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 MilianAdam DemosJeffrey 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.


My thoughtsEvery 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.

The Breakdown

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.
3.5 star

Have you seen this? If so, what did you think?

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9 Comments

  1. proudbookreviews

    September 27, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Other than there being only one actual proper Kiwi (New Zealand) accent I totally agree with you. If it wasn’t for IMDB saying this was filmed entirely in NZ I would’ve assumed it was filmed in Australia since I reckon 95% of the cast were Aussies. I put it on when I was sick and stuck on the couch so didn’t mind too much since it took my mind of being sick for a little bit. But I always have issues where the accents don’t match where they are set

    1. fictionallysam

      October 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      Same! I always think that when productions go the extra mile to authenticate their craft it brings out an entirely different and more realistic product that you just can’t get by faking it.

  2. northernplunder

    September 29, 2019 at 10:21 am

    aww im not a huge romcom fan but i will watch them every now and then to change thepace. i think ill consider this one!

    1. fictionallysam

      October 8, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      oooo yes! This is a type of movie you could play in the background and just chill too haha!

  3. TheCaffeinatedReader

    September 30, 2019 at 5:29 am

    I have to be in the right mood for a romcom but I love them when I’m in the mood, there’s something so comforting in how predictable they are! I’ll have to give this one a watch next time the mood hits me!

    1. fictionallysam

      October 8, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      Honestly Same (the life of a mood consumer)! Hope you enjoy it when the mood strikes you! <3

  4. Jennifer Pletcher

    September 30, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I am with you – I thought it was cute. Predictable and silly, but fun to watch

    1. fictionallysam

      October 8, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      So cute! It’s like the cheesy romance you just can’t stop watching even though you know exactly how it will end!

  5. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    October 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Um excuse me this movie title is punny and I appreciate how bad that pun is. But also I really like bad puns so I’m definitely curious (and should of course waddle my way to Netflix to watch it). I’m kind of in the mood for cute romance lately though, so maybe I’ll waddle over tonight?

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