“Lovebirds”: An Unconventional Romantic Comedy

“Lovebirds”: An Unconventional Romantic Comedy

Skip Bolen

3 star“Lovebirds” is best described as an untraditional romantic comedy. The story follows Jibran and Leilani, a bickering couple, on an adventure involving murder, blackmail, and a secret society of wealthy creeps. If I hadn’t seen the trailer, I would’ve assumed this was the wrong movie.

 

As far as the romance goes, Jibran and Leilani have great chemistry. The portrayal of this couple makes their relationship issues feel very real. A running gag about “The Amazing Race” is a perfect example of their petty antics throughout the movie. The acting chops are probably the best part of the movie.

 

While the comedy isn’t shoved down your throats, the humor is definitely unconventional. If you’re able to laugh at the weird rabbit hole plot, then you’ll have a good time with this movie. Once the story kicks into gear, the plot becomes more outlandish. By the second act, I began to question the writers’ sanity. Another major piece of the comedy was in the dialogue which I appreciated, considering too many comedies have “in your face” humor. The dialogue also works in favor of the actors’ chemistry.

 

One caveat to the film’s ridiculous nature was Jibran and Leilani’s lack of logic. There were several times throughout the movie where all their problems could’ve been solved with some common sense. But the movie wasn’t intended to be deep or thought provoking, so the audience is forced to look past this flaw.

 

This movie is meant for a fun time and a good laugh. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone looking for a cinematic masterpiece. Within the first 20 minutes, anyone could predict the plot, but that didn’t take anything away from the experience. If you have an hour to kill, “Lovebirds” is a good choice for movie night. It’s leaps and bounds ahead of the latest Netflix release, “Wrong Missy,” and is guaranteed to make for an interesting watch.