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I Want You Back Review: Charlie Day & Jenny Slate’s Valentines Rom-Com Is More Apt For A Sitcom Setting


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Rating:


2.5
/5


Star
Cast:

Charlie
Day,
Jenny
Slate,
Scott
Eastwood,
Gina
Rodriguez,


Director:

Jason
Orley


Available
On:

Amazon
Prime
Video

Duration:

111
Minutes

Language:

English


Plot:

Peter
and
Emma
are
total
strangers
who
cross
paths
days
after
being
dumped
by
their
partners.
Heartbroken
they
turn
to
each
other
for
friendship,
which
soon
turns
into
more
when
they
see
that
each
of
their
ex-partners
have
happily
moved
on
to
new
romances.

 Charlie Day, Jenny Slate,


Review:

I
Want
You
Back
is
a
twisted
rom-com
that
works
within
the
bounds
of
what’s
ethically
right,
unlike
any
90s
rom
coms
that
either
pitted
women
against
each
other
or
set
up
unrealistic
expectations
for
the
audience.
With
releases
like

Love
Hard

and

I
Want
You
Back,

the
romantic
comedy
genre
is
making
a
subtle
comeback,
Jason
Orley’s
directorial
definitely
sets
up
high
expectations
from
the
genre
and
upcoming
releases
like

Marry
Me.

Coming
back
to
the
Charlie
Day
&
Jenny
Slate-starrer,

I
Want
You
Back

follows
two
strangers
Peter
and
Emma
who
get
dumped
on
the
same
weekend.
Emma
had
been
dating
Noah,
a
hot
fitness
trainer
for
about
six
months
when
he
declares
that
he
has
found
someone
else
who
actually
has
a
drive
for
life.
While
Peter
is
asked
to
leave
a
family
birthday
party
by
Anne
his
girlfriend
of
six
years

the
reason
is
they
have
been
in
a
rut
for
years.

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Emma
returns
to
her
dead-end
job
as
a
receptionist
at
a
dentist
but
can’t
keep
her
tears
to
herself
on
seeing
two
teenagers
confessing
their
love.
Meanwhile,
on
another
floor
in
the
same
building,
Peter
is
also
crying
his
eyes
out
on
realising
that
Anne
is
already
dating
someone
else.
When
they
cross
paths
with
mascara
running
eyes
and
tissue
paper
stuck
to
their
faces,
they
decided
to
become
each
other
‘sadness
sisters’.

Emma
and
Peter
pledge
to
call
each
other
whenever
they
are
tempted
to
call
their
exes,
but
they
end
up
spending
more
time
with
each
other
pinning
over
their
lost
love.
On
realising
that
they
would
never
find
anyone
better,
Emma
suggests
that
they
could
infiltrate
Noah
and
Anne’s
new
relationships
to
break
them
up.
Soon
enough,
chaos
ensues
and
things
don’t
always
go
as
planned.
However,

Love,
Simon

writers
Isaac
Aptaker
and
Elizabeth
Berger
manage
to
keep
the
story
fresh
by
not
opting
for
the
stereotyped
plot
of
Emma
and
Peter
falling
for
each
other
right
away.

The
two
end
up
understanding
each
other
and
spending
time
looking
at
themselves
from
different
perspectives
before
making
any
decisions
for
themselves.
Instead
of
going
for
a
raunchier
rom-com
for
adults,
we
get
a
simpler,
safer

a
sitcom
version.
However,
some
recklessness
would
have
helped
the
lack
of
comedy
in
the
script.
With
a
tighter
plot
and
better
comic
timing
for
the
duo’s
shenanigans,

I
Want
You
Back

would
have
been
the
rom-com
comeback
film.

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Manny
Jacinto
and
Gina
Rodriguez
are
their
charming
selves
even
in
the
supporting
characters.
Their
chemistry
sparks
off
more
than
Charlie
Day
and
Jenny
Slate
do
on
screen.
The
plot
is
about
the
slow-burn
love
being
the
best
kind,
but
they
do
not
get
the
moment
to
hit
it
off
until
the
last
minute.

Overall,

I
Want
You
Back

is
a
fun,
relaxing
watch
which
would
pass
as
a

New
Girl,

or

How
I
Met
Your
Mother

replacement.

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