Love Guaranteed Movie Review: Routine Romcom Starting Rachael Leigh Cook And Damon Wayans Jr Redeemed By Smart Writing

Love Guaranteed movie review out! The film starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr is saved by smart writing.

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Love Guaranteed Movie Review: Routine Romcom Starting Rachael Leigh Cook And Damon Wayans Jr Redeemed By Smart Writing

A blah courtroom drama blended into a bland rom-com…this is the best description for Love, Guaranteed, a trivial pursuit of courtship and love nudging a  social issue but barely able to stand on its high-heeled feet. Outwardly Love Guaranteed is a well-designed blues-chaser with two good-looking actors in well-tailored clothes and a blasé attitude. But the façade of sophistication wears thin as the characters begin to appear emptied-out and uninspired.

The yarn takes off well and then settles down to be a yawn. Susan  Whittaker(Rachel Leigh Cook )  is one of those client-less lawyers who probably specializes in nuisance litigation. “Nuisance” shows up in the form of  Nick Evans(Damon Wayans Junior) who seems to be one of those idle-rich sorts in pursuit of a goal in life.

The  “goal” is a  dating site which  “guarantees” love when we know that no one can do that: guarantee love. While the rest of the world wants to take China to the court for a virus fraud, Nick goes to court for a dating fraud.

In the hands of a  comic auteur like David Cronenberg, the idea could have melted and merged into a  meaningful mound. The half-baked writing and the vapid characters (Susan Whittaker’s two assistants, one camp male the other a ditsy female, behave like Laurel and Hardy) doesn’t help in giving a definitive shape to the film’s insipid aspirations.

Heather Graham(remember her sterling presence in Drugstore Cowboy?)   makes a belated entry as a spoilt heiress willing to throw millions at a litigant to quash a legal suit. It’s like trying to crush a  fly with a steamroller. Nothing fits. Everything happens in fits. And that includes the intelligent moments that show up once in a while, too rarely to demand patient viewing.

Interestingly the hero being a Black American is not an issue here. The film embraces colour blindness and a cultural naivete that wants us to applaud the film’s racial freedom in a film that doesn’t respect the audiences’ basic intelligence.

Directed by Mark Steven Johnson Love Guaranteed Gets 2 stars. 

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