Recently, TV shows have been picking up the slack in the rom-com department and doing some really interesting things.
Call me old fashioned, but I still can’t help yearning for a movie (or 10) about two pretty, charming people falling in love, with a guaranteed happy ending and a totally swoon-worthy kiss, delivered to me in a neat little 90-minute package.
And maybe I’m delirious from watching so many aggressively average rom-coms, but I'm pleased to say it's finally happened. They've done it. Set It Up, which drops on Netflix today, is actually, genuinely good.
Here's the gist: Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell) are two over-worked assistants who set up their bosses (played by Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) in the hopes they'll have an easier time at work.
A big part of why the movie works is that the leads are pretty damn great. Deutch is endearing and hilarious, and Powell is charming and very attractive (and just quietly, can give one hell of a Look™). Even more importantly, they have excellent chemistry together.
And there are so many cute moments. SO MANY.
Thanks to the way Harper and Charlie engineer a romance between their bosses, there's also fun meta commentary on familiar rom-com tropes we know and love.
The supporting cast are also fantastic. Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs seem to be having a lot of fun playing the despotic bosses.
Meanwhile, Pete Davidson and Meredith Hagner are great as Charlie and Harper's respective best friends/roommates.
There's even a short but memorable appearance by Tituss Burgess as "Creepy Tim", a maintenance guy who helps Charlie and Harper with their matchmaking.
All in all, it's a well-paced, entertaining rom-com that's definitely worth watching on your Friday night in.