Review: The Lovebirds

We could come in first.

When we meet Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani, (Issa Rae) they're on their very blissful first dates. Sparks fly, then we fast forward four years into the future where they're having a fight, and ultimately decide to call it quits while driving to a party. On their way there, they accidentally hit someone with their car, he's fine, but suddenly a man (Paul Sparks) claiming to be a police officer jumps in the car with them and murders the man they just hit. He gets away, and the two are left to deal with everything that just happened.

I'm a big fan of both Rae and Nanjiani, I finally started watching the former's Insecure on HBO a few months ago and it's hysterical. I was looking forward to this for the one liners alone, and it turns out that's what this movie is all about because the premise is predictable and a little stupid.

This movie would've bombed with unfunny leads, but lucky for us both of these actors are hilarious and they have great chemistry together. I laughed plenty, but it's hard to make excuses for the bare bones script. You can tell this movie was designed more for one liners, and less for a compelling story.

It made for a decent afternoon watch on Netflix. It's not going to be one of the best films of the year, but I'll take any reason to watch these two.

Recommended: Sure, it's on Netflix after all.

Grade: C+

Memorable Quote: "Oh did you think this was one of those men only doors?" - Leilani (Issa Rae)


  1. Yea, it's not bad but it gets pretty absurd the further it goes. Rae and Nanjiani keep it afloat (Rae is especially good).

  2. i thought it was a lot of fun, and them riffing off each other was great. it's not an original concept, but i had fund with it

    1. It's definitely not boring and I enjoyed their banter too. I would not have watched this with anyone else.

  3. This was fun, and it's persuading me to finally watch Insecure.

  4. Will Tom & Jerry be your 19th Must See 2020 Film?

  5. Woah that plot sounds insane! I thought this was just, like, a love story. Really intrigued now (how can that plot be predictable?? I need to see for myself!)


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