Rebel Wilson fans are in for a treat this Valentine’s Day as the Aussie-actress will make her leading lady debut in Isn’t It Romantic. The rom-com inside a rom-com is being produced by New Line Cinema. Wilson headlines as Natalie, an architect who has given up on romantic comedies only to become trapped in one.
Isn’t It Romantic is new ground for Rebel Wilson. Although she is no stranger to rom-coms she has never played the lead in one. Let alone the typical female romantic interest stock character. The actress, singer, producer, writer, and comedienne is known mostly for playing the plucky supporting character. However, Isn’t It Romantic is not a standard rom-com in that Natalie is completely self-aware. It gets even better because Natalie hates rom-coms.
Rebel Wilson made her mark in Australia before coming over to the U.S. Her breakout role stateside came within the movie Bridesmaids, but it was not until Pitch Perfect that she really made her mark. Her turn as Fat Amy cemented her as a talented character actor. Now that she is wearing the headliner cap it gives her the chance to shine in another way.
The basic plot sees Natalie become trapped in a romantic comedy after tangling with a mugger. She hits her head pretty hard and wakes up to find a fantasy world has replaced reality.
According to released trailers this world is chock full of popular rom-com tropes. It is picture-perfect and completely unrealistic version of New York City. Everything is bright, everyone looks terrific, and there is way too much smiling. Read more: Cats Movies – Rebel Wilson Casts as Jenny | Deadline
Natalie awakes every morning in flawless hair and make-up, lives in an apartment the size of Connecticut, and has a closet full of designer clothes one would find in Sex and the City. The digs at traditional romantic comedies are well-placed as anyone who has every watched rom-coms has noticed the same things.
For the most part the film plays the tropes straight. It is Natalie that draws the humor as she reacts to all of it with the jaded viewpoint of someone living in the real world. The role definitely fits Wilson who is a master at comedic timing.
Isn’t It Romantic also stars Liam Hemsworth as a handsome stranger Blake. He is one of Natalie’s clients and her unexpected romantic interest. According to the trailers the two meet after a car accident and begin a whirlwind romance. A romance hindered by the fact that Natalie’s fantasy world is PG-13 meaning she cannot have sex. Every time she tries it fast forwards to the end.
Rounding out the cast is Adam DeVine as Natalie best friend Josh. Wilson fans will remember DeVine as he played Rebel’s love interest Bumper in Pitch Perfect. Luckily, he is set up as the third point of a love triangle in the previews.
Like many movies that take place in a fantasy situation, i.e. Groundhog Day, Natalie will remain stuck in the fantasy world until she does something she is meant to do.
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