The Lovebirds is Packed with Laughs
- Directed by: Michael Showalter
- Written by: Aaron Abram, Brendan Gall
The Lovebirds pairs Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani in a hilarious movie that pushes all the comedic buttons. I think the key to this film is that Rae and Nanjiani play a couple that isn’t in sync any longer, but hasn’t moved to full-on hatred.* There are a lot of amusing fish-out-of-water setups, and the two really shine when they are improving how to be tough guys, rather than the advertising exec and documentary filmmaker that they are.**
The verdict: Recommended
Cost: Netflix monthly fee ($8.99)
Where watched: at home.
Consider also watching:
- The Big Sick
- The Other Guys
- Old School
*This is important. Tuning in for 90 minutes of angry people snapping at each other, no thanks. But 90 minutes of two people who disagree about a variety of things yet still respect each other leaves room for a lot of laughter.
**I laughed so very hard at this film from the first disagreement (We would win the Amazing Race) to the last one. I laughed all alone in my house the first night, and then all over again the next night when the boyfriend and I watched it together.
- Which of the outfits Rae and Nanjiani wore do you think provided the most humor per scene?
- What’s another out-of-sync-couple captured on film that you enjoy?
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
(also the only IMDB trivia item)
Paramount had originally planned to released the film theatrically on April 3, 2020, but decided to release it on Netflix due to the Coronavirus pandemic and widespread theater closings.
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I have been going to ask if you had watched this movie. I loved it. Game Night came to mind. I saw a clip with Issa Rae and K. N. It was the scene with the horse. Very interesting.
It does have some good parallels to Game Night! Starting with how funny both movies are.