I’m Not in Love review – anti-romcom that nails sex and dating | Comedy films

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Shot in and around London’s Hampstead and Belsize Park areas, this quirky anti-romantic comedy revolves around thirtysomething nutritionist Rob (likably schlubby Al Weaver), an ordinary bloke who can’t quite bring himself to commit, and his longsuffering long-term girlfriend Marta (Cristina Catalina). Keenly aware of how little time is left on her biological clock and desperate to have a baby, she stands by virtually tapping her foot while she waits for him to propose, or at least agree to get her knocked up. Rob, meanwhile, surveys the wildly contradictory advice he gets from his eclectic assortment of male friends.

Some, particularly the ones already paired up and reproducing, counsel Rob to settle for Marta and stop looking for the perfect woman because no one will be that girl. Rob secretly wants to be more of a player like his friend Chris (Morgan Watkins), a smoothie who looks like a better version of Rob – but who is suffering from erectile dysfunction problems and has a growing interest in seeing escorts because it’s “more honest”.

It would be so easy for this film to end up leaving a bitter taste in the mouth, but writer-director Col Spector is trying to work up something that is essentially more honest than the usual romcom. The gags don’t always land, and some of the line deliveries plod painfully on, but there are moments that nail the strange comedy of sexual manners that must be navigated these days; is it appropriate, for example, to pull your date out of a threesome if they’re clearly enjoying themselves and want to stay? The depressed clarinet soundtrack gets a bit irritating after a while, but on the whole it’s not at all bad, and John Henshaw’s cameo as one of Rob’s disgruntled patients is a particular treat.

I’m Not in Love is released on 12 April on digital platforms.

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Source: The Guardian
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