I’m kind of on the fence when it comes to these Netflix original movies. There are some that I love like What Happened to Monday, which you can read my review of here, and Bright, which you can read my review of here here, but there are also some Netflix original movies that I avoid like the plague like the ones with Adam Sandler. Nothing against Adam Sandler because he is truly a funny man, it’s just his movies recently have been a little off. Anyway, going into this movie I wasn’t sure what to expect because I’ve never watched a romantic comedy that was a Netflix original, but I went in with an open mind so keep reading to see what I thought of this movie.
Set It Up is about two extremely tired assistants Harper, played by Zoey Deutch, and Charlie, played by Glen Powel, whose bosses, Kristen, played by Lucy Lui, and Rick, played by Taye Diggs, are just running them ragged. Kristen and Rick basically have no lives so their assistants basically have no lives. A chance meeting between the two assistants make them hatch the perfect plan to hook up Kristen and Rick so that they have a chance of having an actual life. Since Harper and Charlie know everything about Kristen and Rick, this seems like the perfect plan…or is it? Will their plain work and Kristen and Rick will go off to live happily ever after making their assistants lives less of a living hell or will this all blow up in their faces? You’ll have to watch to find out.
So I have to say that yes this is like one of those super corny Hallmark chick-flick movies, but I really enjoyed it and about halfway in realized that it suddenly stopped being about Kristen and Rick and more about Harper and Charlie. This movie had everything that a normal chick-flick is expected to have, romance, conflict, sadness, and finally a happy ending, but the question is for who. I won’t spoil that here, but I will say that watching the movie was satisfying as it had a decent run time and didn’t go on for ages. It also ended openly and nicely that was fitting for the movie as a whole. Although this had that super corny Hallmark chick-flick vibe to it, I really did enjoy it because it was a Netflix movie and seemed a little bit more mature and not as corny and all lovey dovey where the problems that that the couples have are superficial and can easily be fixed. It did have that ending twist though, that was super Hallmark chick-flick corny, but I really enjoyed it.
Can I quickly say how much I love Lucy Lui? It doesn’t really matter what she’s in I think that she’s a great actress and plays each part really well. She especially does well in this movie as this working woman who wants to start her own empire. Kudos to Taye Diggs as well who is just great as playing these super jackass guys, sorry but it just works for him. Another nod goes to new comers Zoey Deutch and Glen Powel who I haven’t seen in another movie before. Each of them have some serious talent and it will be nice to see where they go from here. Hopefully they don’t get stuck in this loop of being in Netflix original movies like those people who get stuck in playing in Hallmark original movies. Each actor brings something else to the table making this movies ensemble work perfectly and it just makes the whole movie.
Overall I give this movie a 3.5 out of 5.
So yes this is one of those super love story type movies that is of course a huge chick-flick because of the happy ending that it has. Not everyone has a happy ending so that’s a little different, but it was good. I will say that towards the end, it was clear to see which way this movie was going and even though it had you focus on Kristin and Rick you should have been concentrating on Harper and Charlie. This is one of those feel good kind of guilty pleasure movies that I have to say I wouldn’t mind watching maybe one more time. It’s also a nice change of pace from the action / adventure type Netflix movies that I’ve watched in the past. I like that Netflix is branching off and creating new types of movies. So I’m going to recommend this movie if you want to watch something that is a borderline Hallmark movie and say skip this movie if you really just hate chick-flicks.