REVIEW: Isn't It Romantic – Starring Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson stars in Isn’t It Romantic alongside Adam DeVine, Liam Hemsworth, and Priyanka Chopra.

The hilariously meta rom-com tells the story of Natalie whose mother teaches her not to believe in Happily Ever After. Now an adult, Natalie stomps on the idea of romance – clearly missing the signs from her best guy friend who is clearly crushing on her.

Natalie not only provides reasoning for her hate of rom-coms, but she also breaks down all the fundamental problems with these types of movies: Why must two women who work together be rivals? Why does the gay bff have to be a flaming stereotype? Additionally, Isn’t It Romantic does the thing that Amy Schumer has been trying (and failing) to do with her “positive message” movies: Show us a woman who learns to love herself. Finally audiences are given the plus size woman who discovers that she didn’t need to lose weight or find a man to be happy.

While there might be a big of fun slapstick and physical comedy, the movie doesn’t rely on humor that places Natalie’s size as the butt of the joke. Much of the humor comes from the meta moments and ridiculousness that rom-coms naturally create.

If you only see one romantic comedy this Valentine’s weekend, see Isn’t It Romantic.

About Isn’t it Romantic

New York City architect Natalie (Rebel Wilson) works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare — a romantic comedy — and she is the leading lady.

— Yael Tygiel