Confession: I first watched The Lovebirds, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, the day it came out on Netflix (May 22), but I needed to watch it again before writing this review because I was afraid I missed something laughing so much.
The film was originally scheduled for a theatrical release last month from Paramount, but due to the virus and quarantine, the studio sold the rights allowing Netflix to debut the film.
The movie starts as Jibran (Nanjiani) and Leilani (Rae) are in their early dating phase as a couple in New Orleans, but kicks in a few minutes (and four years later) as the couple are having a huge, possibly relationship-ending, spat in the car.
They end up in an accident, which is hijacked into a police chase, which ends in a murder that makes them realize that all is not as it seems.
Worried that they might be suspects, they go on the run…and manage to get into even more trouble.
The hijinks culminate in a crazy scene that includes a secret society, a bingo meets Eyes Wide Shut meets Logan’s Run “carousel” event, and the police.
And that’s not even the funniest scene of the movie.
I really needed the laughs this weekend and The Lovebirds delivered just that. Rae and Nanjiani had amazing comedic chemistry together, and should team together for more movies.
It helps they had a good script to work with. It mixed quality zingers with some great slapstick. There were one or two scenes I felt could’ve been better, however it had a strong finish. The New Orleans backdrop for their adventures was also a plus.
There was also a lot of heart to the film as this constantly bickering couple haphazardly tries to work through their problems while trying to stay alive. It all boils down to trust.
The Lovebirds is available for streaming via Netflix, and if you’re looking for a good comedy, I suggest adding to your queue.
This film gets a 4 out of 5 rating from me.
Director: Michael Showalter
Cast: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Anna Camp, Paul Sparks, Moses Camp
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