Netflix has a lot of original content nowadays alright. Like A LOT, and it can get hard to sift out the great from the alright from the bad from the cringe-worthy. But the great stuff does exist, and I am here to tell you all about it.
Netflix originals has several genres from which to choose from; do you want horror, suspenseful thrillers, riveting documentaries, or some lighter fare like romantic comedies. Well considering the state of the world right now, depressing and dark, I went with the underrated and under appreciated romantic comedy. Specifically, the new film Set It Up.
The romantic comedy features a main cast is made up of industry veterans and breakout stars alike; Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal, Elementary), Taye Diggs (Rent, Chicago), Zoey Deutch (Flower, Before I Fall), Glen Powell (Scream Queens), Pete Davidson (SNL), and Meredith Hagner (Search Party).
The cast rises to the occasion to make a fresh, current romantic comedy. Sure, does it fall on some similar tropes seen in other rom-coms, but it calls itself out on them! The plot involves two over-worked and probably underpaid personal assistants, Harper (Deutch) and Charlie (Powell) who work for their intimidating and intense bosses; Kirsten (Liu) and Rick (Diggs), respectively. They decide the only way they will be able to have their own lives is to “Cyrano” their bosses and set them up.
Many rom-coms may do the Cyrano technique in which one person instructs another on how to woo the object of their own affection, but not many call out their plan by name, although Charlie argues that they are “parent-trapping” their bosses instead, in the grand tradition of the Lindsay Lohan classic. But what will they discover about each other during this scheme, hmm?
Details aside, Set It Up lets you know pretty early that you are going to get a very self-aware romantic comedy. finally. Harper and Charlie know that this plan is crazy, but they pursue it, until their pesky consciences come into play. Set It Up plays with societal expectations , like the roles of men and women, and inverts them. A powerful woman can command genuine respect, without being a “bitch” and Liu gives a performance that should not be missed.
This movie made me laugh out loud, and really connected to millennial issues of life, relationships, careers and how that all should mix together. It was a pleasant, smart film that I genuinely enjoyed watching, and I am very glad it is easily re-visited on Netflix.