The Lovebirds Review
You know what's weird? It's been awhile since I feel like I've had a good laugh.
It seems like the 2010's overall were short on comedies, especially compared to the 2000's. These days, when you read the news, everything is so politicized that nothing ever seems funny. Most of the big comedies on TV I liked watching ended their runs in 2020. Now more than ever, we need Hollywood to start making us laugh. So thank God Paramount released "The Lovebirds" on Netflix, because it cured that itch quite well.
"The Lovebirds" reminded me of "Date Night," the movie with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey. "The Lovebirds is a comedy, about a couple on a night on the town. There's some mistaken identity, and a mystery to prove their innocence. "The Lovebirds" isn't the most original thing to come out in recent years. But my god, will you laugh. Right now, I don't need every movie I see to be original, I the closest at execution. The most important thing for me when watching a comedy is how much I laugh. I laughed. I laughed quite a bit.
It helps that Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani are charisma machines, and sell every wee bit of storytelling this movie requires. They play two young people named Leilani and Jabron. At the beginning of the movie, you get the idea that maybe they either had a one night stand or a first date that went really well. That night turns into breakfast, which turns into a walk in the park, which turns into more hanging out. And that...you guessed it, leads to the first kiss. All of this happens during the film's opening credits, and its amazing how they cram what its really like to fall for somebody, those early fireworks of realizing you like and are attracted to someone. Leilani and Jabron become a couple, and then four months later the honeymoon streak ends.
Four months later, they are fighting. Bickering over the stupidest of things. They fight getting ready for a dinner party, and they fight all the way to the car, and then they fight in the car. Apparently, after months together, it isn't working. They mutually agree to break-up. Even though it is mutual, it still hits them both hard, so hard that Jabron isn't really paying attention to the road, and he accidentally hits a biker. The biker is hurt, but not severely and he hurriedly gets up and leaves. Suddenly, a man claiming to be a police officer (played by the underrated Paul Sparks) asks for their car, has Jabron sit in the back, then chases the biker and brutally kills them. He pulls out his gun getting ready to kill Leilani and Jabron, but he hears police sirens and flees. Pedestrians spot the dead body and think Leilani and Jabron did it.
They feel together and must prove their innocence. What ensues is a hilarious ride as Leilani and Jabron try to prove themselves innocent. Rich with southern belles and sex cults and that little dinner party they are very late for. It's a wild ride and again, because Rae and Nanjiani are so amazing, it works from start to finish. It's not a particularly deep movie, its not important to the future of filmmaking or society, but it will definitely crack you up. In the heat of this global pandemic, what else can you really ask for?
FINAL GRADE: B+