A So-So Romance
30%Overall Score

Streaming now on Netflix

Earlier, romantic movies used to be all about accidentally meeting each other, taking the time to get to know one another, and gradually falling in love. But the pace of life in the 21st century does not give us the space for such a romance. Naturally, romantic movies had to change their narratives to be more relatable to the regular urban adult. Internet dating is the norm now and Mark Steven Johnson’s Love, Guaranteed gives us a quirky tale of romance in the Internet era.

The movie focusses on two adults – Susan Whitaker (Rachael Leigh Cook) who is a workaholic lawyer and Nick Evans (Damon Wayans Jr.), who is in need of a lawyer. He consults with her with the intention to sue Love, Guaranteed – a dating website that guarantees you will find love within 1000 days. Nick, who actually goes on a thousand dates, is unable to fall in love and decides to take the company to court. While Susan initially feels that the case is lame, she could do with the money and takes him on as a client. But their sparking chemistry is bound to turn into love, thus damaging their own accusation of Love, Guaranteed, which brought them together.

Interesting plug into the current dating scene

Online dating is not just at the background of Love, Guaranteed’s plot, but the film actually delves into this modern, exhausting world. Both Nick and Susan are seen on separate dates that are one disaster after another. You cannot help but find many instances relatable here, but we wish these scenes had been explored further. After all, Nick went on 1000 dates, but we get to see only four.

Nick and Susan’s chemistry is undeniable

While they were fated to fall in love (why else would the movie be made?), it does not seem as contrived as you’d expect some on-screen romantic plots to be. The two actors clearly share great chemistry, which gradually develops into something much more meaningful. Their ‘happily ever after’ could have been written much better, though, as we are not buying into the last 20 minutes of the film at all.

The characters were stereotyped and poorly written

Susan is a workaholic. So why would she make time for love? Her heart was broken many years ago. So why would she get into another relationship? These stereotypes existed in the movies of the ‘90s and need to be done away with. Even Nick was shown to be an exemplary man who just could not find what he was looking for in his 1000 dates despite being the perfect gentleman. Poorly written characters are hard to relate to and completely ruin the emotions behind a good message.

If you’re looking for a quick fix to weekend blues, Love, Guaranteed is a fun and fast watch. If you enjoy romantic films and wish to be inspired, swipe left on this one!

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Writers: Elizabeth Hackett, Hilary Galanoy
Cast: Rachael Leigh Cook, Damon Wayans Jr.
Language: English
Streaming on: Netflix

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