Lately I’ve been watching a lot of sci-fi content so I decided to rest my overworked brain and go for something light. Suddenly I craved for a fun romantic comedy that doesn’t demand much from my brain cells, like the stellar Lost in Space (review soon!) and my catch-up of all the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And just when I needed something to warm my cold heart during the rainy season, Set It Up was made available on the streaming platform. It was just what I needed.
In Set it Up, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell), are the assistants to Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs), two high-powered executives who overwork their staff. The two assistants connive to make their bosses fall in love, in the hopes of slowing them down so they could also get some semblance of a normal life. Soon, they realize that it’s not as easy as it seems, especially when the chemistry isn’t right.
The idea of secretly setting two people up may not be a new premise. It’s something we’ve seen time and again, but what makes this entertaining is how Harper and Charlie manipulate their bosses into liking each other, even if they’re both type A personalities. Sadly, the comedy is a bit of a hit and miss, with many of my laughs induced by extras, most notably Titus Burgess as Creepy Tim.
Despite that, Netflix’s Set It Up is a fun and easy watch thanks to the performances of the leads. Deutch and Powell are charming characters and you root for them and their duplicitous scheme. Deutch has a quirky personality that reminds me of Zooey Deschanel, while Powell has that fratboy persona that can still be endearing. Liu’s Kirsten may not be as formidable as her O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill but I liked her performance, which meshed well with Diggs’ Rick.
This is the kind of movie that you enjoy on a Friday night in, wrapped in a cozy blanket with maybe some wine or a pint of ice cream. Watching this, it reminded me of the rom-coms I loved in the ’90s and early ’00s: lively, fluffy, and a whole lot of fun.