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'Big' or '13 Going on 30' But With, Like, Pets? No Wonder the RomCom Is Dead

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 12, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 12, 2017 |

The era of the franchise movie and/or extended universe has been brutal to the smattering of us who really like romantic comedies, even though most of them are terrible. I can literally count on one hand the number of good, studio romantic comedies in the last six years: About Time, Silver Linings Playbook, Trainwreck, Bridget Jones’ Baby, and Crazy Stupid Love. Indie studios still put out the occasional decent one (What If, Colossal, Obvious Child, Life Partners), but truthfully, the genre is pretty much dead, or at least on hiatus until people get tired of Marvel films.

It’s too bad, too, because if anything, romcoms were a great platform for comedic talent. It’s meant much less Judy Greer in our lives (although, she’s great in Casual), and all of Chris Messina’s good looks are just wasting away. Shame.

Well, Unleashed is not going to save either the romantic comedy or the body-switching genre. Kate Micucci is the lead, which 1) is great but 2) why must it be this movie? It’s a body switching comedy where the dog and cat of Micucci’s character take the human form of Shameless castmates, Justin Chatwin and Steve Howe.

It’s, well, I mean: Just watch, and I’ll leave you with Lord Castleton’s reaction to the trailer: “Samwise looks fucking great. I love him. Justin Chatwin looks like he’s fucking killing it as a cat in that trailer but #TEAMDOG always and forever.”

It says something that I’m so starved for a decent romcom that I’ll probably end up watching this while waiting for the release of Landline and The Big Sick in my area (this week!) I am basically counting on Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani to resurrect the romcom.

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