Thursday, May 13, 2021

Finding You Review: A Entertaining Coming of Age Rom Com

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Release date: May 14, 2021
Running time: 115 minutes
Directed by: Brian Baugh
Written by: Brian Baugh
Starring: Rose Reid, Jedidiah Goodacre, Katherine McNamara, Patrick Bergin, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Judith Hoag, with Tom Everett Scott and Vanessa Redgrave

While studying abroad in Ireland, accomplished young musician Finley (Rose Reid) meets heartthrob movie star Beckett (Jedidiah Goodacre) shooting his latest medieval fantasy blockbuster. Sparks fly between the unlikely couple who inspire each other to find the strength to be true to oneself. But when forces surrounding Beckett’s stardom threaten to crush their dreams, Finley must decide what she is willing to risk for love. 

Eva-Jane Gaffney	...	Ciara Frank McGovern	Frank McGovern	...	Connor Ciaran McMahon	Ciaran McMahon	...	Sean Helen Roche	Helen Roche	...	Fiona Doyle Michelle Hlongwane	Michelle Hlongwane	...	Sinead David Duggan	David Duggan	...	Directors Assistant (uncredited) Mark Quigley	Mark Quigley	...	Photographer (uncredited) Produced by  Brian Baugh	...	producer Ken Carpenter	...	producer (p.g.a.) Des Martin	...	line producer: Ireland Stephen Preston	...	producer Julian Reid	...	executive producer A. Michael Roman	...	executive producer Julie Ryan	...	producer (p.g.a.)
Finding You has a very cute vibe that is accentuated by the chemistry between Reid and Goodacre.  It is apparent from the earliest scenes and these two leave a lot unsaid; much is communicated by their body language and actions.  It is really fun to see the two get to know each other, and to see Beckett break down Finley's cautious walls.  I enjoyed the banter back and forth between the pair as their friendship develops and deepens.  The pair are joined by a fun, quirky cast who help to make sure their time in Ireland is enjoyable.  Finley's host family is a cast of characters, each with their own unique personalities and a very different thing to add to the dynamic.  They gently nudge Finley and Beckett together in their own ways.  And I also really liked seeing Tom Everett Scott from That Thing You Do in this film!

And another aspect of Finding You, one that will be especially enjoyable for those stuck at home, is that the movie has some breathtaking scenery.  Set in Ireland, the movie has some really beautiful images of the Irish countryside and famous landmarks.  Although much of it takes place in a small Irish town, you really get a sense of the amazing countryside as the pair explore.  And these are paired with some enjoyable musical tracks that you have probably heard before in other romantic comedies.  But Finding You is not your cookie cutter romcom.  Finley and Beckett have very different experiences and I liked the strange life that Finley leads.  Sure it is a little unbelievable that a superstar would be planning these quaint Irish trips, but it is an enjoyable suspension of disbelief.

Finding You's story brings in more than just the pair.  There are a few side stories that move the plot along but also make sure that you get to meet some additional characters and added drama.  I actually thought that these could have been cut down as the film is already pretty long, but I won't begrudge the movie for having them.  These storylines did provide some more context and allowed the couple to see new aspects of each other.  But the film itself piles on the drama and makes some of the character choices towards the end just feel odd.  There were some unrealistic and impossible choices that were placed on the pair.  But hey, it's a coming of age romcom, of course there will be impossible choices.  And overall, the Finding You is just a really enjoyable experience, which is something that we all need right now.

Finding You is as fun as an Irish jig with an entertaining dynamic between the leads, an enjoyable story, and some beautiful shots of the Irish countryside.

Watch it.

Directed by  Brian Baugh	Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)   Brian Baugh
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