Isn’t It Romantic: Rebel Wilson and the Anti-Rom-Com

Romantic comedies (rom-coms for short) seem to provide the happy medium when it comes to the silver screen; women get the romantic story line that they’re looking for, while men still find something they can get a good laugh out of.

The general concept of most romantic comedies are the same: attractive leading actors and actresses, an undeniable chemistry, a clumsy yet lovable leading lady, and people who pick up on the blooming romance before either of the main two characters. That’s what makes Isn’t It Romantic, the Netflix streaming rom-com, such a special film.

Liam Hemsworth plays the part of the leading man in Isn’t It Romantic, opposite Australian born actress and comedienne, Rebel Wilson. Wilson got her start acting in her native Australia in the early 2000’s before making the move to Hollywood. It didn’t take long for the opportunities to start coming in for Rebel, who quickly landed a role in the film, “Bridesmaids” that was written specifically for her. Wilson also got comedic parts on the CBS comedy “Rules of Engagement,” Comedy Central’s “Workaholics,” and had a voice over role in “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”

Wilson’s talents aren’t limited to being on screen; in 2012, Rebel wrote and starred in a comedy series called “Super Fun Night” which was picked up by CBS and saw late night funnyman Conan O’Brien come on board as an executive producer.

Wilson’s success continued as she joined the voice cast for “Kung Fu Panda” and was featured in all three films in the “Pitch Perfect” franchise. Read more: Pitch Perfect for Rebel Wilson | VanityFair and Isn’t it Romantic Trailer | Glamour

Her role as the atypical heroine in Isn’t It Romantic is only cemented by the fact that Wilson became the spokeswomen for Jenny Craig Weight loss in Australia in 2011. It’s hardly a common thing to see someone who is open about a desire to lose weight land the leading role in a romantic comedy, but that’s what makes Wilson’s work opposite Hemsworth so special.

In this film, Wilson is a skeptic of any sort of romantic relationship. That skepticism is only intensified by a mother (played by Jennifer Saunders) that tells her she will only ever find a husband if she finds a man who is looking for a visa.

Natalie (the role played by Wilson) is mugged in a subway and wakes up in a hospital. The ironic twist comes when Natalie regains consciousness, and finds that her life has become one of the romantic comedies that she was openly mocking 15 minutes earlier in the film.

Isn’t It Romantic manages to poke fun at the rom-com genre, and in turn at itself, by casting all of the over exaggerated characters, cheesy 90’s based soundtrack, and other satirical cliches that make this film a breath of fresh air.

A film that makes fun of itself needs a star that is willing to make fun of herself, and that is part of what makes Rebel Wilson the perfect leading lady for an “anti-rom-com.”

Learn more about Rebel Wilson:

https://ew.com/movies/2018/10/31/rebel-wilson-isnt-it-romantic-trailer/
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/isnt-it-romantic-trailer-rebel-wilson-stars-rom-spoof-1156788

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