Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
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- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
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- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
The 2020 Pandemic royally messed up a looooooot of films, and completely rewrote the new release landscape as studios realized that direct to streaming major releases was possible. That being said, part of me is really sad about the lack of theatrical releases that we’re still seeing, as actually GOING to the movies was such a big part of the experience. Seeing a movie hit digital just doesn’t seem exciting and engaging like it used to. Movies I once looked forward to are now being put “in the queue” and forgotten about when they hit a streaming service, and I for one really do miss the whole experience. Loud children in R rated movies and sticky floors included.
The Lovebirds was originally scheduled to release in theaters the same time as New Mutants back in April of 2020 via Paramount, but after the shutdowns Netflix bought the rights to the film from Paramount, and the flick got released in May of 2020 on Netflix’s streaming service. Like I said above, It got stuck on “the queue” for the last year and I never DID get around to watching it. I mean, the trailer was completely painful to watch, BUT it was directed by Michael Showalter, who directed The Big Sick (also starring Kumail Najiani, which turned him into a leading man overnight) and is most infamously known as the man behind Wet Hot American Summer (one of the great classic raunch coms). So, I was going to give it a spin eventually, but was probably forever lost in my ever growing Netflix queue.
Well, I kind of wish I hadn’t after this. The trailer tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about the film, and Michael Showalter’s massive success with The Big Sick doesn’t strike twice, even with the help of Kumail returning with him. This was a movie that Paramount thanked their lucky stars that Netflix bought the rights to, as it was a disaster waiting to happen. It follows all of the most painful rom-com tropes you can imagine, just with two of the most unlikable leads that I’ve seen out of all the 2020 “oopsie” films.
The Lovebirds pretty much fails at everything it sets out to do. The script is nonexistent, with Kumail and Issa ad libbing their way through one scene to the next, screaming and making inane decisions, only for the audience to be left wondering just why we’re supposed to care for them. Basically it’s Tina Fey and Steve Carell’s Date Night, just not nearly as funny (Issa Rae tries to bring her race based comedy antics into the movie, and it falls flatter than Kumail’s face) and all you can do is just beg for the film to be over.
Rated R for sexual content, language throughout and some violence
• Gag Reel
• The Art of Compromise with Kumail and Issa
• The Lovebirds Quiz
• Lovebirds on the spot
The Lovebirds is just plain unfunny. Kumail and Issa are not really meshing AT ALL on screen, with only Anna Camp coming off as remotely entertaining (even though she’s badly underutilized). It’s been done to death, and death is really what this movie deserves. Michael Showalter has shown great talent as a writer over the years, and I was REALLY hoping for another The Big Sick, but sadly the entire production just falls flat on it’s face. One thing that has me scratching my head is the availability of the Blu-ray edition. Paramount sent the DVD for the release to review and while I notice that a Blu-ray release is supposedly out there (at least many a retailer has a spot for it) the Blu-ray is basically MIA on release date. No one has it, and no one can seem to find out if it’s ever being released, or if the web references to it are just old place holders that never materialized. Either way, the DVD looks and sounds ok, and even has some decent extras, but nothing can make up for a nonexistent script with co-stars that have 0 chemistry. Skip It.
Starring: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, Paul Sparks
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Written by: Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall, Martin Gero
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 MPEG2
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Runtime: 86 Minutes (Rated) / 94 minutes (Unrated)
DVD Release Date: June 8th 2021
Recommendation: Skip It