TL;DR – A really solid rom-com with a kiwi twist.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
As time marches on there are three things that remain inevitable, death, taxes, and Netflix will drop another adorable romantic comedy on you when you least expect it. Now while we hope your day is not filled with the first two, the question that we will try to answer is if it should be filled with the third.
So to set the scene, Gabriela (Christina Milian) works in an investment firm in San Francisco and is getting ready for her first big pitch only to get stuffed over by her dude-frat-bro colleagues. Well, time to regroup, but then the company she works just collapsed and then she finally realised that her wanker of a boyfriend has severe commitment issues. Well time to smother your sorrows in ice cream and then sign up to what is clearly a scam to win an inn in New Zealand. Well surprise she won the inn, but like all things the profile pictures on the internet can be misleading.
was an interesting film to watch because it really sneaks up on you when you
least expect it. At the start of the film, there are all these tropes that you
expect from a film like this, almost like there was a checklist that they were ticking
off one by one. This led to some really frustrating moments at the start of the
film where it felt really forced. However, it starts to build and build and
before you know it you are sucked in. To the point that there was a rose incident
and I found myself laughing my ass off, and then hacking out my lungs because I
am currently making my way through a cold.
I think what is going to bring you full the film or annoy you are going to be supporting cast. As it is set in small-town it is filled with a cast of quirky characters who because it is a small town all know all the gossip about everyone else. There is that combination of real charm and then intense intrusion into your personal lives that is a hallmark of rural lives. One of big shifts to the format is this film is set in New Zealand. It was a nice change-up, but it did feel like we got New Zealand-lite, or New Zealand meeting the parents so it is on its best behaviour. So while it was good, and yes you should try L&P if you can, they could have taken it up a level.
main love story arc is not going to be anything that you have not seen before.
Gabriela is the overworked city girl that needs to learn to slow down in the
country and find herself. While Jake (Adam Demos) it the man who has loved and
lost and needs to know how to love again. Add to all this a healthy amount of
awkward encounters that may or may not include diving behind a pile of
fertiliser. While I don’t think any of the plot beats will be a great surprise
to anyone, they were still all acted really well thanks to the commitment of
Christina and Adam. They do have strong chemistry with each other, which is
something that you need in a film like this.
In the end, do we recommend Falling Inn Love? Yes, yes we do. If you like rom-coms then I think you will get a kick out of this little film. There is a lot of great character work, the setting is charming, and they did a good job of making that clearly nice inn look like it is run down. Also if nothing else stay for the many, many, goat jokes.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Falling Inn Love
Directed by – Roger Kumble
Written by – Elizabeth Hackett & Hilary Galanoy
Music by – Edward Shearmur
Cinematography by – Dave Garbett
Edited by – Anita Brandt Burgoyne
Production/Distribution Companies – MarVista Entertainment &Netflix
Starring – Christina Milian, Adam Demos, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Anna Jullienne, Claire Chitham, Blair Strang, Jonathan Martin, William Walker, Daniel Watterson, Simone Walker & Lucy Wigmore with Annabel & Mia
Rating – Australia: M;