A Netflix Original Picture, Written by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall, Martin Gero, Directed by Michael Showalter.
One of the first films that’s switched homes due to Corona Virus was ‘The Lovebirds’ a comedy that was due out as a Paramount theatrical release just as the pandemic started the ravage the whole world, and it was quickly removed from the schedule and sold to Netflix (something Paramount has also done in the past in different circumstances).
While it would’ve been nice to see a studio comedy, especially one with two leads of colour, in a cinema, it also feels right at home on streaming, and that is in no way a criticism.
It’s a funny and comfortable film to watch from the safety of your own home, and watching two leads with the comic timing and chemistry of Nanjiani and Rae bounce off each other like this is a real treat.
The story itself is interesting, and touches on a social commentary that it never quite commits to, but that isn’t the point of the film anyway.
I never felt fully gripped or engaged in the story enough to really love the film, and it very much only gets by on the charisma of its lead two stars.
Rating = 3/5