and powerful message of self-love and self-empowerment. Through Natalie’s journey of pursuing romantic love to escape the dreaded rom-com world, she discovers her own self-love, confidence and empowerment in herself and her career. The compelling metaphor of “Isn’t It Romantic” is about loving yourself as a first priority and keeping an open mind on life’s perspectives and possibilities.

“Isn’t It Romantic” is a delightful, entertaining and extremely humorous viewing experience alongside Rebel Wilson’s whacky one-liners. With a 70% critic score from Rotten Tomatoes, it’s a fantastic movie for rom-com lovers and haters alike, with Natalie’s relatable and witty cynicalness making for an entertaining watch.

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