Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Right One Review: A Wonderful Premise and Cast

Iliza Shlesinger	...	Kelly David Koechner	David Koechner	...	Bob Glasser Cleopatra Coleman	Cleopatra Coleman	...	Sara Leanne Lapp	Leanne Lapp	...	Allegra Nick Thune	Nick Thune	...	Godfrey Tarun Keram	Tarun Keram	...	Artist Trezzo Mahoro	Trezzo Mahoro	...	Geke Lauren McGibbon	Lauren McGibbon	...	Office Manager Amy Goodmurphy	Amy Goodmurphy	...	Calliope Exec #1 M.J. Kokolis	M.J. Kokolis	...	Shad Nykeem Provo	Nykeem Provo	...	Simon Calix Fraser	Calix Fraser	...	Kid with Bongo Drums Carolyn Adair	Carolyn Adair	...	Kissing Couple Charlotte Kavanagh	Charlotte Kavanagh	...	Chloe Anthony Shim	Anthony Shim	...	Ben

Release date: February 5, 2020
Running time: 101 minutes
Starring: Nick Thune (Dave Made A Maze), Cleopatra Coleman (“The Last Man on Earth”), Iliza Shlesinger (Pieces of a Woman) and David Koechner (Anchorman series).
Written and Directed By: Ken Mok

In this heartfelt and hilarious rom-com, Sara (Coleman), a novelist struggling with writer's block, needs inspiration — and finds it when she serendipitously meets Godfrey (Thune), a down-on-his-luck oddball who constantly changes personas and alter egos in order to cope with his past and avoid reality. Just as Godfrey begins to open up to Sara, he discovers that she’s been using him as inspiration for her next novel, and he vanishes from her life. Did Sara just lose the man of her dreams, or will she be able to find him and make things right?

Director: Ken Mok Writer: Ken Mok    Produced by  Jason Bourque	...	producer Jonathan DuBois	...	line producer Aaron Dykshoorn	...	co-executive producer Sean Fernald	...	producer Justin Michael Friedlander	...	executive producer Ken Frith	...	co-producer Steph Gannon	...	associate producer Timothy Marlowe	...	producer Ken Mok	...	producer Jennifer Pike	...	associate producer Matthew D. Rufh	...	co-executive producer Jennifer Sanderson	...	executive producer Dale Tanguay	...	Post Production Producer Geneva Wasserman	...	producer
The Right One starts off with a phenomenal introduction to Godfrey and some of his crazy personas.  It is a great way to get you hooked as Thune does a wonderful job and changes completely into each of these counterparts.  They are creative, quite different, and really form a lot of the comedy in this movie.  And although the movie starts with a lot of humor, it starts to get its heart when Thune and Coleman begin to interact.  Coleman is a fun foil to Thune, more reserved yet still an enjoyable character to follow.  And the two have a great dynamic as they find out more and more about each other.  Coleman is not only pushed by Thune, but is also pushed by her friend / agent Kelly (Shlesinger), who is another nice foil to Coleman.  Shlesinger plays the alpha wonderfully and I really liked how strong and driven her character was.  

The Right One also has some commentary about pushing oneself and the masks that we wear to get through tough times.  And although the film tries to explore some of Godfrey's traumas, it felt a little tacked on to this otherwise wonderful premise.  When exploring more about his character, the film felt less funny and more bland, which was part of the point but also not the main reason I would watch a rom-com.  Additionally, the level of buy in that Sara had to Godfrey's dilemma felt unrealistic compared to their level of interaction.  It felt like the film could have been a little longer and allowed Godfrey to take on a few more scenes with his personas, and that would have maybe balanced this aspect of the film.  Sure they ticked the rom-com boxes and made for some nice dialogue and sound bites, but overall, it felt like it just scratched the surface for what this movie could have been.  But that being said, the performances by the entire cast are wonderful to watch and this movie will make you laugh, smile, and cheer.  And in this time, that is all that we could ask for.

The Right One is a hilarious rom-com with an amazingly funny premise, a great cast, and enough heart to appeal to any persona. 

Rent it.

Comedy Rom Com RomCom Drama Mental Health Personality Multiple Personalities Love Dating Romance
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The Right One is available digitally on February 5, 2021 and physically on February 9, 2021.

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