I’ve always loved a romantic comedy.
I grew up on the greats of the 1980s and 1990s – Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, Notting Hill and Serendipity.
I used to devour them. They were like comfort food for me, a tiny shot of happiness to remind me that sometimes – just sometimes – there’s a little magic in the world.
But then slowly rom-coms became a thing of the past.
They dwindled until they were almost extinct.
Finding a good rom-com these days is akin to finding a unicorn who will do a Maccas run for you ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
I was starting to think I’d never stumble on another good rom-com, or a Maccas-fetching unicorn, but then I found Netflix’s Set It Up.
The Netflix original movie is packed with rom-com-y goodness.
Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell) are two young, overworked assistants who run around New York City trying to keep up with the crazy demands of their bosses.
Harper’s boss (Lucy Liu) is a sharp-tongued sports reporter, who ventures out of her office intermittently, to give Harper vague orders like “Order me that thing I like from the place with the gay waiter, the closeted one” and “I’m taking a nap, wake me up at midnight, but don’t startle me, play me a lullaby that slowly increases volume”.
Charlie’s boss Rick (Taye Diggs) is a venture capitalist and also a bit of a d*ck.
After a ‘meet-cute’ one night, Harper and Charlie hatch a plan to set up their bosses, hoping that it’ll make their lives a little bit easier.
And their plan works.
They basically Parent Trap their bosses and begin to reap the benefits – like being able to leave the office before midnight and not being shouted at for hours on end.
Of course, this whole plot is just a device to bring our two main characters together.
Over the course of their plottin’ and schemin’, Harper and Charlie become friends, and slowly and surely begin to feel a little spark between them.
Like all good rom-coms the cast includes two quirky best friends, played by Meredith Hagner (Search Party) and Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live), who see the spark between Harper and Charlie and subtly guide them towards each other.
Set It Up is predictable, it’s a bit cheesy, and it’s nothing you haven’t seen before.
But it’s the perfect shot of rom-com-y goodness to remind you that sometimes, what you’re looking for is right in front of you.
Set It Up is streaming on Netflix now.