The Lovebirds: Film Review – A Goofy Romance Tied To A Murder Mystery

Hilarious & Fast-paced
65%Overall Score

Streaming on on Netflix

We’re certainly living in strange times. By now, you probably know every nook and cranny of your home more than ever before. Times like this call for light-hearted films that will brighten your mood and director Michael Showalter‘s The Lovebirds has managed to give us a good 1 hour and 26 minutes of distraction. This film revolves around Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae), a couple who go from being cute and in love to living together to four years later, bickering about everything under the sun. While driving to their friend’s house for a party, they decide to call it quits on their relationship but the universe has other plans for them as they unintentionally get wrapped up in a murder case and realize they are the prime suspects. So they do they wisest thing possible – run.

Dry humor that is goofy and likable

The script of this film is well-written and has sharp dialogues that will either make you roll your eyes or smile. Kumail Nanjiani plays a nerdy documentary filmmaker who breaks into nonsensical monologues every time he’s nervous. Issa Rae‘s character compliments him even though she is starkly different. Let’s just say that she brings spontaneity to the relationship. The chemistry between them may take a while to grow on you but once it does, they turn into this annoying couple that actually clicks.

A new form of couples therapy is here

Why go to a therapist to help your relationship when you can get involved in a twisted murder mystery and then talk about your feelings, right? Well, throughout the film, Jibrani and Leilani make terrible and baffling choices. But, in the end, they take you on a fast-paced and hilarious journey with unpredictable turns that make their stupid choices funny.

WATCH OR NOT
The Lovebirds is funny and makes for a good one-time watch. It will certainly take your mind off everything that could possibly be stressing you out and give you a fun break.

Director: Michael Showalter
Writer: Aaron Abrams
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Anna Camp, Paul Sparks
Streaming on: Netflix
Language: English

Alisha Fernandes: Writer. Musician. Dog lover.