Comedies are super necessary these days, especially with everything that is going on in the world. Having that escape and being able to laugh is important. I was hesitant going into The Lovebirds though. It initially did not seem like something that appealed to me. But after a friend came to me expressing their positive views, I decided to give it a try. And you know what? I’m glad I did.
Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) have been together for four years, but are slowly beginning to drift apart. They both want different things and seem to clash more than ever before. As they are on their way to a social function one evening, they wonder if maybe they should go their separate ways.
Before they can even process what is happening, the couple are swept up in a murder mystery caper that changes their lives – and relationship – forever. Will these events pull them even further apart than they already are or is this actually a blessing in disguise?
This movie was funny! It had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. I thought that Issa Rae and Kumail Najiani worked really well off each other and had great chemistry. It was almost like they were a real life couple and that just added to my enjoyment while watching.
The other cast members were great additions too; most notably seeing familiar face Anna Camp of Pitch Perfect fame in another comedic role. Ultimately it was refreshing to have a black woman and a Pakistani man as the leads. I cannot stress enough how uncommon this is and that needs to change.
Unfortunately, while I mostly liked the film, the plot did lose me a couple of times. Every so often I would become confused because there was a lot going on and I didn’t think that the scenarios Leilani and Jibran found themselves in were all that likely. I understand that was the point of the story, but I couldn’t wrap my head around it.