Romantic comedies are my go tos for any and all moods. Feeling sad? I pop one on to cheer myself up. Feeling happy? One will be on to keep my spirits high. They have always been my favorite genre and I have very rarely been let down by one. Unfortunately, Love, Guaranteed was one of those unusual titles that just did not do it for me. There was a lot wrong with it and I was left feeling bored and disconnected.
Susan Whitaker (Rachael Leigh Cook) takes pride in her career as a lawyer. Having successfully made a name for herself with her own firm, she has had to give up other things in life such as finding herself a partner and settling down to have a family. For her, spending time with her sister, brother in law and nephew is enough. Or is it?
When Nick Evans (Damon Wayans Jr.) former athlete, walks into the firm one day with a case, Susan doesn’t realize it, but her life is about to change. Nick wants to sue dating site Love, Guaranteed for wrongful marketing. After having gone on exactly one thousand dates with various women, he still hasn’t found the one. And unfortunately for Susan, even though she would rather turn this one down, the firm has been struggling.
So the two ban together to take down founder Tamara Taylor (Heather Graham). The only thing Nick wants is for them to change their slogans so that other people don’t have the same experience. What started off as a simple case escalates, especially as they get to know each other.
One thing that didn’t work here was the storyline. It was just so predictable to the point where I could pretty much tell what was going to happen next. In fact, I might as well have saved myself the time of watching an hour and a half film because every important plot point was featured in the trailer. I know that romcoms are notorious for their predictability, but this wasn’t in a good way. I wish there had been a few surprises along the way.
In addition, I do not think that the two leads had chemistry with each other. Rachael Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr. are great on their own. Josie and The Pussycats was a revelation for me and I loved Damon as Coach in New Girl. As love interests, they didn’t work. There was no passion, no sparks, nothing.
The only saving graces were the cast who I all like individually. Choosing actors who are diverse in ethnicity and race was a big plus too. Still, it just wasn’t enough for me.
Overall, I wasn’t impressed. In fact, I was actually pretty disappointed. Maybe I’m hard to please and by all means, do check it out if you like romantic comedies. Just don’t put all your eggs into one basket.