Crazy About Her (2021) Review

A Cute romance story in an interesting setting with interesting characters.  A surprisingly good film all round.

Certificate: 15

Director: Dani de la Orden

Screenwriter: Natalia Durán, Eric Navarro

Starring: Álvaro Cervantes, Susana Abaitua, Luis Zahera

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Runtime: 102 Minutes

Language: Spanish

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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After a magical night together, Adri voluntarily turns himself into the psychiatric institution where Carla lives in an attempt to see her again. – From IMDB

I am not usually one for romantic comedies.  They are formulaic and repetitive, and it doesn’t matter how unique the story, setting or characters are, it is really only going to end one way.  Happily Ever After.  And while those things are all true of this film, I found that I actually had a really good time with it and enjoyed myself thoroughly, despite all of the flaws listed above.

What is so clever about this film is the way it managed to deal with both the comedic/romantic storyline, which was just plain cute.  And the much harder hitting and dramatic stories going on with the hospital patients.  In my opinion the subject matter was handled well and with dignity.  The illnesses of the patients weren’t used as the focus of the comedy, which was something I was afraid of, but were discussed openly and treated it with respect. 

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I cannot speak of the accuracy of the representation here, only my opinion of it, and I can understand that this film could be incredibly hard for some people to watch.  If the topics discussed resonate with you on a personal level.  But a lot of the emotion in the film comes from the discussion and inclusion of mental health. Saul’s story in particular was a sad and heat breaking example, and one of the many times where this film takes a step back from being a comedy, and gets the actors to do some real dramatic work.

If Rom-Coms are your thing then you are likely to have a good time with this, but if they aren’t and you are thinking of giving this one a miss as I was, I encourage you to think twice.  The dramatic and emotional overtones mean that this isn’t your typical fluffy romance, and therefore may appeal to a wider audience.

‘Crazy About Her’ is Streaming on Netflix now.

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