WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
On the way home from a botched client meeting, Emma mistakenly reveals all her deepest secrets to a handsome stranger sitting next to her when her plane hits turbulence. At least, she thought he was a stranger...until she later meets Jack, her company’s young CEO, who now knows every humiliating detail about her.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
A despondent Emma Corrigan (Alexandra Daddario) leaves Chicago after a disappointing business trip and finds herself sitting next to a handsome stranger (Tyler Hoechlin) on the plane back home. With some unexpected turbulence, an already disenchanted and distressed Emma, now fearing for her life, turns to the man next to her and divulges all her darkest secrets and deep-seated fears – including the fact that she thinks she's never been in love before. Based on the book by Sophie Kinsella (the same author of Confessions of a Shopaholic), the film is a romantic comedy through and through, with Alexandra Daddario shining as the lead.
The film plays out like most romantic comedies: girl meets boy, girl is thankful she'll never see boy ever again after an awkward meet-cute, until, of course, she does, before finding out he's actually her boss. Some are calling the film a new generation, postfeminist romcom, and it's filled with subtle, but sharp, humour as a result. It also includes a sex-positive feminist friend (Kimiko Glenn) for Emma, and a dancing lawyer as her roommate (Sunita Mani), played by a diverse and talented cast. But it's Alexandra Daddario's performance as Emma Corrigan that stands out as she takes on her first leading role.
For the most part, Daddario's played supporting characters in films such as Baywatch and the Percy Jackson series, but she takes on the quirky lead perfectly in Can You Keep a Secret?. She delivers her one-liners with confidence and still manages to switch to a Bridget Jones-esque ball of sadness when she cries her eyes out after feeling as though her life's falling apart – but in a way that's still somehow hilarious and relatable. While I liked the fact that Daddario's character took centre stage while Tyler Hoechlin's Jack Harper was clearly not our main protagonist, I do feel the script sort of let Hoechlin down as a result. He was a handsome and charming love interest, but that was pretty much it. And not making him real and well-rounded enough, sort of made their love story unconvincing, and, just flat.
With that, the storyline itself also fell flat and was pretty predictable too. Again – girl meets boy, girl thinks she'll never see boy again, girl falls in love with boy, and things go wrong after some or other complication – this romantic comedy plays out just as every other would, even the complication itself, wasn't a surprise; it was glaringly obvious after the couple's first encounter.
So while the film had a lot of great moments, in its entirety it was unsurprising, and I'm not quite sure if a few fleeting moments is enough to get me to the cinema.
So all things considered, though Can You Keep a Secret? is entertaining and worth watching, maybe it isn't really a get-all-dressed-up-and-leave-the-house kind of film. Perhaps it's best to adopt the film's new generation approach, and just wait until you're able to stream it.