‘I Want You Back’ Review: Hollywood’s Handout to the Heartbroken

You can expect certain things out of Hollywood, especially when it comes to the calendar. Generally, movies with award hopes

'I Want You Back' Review: Hollywood's Handout to the Heartbroken

You can expect certain things out of Hollywood, especially when it comes to the calendar. Generally, movies with award hopes are released at the end of the year. Popcorn blockbusters drop in early summer. And yes, movies about the four letter word that is “love” will come out on Valentine’s Day. You can also expect Hollywood to take care of the heartbroken too. And that is just what “I Want You Back” does, appease the black hearted, disenfranchised by love group… sorta.

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“I Want You Back” is the story of Emma (Jenny Slate) and Peter (Charlie Day). The two have recently been dumped by their significant others. Emma was dropped like cold coffee over a hot breakfast by her boyfriend Noah (Scott Eastwood). Peter was celebrating a kids birthday party when he was taken down by his love Anne (Gina Rodriguez).  Seems Peter isn’t ambitious enough for Anne, an uptight school teacher. Both are sulking in the stairway one floor apart from their workplace when they strike up a convo. Soon the two are bonding over being broken-hearted.

If it Ain’t Broke…

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Surely by now you can see where this is going. Yep, you got it – a plan is hatched to take back their life and get their love(s) back. But, as most movies go, it’s not that easy. Noah has moved on to a pie maker who is cooking up more than chocolate cream pie in the kitchen, if you know what I mean. And Anne has set her sights on  a drama teacher in her school – ya know, cause that is waaay more ambitious than Peter’s job of selling space in retirement homes (insert eye roll here).

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For her job, Emma will seduce said drama teacher and make Anne see that she’s made a terrible mistake thereby sending her back into Peter’s arms. The seduction scene is set and Emma’s plan is to have a night of passion where all three parties are pleased. In other words, a threesome is scheduled and Anne is on board complete with her best friend jealousy. Seeing a half clothed Gina Rodriguez is never a bad idea. Seeing her half clothed with another woman and a man with abs so defined you swear he’s photoshopped is a great idea. Spoiler alert #1: it works. Anne is back to Peter faster than you can say “Threesome.”

I Want You Back

You can expect certain things out of Hollywood, especially when it comes to the calendar. Generally, movies with award hopes are released at the end of the year. Popcorn blockbusters drop in early summer. And yes, movies about the four letter word that is “love” will come out on Valentine’s Day. You can also expect Hollywood to take care of the heartbroken too. And that is just what “I Want You Back” does, appease the black hearted, disenfranchised by love group… sorta. 

For Peter, his job is to make Noah his BFF and slowly point him back to Emma. Spoiler Alert #2: it does not work. Noah is too far in love with his new piece of pie. And that is where the spoilers stop. You will have to watch this movie to see how it ends. 

See it or Skip it?

You can’t exactly put aside that this is a Valentine’s Day movie. It is marketed as a breakup movie, but let’s be honest, if you’ve seen even one heartbreak rom-com movie you know how it’s going to end. It’s not rocket science. Yes, there are other options this weekend for the Hallmark Holiday of love. “I Want You Back,” sets itself apart with a relatable cast even if the idea is far from original. Charlie Day is charming as always and Jenny Slate is at the top of my “BFF Wish List” after this movie. It’s cute and comforting. And hey, need I remind you that Gina Rodriguez is half naked?

6 OUT OF 10

“I Want You Back” is streaming on Amazon Prime. It is rated R and is 111 minutes long.

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