BRINGING YOU THE BEST IN ROMANCE FICTION
Sometimes a synopsis of a movie sounds just like a romance novel. It’s engaging, and surprising, and makes you think, Wow! I can’t wait to see how that plays out!
Unfortunately, more often than not that movie is also terrible, made for tv, and on a station that isn’t known for quality. The occasional bad tv-romance is fun, if that’s the mood you’re in, but a good romance is a rare jewel.
I recently watched two films from 2015 now available on Netflix streaming.
First, Slow Learners (5.9 on IMDB) is listed as a goofy romance.
Two friends and colleagues with failing love lives make a pact to transform themselves and embark on a boozy, sex-fueled makeover campaign.
What sounds like a fun premise instead devolves into alcohol, insults, and one-night stands. By the end of the film, the two cute characters you kind of pitied but hoped would get together have changed. They changed so much, you kind of hate them.
Second, Man Up (6.8 on IMDB) sounds like a romance, and even better, it actually follows through on the intriguing premise:
A single woman seizes and opportunity when, while standing under a train station clock, she meets a stranger who mistakes her for his blind date.
The single woman is played by Lake Bell, who tones down her gorgeousness and throws on a british accent, and Simon Pegg. Simon Pegg isn’t the first actor you think of for heart throb, unless you’re really into Scotty from Star Trek, but the movie does exactly what a romance should: it shows why these two characters, despite all their quirks, belong utterly together. It’s sweet and witty, with some uncomfortable scenes and tender moments.
Even better, I didn’t hate anyone when it was over.