Isn’t It Romantic is an upcoming romantic comedy with a twist on the genre.
Rebel Wilson stars as Natalie, an architect in New York City. Natalie is cynic who doesn’t believe in love and especially loathes romantic comedies. Read more: Rebel Wilson Joins Cats Movie Musical and Rebel Wilson Isn’t it Romantic First Book
After a run in with a thief leads to Natalie getting knocked unconscious, she wakes up and has the shock of her life. Natalie finds out that she’s trapped in a romantic comedy as the lead, and she cannot escape. Natalie is torn between two love interests – her best friend Josh (Adam DeVine) and handsome stranger Blake (Liam Hemsworth). Meanwhile, Josh has fallen for yoga ambassador Isabella (Priyanka Chopra).
To make matters even worse, the rom-com that Natalie is trapped in is rated PG-13, and nudity and cursing are censored. On the plus side, her wardrobe and apartment get an upgrade.
Isn’t it Romantic includes references to classic rom-coms such as Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, and When Harry Met Sally. It’s chock-full of genre tropes, and even includes musical numbers. Fittingly, the film is set to be released on Valentine’s day. Read more: Rebel Wilson Joins Cats Movie Musical
Isn’t It Romantic delightfully and knowingly plays on the tropes familiar in romantic comedies. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson describes the film as “a romantic comedy about falling in love with yourself. And it’s a romantic comedy about romantic comedies and the romantic stories we tell ourselves.”
The romantic comedy genre has undergone something of a mini renaissance, with the success of films such as Crazy Rich Asians and To All The Boys I’d Loved Before. It’s great timing for a film that pulls out all the stops playing with the genre like Isn’t It Romantic. Learn more about Rebel Wilson: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/10/pitch-perfect-4-rebel-wilson and https://www.broadway.com/buzz/194108/rebel-wilson-to-play-jennyanydots-in-cats-film/
Wilson, perhaps best known for Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, is delighted to be in a leading role this time around. The 38 year old Australian actress is a rising star in Hollywood. As a plus sized actress as well as a female comedian, she’s had to fight an uphill battle, but Wilson has persevered. In fact, Wilson has used her uniqueness in Hollywood to her advantage.
“Being unique and different was a really good thing,” said Wilson. “When I walked into my agent’s office for the first time, they looked at me and said, ‘Wow, we have nobody on our books like you.’ And they signed me on my second day [in the U.S.].”
In addition to starring in Isn’t It Romantic, Wilson is also the film’s co-producer.