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The Rom-Com for Modern Women: ‘Isn’t It Romantic?’

I know that the trailers make it look like a trainwreck, but I had the opportunity to go watch "Isn't It Romantic?". In actuality, the movie was really well done and I would recommend it to anyone, even if you’re not a fan of romantic comedies.


Rebel Wilson stars in this movie as Natalie, an architect at a firm where no one will look at her designs. She grew up hating romantic comedies, and the result is that she ends up trapped inside of one. The only way to get out of it is to act out the whole romantic comedy, including all the stereotypes. Will she find love?

With names like Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra, you don’t want to miss this film that’ll have you laughing and falling in love. 

1. It plays at the rom-com stereotypes

At the beginning of the movie, Natalie lists all of the things that she can’t stand about rom-coms. The movie does this clever thing where it ends up including all of these things in the film. From the choreographed dance number to having a gay best friend, this film has it all.  Even if you’re not into the typical romantic comedy, it’s easy to appreciate the wit that went into developing this movie. 

2. Natalie isn’t the standard damsel in distress

Usually, Rebel Wilson has played the part of some pretty obnoxious characters in her career, but I found myself rooting for her in this one. Natalie is such a dimensional and relatable character that I think it’s hard not to like her. The truth is, she’s just a woman trying to get a roomful of men to acknowledge her, and she doesn’t have the sex appeal that some women have. Just like every modern woman, she just wants to break the glass ceiling and have it all.

3. It just makes you feel good

There aren’t a lot of movies that make me feel better about myself. "The Hunger Games" made me question the direction humanity is going, and classic rom-coms like "The Devil Wears Prada" make me feel as though I should be working harder in my life (which is probably true). With "Isn’t It Romantic?", I may not have been laughing the whole time. But I chuckled the whole time, because it made me realize how ridiculous it might be to want my life to be as perfect as one of these movies. Some of us know this on a subconscious level and we sometimes just need the reminder. 

I personally feel like it’s been a while since a solid rom-com has been released. With Netflix’s "Set It Up," "To All the Boys I Loved Before," and now "Isn’t It Romantic?," they might just be making a comeback.

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Kristi is a student at the University of Central Florida striving to pursue her passions. A former resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, she’s now a contributing member for HerCampus. When she isn’t writing, she’s out on an adventure with her dog Damian. You can follow her stories on her blog https://kristimyblog.com. 
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