Saturday 27 April 2024

Movie Review: Anyone But You (2023)

Genre: Romantic Comedy  
Starring: Sydney Sweeney, Glen Powell, Dermot Mulroney, Bryan Brown, Alexandra Shipp  
Director: Will Gluck  
Running Time: 103 minutes  

Synopsis: In Boston, law student Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and investment banker Ben (Glen Powell) enjoy an idyllic meet cute and a great first date, but misunderstandings quickly transform their burgeoning romance into mutual antagonism. Months later they meet again at the Sydney destination wedding of Bea's sister Halle (Hadley Robinson). Bea and Ben set their differences aside and pretend to be a couple to avoid ruining the event, although both their ex-lovers are also invited.

What Works Well: The Sydney locations are scenic, Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell are a photogenic couple (and frequently under-dress to impress), and a few of the jokes work. A romantic rescue scene in Sydney harbour captures a warm spark.

What Does Not Work As Well: This is as generic as romantic comedies can get, with aggravatingly cliched supporting characters, overly-familiar simplistic complications, unnecessary vulgarity overreaching for edginess, all adults behaving with the immaturity of teenagers, and a nauseatingly saccharine soundtrack. Sydney Sweeney's monotonal performance reeks of awkward disinterest.

Conclusion: Anyone but these two.

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