While most of us are stuck at home, light, easy-viewing movies are all the more appealing. And Netflix’s latest endeavour, The Lovebirds, is just that. Despite its very bare-bones story and inconsistent humour, The Lovebirds is a decent rom-com, thanks in large part to its two energetic leads.
Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) are a couple going through a rough patch. But right when they decide to end their relationship, the pair accidentally get involved in a murder. Thinking the cops are on their trail, Jibran and Leilani decide to solve the murder themselves to clear their names. Over the course of the evening, they get themselves into various messy situations, while also reviving their romance.
I always enjoy the escalating conflict and wild situations of a “one crazy day/night” story. It’s just too bad The Lovebirds’ murder-mystery plot ends up being more of an uninspired series of events than an exciting adventure. Each wacky scenario is tied together by a middling plot that never adds up to much. And while I appreciate the movie’s brisk pace, its execution feels rather plain and unexciting.
Yet, despite the under-developed story, there are enough enjoyable character interactions and amusing scenarios for the movie to get by on. The humour works for the most part, though never reaching laugh out loud levels. There’s some playful physical comedy and dialogue, but also a lot of forced jokes that fall flat. Meanwhile, Jibran and Leilani spend the better part of the movie arguing over various topics, which is equal parts fun and grating.
The main reason the movie works is because of Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani. Their dynamic and energy make even the more conventional scenes watchable. The banter feels natural, and their more sentimental scenes are endearing. Though the rekindling of their relationship could have been better realized, the pair maintain a lively presence consistently, particularly Rae. Unfortunately, the supporting characters are rather forgettable.
The Lovebirds It may not be the most memorable comedy, if you’re looking for breezy, romantic romp, this makes for an enjoyable enough home-viewing.