Love, Guaranteed

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Rachel Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr. in 'Love, Guaranteed.'
Rachel Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr. in 'Love, Guaranteed.'
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2.5/5 Stars


To save her small law firm, earnest lawyer Susan (Rachael Leigh Cook) takes a high-paying case from Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.), a charming new client who wants to sue a dating website that guarantees love. But as the case heats up, so does Susan and Nick's feelings for each other.


Love, Guaranteed was okay-ish. I didn't mind it; however, it's more for one of those random afternoons when you don't want to commit to something really good. If you're into Lifetime-esque romcoms, and you don't mind the predictability that tends to come with it, you'll quite enjoy this new Netflix movie.

Rachel Leigh Cook is Susan, a small-town lawyer, obsessed with her work, but who so very clearly wants more while her sister spends time with her family, she gets her takeout out of the fridge and stares longingly out her window as the rain comes pouring down. There are a lot of these scenes that you will have seen time and time again, but at least the premise seems a little New Age.

Damon Wayans Jr. is Nick, and in a classic meet cute, bumps into Susan who just happens to be the lawyer he's on his way to see. He's suing the app, Love, Guaranteed for fraud after they promised he'd find love after at least 1 000 dates - I know, right?

Susan's business is going under, and she's forced to take on his case despite thinking he's a total jerk who just wants a payout. Obviously, he's not - and they fall hopelessly in love at an alarmingly fast rate.

There isn't much more to Susan and Nick's characters, and you don't really need to know much else, both because the story itself isn't that deep, and because you've seen these characters before.

My theory? This is the sequel to She's All That because Rachel's just playing the same character, all grown up. After Freddie Prinze Jr. threw that ball to her at graduation, things slowly fizzled out between the two of them. Not sure why she ended up changing her name from Laney Boggs (never mind, it's really all in the name) to Susan- there's a whole chunk of her life missing - but she settles down in a small town, and it's bye Freddie Prinze Jr. and hello Damon Wayans Jr.

But I digress.

I do feel Damon Wayans Jr.'s comedic talents are wasted in this movie - and it could've done with a bit more comedy. Romance too, but again, it's not that deep.

Familiar characters, a cheesy score – with the odd insert of elevator music during the "funnier" scenes - and an undeniable predictability, didn't really set this movie apart from all the other scrappy Netflix romcoms. But still, there is something oddly endearing about it.

Maybe it was the familiarity of it all or the fact that I started the movie and knew immediately I wasn't guaranteeing (get it?) myself the greatest time. Either way, Love, Guaranteed was ultimately still a good watch to pass the time - a charming little romcom, if ever there was one.



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