Netflix’s ‘Falling INN Love’ Review: Typical But Right At The Same Time
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Genre: Romance, Comedy| Release: August 29th 2019 | Director / Creator: Roger Kumble | Starring: Christina Milian, Adam Demos, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
When a San Francisco exec wins a New Zealand inn, she ditches city life to remodel and flip the rustic property with help from a handsome contractor.
Every once in a while I crave a good romance in a film. Like the books I read, I want to be swept off my feet as I dive deeper into my already lumpy sofa cushion while sipping on a glass of my favorite wine. As soon as I heard the title “Falling INN Love” I knew from my heartest of hearts that this–this was going be the cheesiest hallmark-esque film the streaming service has ever pulled out of their pockets.
Needless to say I’m trash and watched it.
Falling Inn Love tells the story of Gabriela (Christina Milian), a San Francisco executive who is trying to broaden and expand her career but is continually pushed aside by her colleagues; all the while trying to get her commitment phobic boyfriend to take the next step in their relationship. Fortunately (or unfortunately) fate decides to intervene, and in the span of twenty four hours, Gabriela goes from working and in a relationship, to surfing Indeed and changing her status to single. In deep with the wine bottles Gabriela finds herself entering and winning a shady online contest for the deed to a “beautiful” bed and breakfast in the lush and awe inspiring lands of New Zealand.
As you can picture it, Gabriela doesn’t think twice and off we are to the picture-esque nation of New Zealand. However, like most things in life–things aren’t what they appear. The supposedly beautiful Inn is on its last leg (both internally and externally if we are being blunt), it’s haunted by a ghost (not really but we’ll vibe with it), and a hilarious goat named Gilbert (who I’d like to take home with me). Determined to get what she paid for, Gabriela sets off to be New Zealand’s next HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines; flipping and selling the house so she can go back to the life she knows.
But is anything ever easy?
With challenging neighbors, all to friendly towns folk, and the town’s most eligible bachelor/contractor who does almost everything for the town; Gabriela finds herself on a journey of finding the true meaning of home.
A Typical Romcom
Honestly, this is your typical “fish out of water” story that is predictable as my Sonic order (Large lemon slushie and mozzarella sticks!). We are given everything in this movie that falls in line with your typical romantic comedy, almost to the point where there is no unique identifier to pick it out of the crowd of other romcoms. But even with that, I still found myself grinning like a mad man as I watched the story unfold on my TV screen.
The sexual tension between Gabriela and Jake (Adam Demos) had me clenching my wine tumbler for the better portion of the movie as conflict, miscommunication, and people kept getting in the way. But when get that moment, and the spark ignites, man did my hopeless romantic heart sputter.
The film keeps it promise in the title, as we watch our two main characters connect but we also see the flip side of the title’s promise as we watch Gabriela fall in love with the town, the country, and the people that inhabit this story.
Overall, even through the predictability, Falling Inn Love gives us a feel good sense and rekindles the magic and hope in love again. It tells a story of finding your home, and for that I enjoyed this movie immensely. If you are looking for a easy, feel-good, and entertaining romantic comedy, I highly suggest this one.
Have you seen this? If so, what did you think?