Love, Guaranteed (2020) A Review

Again we delve into the pot luck that is Netflix Rom-Coms.  I have had some not great experiences with these, and they continue to be generic and predictable.

Certificate: PG

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Screenwriter: Elizabeth Hackett, Hilary Galanoy

Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, Damon Wayans Jr., Caitlin Howden

Genre: Romantic, Comedy

Runtime: 90 Minutes

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Earnest, hard-working lawyer Susan (Rachael Leigh Cook) has taken one too many pro bono cases. To save her small law firm, Susan begrudgingly takes a high-paying, high-profile case from Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.), a charming new client who wants to sue a dating website that guarantees users will find love. But Susan and Nick soon find themselves in the middle of a media storm, and as the case heats up, so do their feelings for each other – which could jeopardize everything. – Written by Netflix

I don’t think I have seen Rachel Leigh Cook in anything since her ‘Josie and the Pussycat’ days.  So this was a bit of a jarring experience in terms of that, but other then that, this was a saccharine sweet, predictable Rom Com with absolutely no surprises and barely a bad word said about anyone.  And I think we all know that internet dating is NOTHING like that.

If you have seen basically any Hallmark channel movie, then you will be able to tell me the entire plot of this film after about ten minutes.  This has every romance film trope going, right down to the whole staring out of the window while rain is falling, looking sad, moment.  In fact it does that twice.  Absolutely nothing in this film will be a surprise.  The characters are all very generic and cliché, none of the supposed plot twists are actually twists, you can see them coming a mile away.  And the Happily Ever After is basically guaranteed from the very opening scenes.  So if you like your typical Hallmark-style romance films, and don’t like to be surprised, this will be right up your street.

Not for one second am I saying that this film is all bad.  Sometimes a girl (or guy, hey I’m not judging!) just needs to curl up on the sofa, with a bar of chocolate and a blanket and watch a film that is going to soothe the soul.  Especially as chillier weather settles in.  And this type of film is perfect for that.  I even found myself being sucked in, despite my misgivings.  But this is definitely a type of film that is made to satisfy a certain kind of audience.  It’s rated a PG, so it isn’t even risk or sexy enough to take it’s content up to the next level.  It plays it VERY safe, with our main characters sharing nothing more than a couple very chaste kisses. 

It’s adorable and predictable, but perfect for a girls night.  Beyond that it will have very little merit or appeal to wider audiences. 

‘Love, Guaranteed’ is streaming on Netflix now!

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