REVIEW BY TAMARA VON ESTORFF
Isn’t it Romantic is a romantic comedy film directed by Todd Strauss-Schluson and starring Australian actress Rebel Wilson. It’s a humorous yet heart-wrenching film you will want to watch with all of your girlfriends.
The film follows Natalie, an architect in New York who hates romantic comedies. Ever since she was a child, her mom (Jennifer Saunders) has taught her that Hollywood fantasies featuring Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, etc, are “not for girls like us.”. Twenty-five years later, Natalie is working for a company where her work often goes unnoticed. She attends a meeting where she encounters a new client, Blake (Liam Hemsworth), who rudely mistakes her for a coffee girl. Meanwhile, she is adored by her friend, Josh (Wilson’s “Pitch Perfect” co-star Adam Devine), but she doesn’t notice.
On her way home from work, Natalie is attacked by a mugger on the subway platform, hits her head and wakes up in a hospital full of flirtatious doctors. Soon enough, she finds herself trapped in a PG-13 romantic comedy. She has everything a girl would ever want: a fancy apartment, a small dog, a gay BFF, and a hot Australian boyfriend, who turns out to be Blake. She goes to work one day and realizes how different her colleagues are treating her. The only thing that remains the same is her relationship with Josh.
Josh meets a woman named Isabella (Priyanka Chopra), and the two of them fall in love and end up engaged. It’s the kind of passionate love that Natalie realizes she has been missing, and so she begins to fall for Josh. She breaks up with Blake and attempts to crash Josh and Isabella’s wedding. It’s only in that moment that she stops to think about what’s really important: self-love. She leaves the wedding and gets into a car accident, and wakes up in the hospital again where the doctor tells her she had been in an induced coma. It all concludes with Natalie making a mad dash to make some last-minute public love confessions to Josh, followed by a large dance number in the streets of New York.
By the end, it all feels like overkill, and the movie only lasts 90 minutes. But your face will hurt from laughing so hard at Rebel’s outstanding sense of humor. Her jokes along with her Australian accent make for the perfect comedian to play this role. When you put her and Adam Devine together in a film, it only makes the film better. Definitely a movie worth spending your money on.