Movie review: Rencontres & New York [Tribeca 2021]



Dating & New York [Tribeca 2021]

Directed by Jonah Feingold

June 16, 2021

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Jonah feingold Dating & New York is a well-meaning but uninspiring romantic comedy that attempts to blend traditional genre norms with millennial humor. The film follows Milo (Jaboukie Young-White) and Wendy (Francesca Reale), two singles in their twenties who meet on a dating app and get along, to instantly stop contacting, or dating, ” ghost “. . Several weeks after their bachelorette date, Milo receives an unexpected text from Wendy, asking her to meet her so they can discuss “urgent” matters. The two meet at a restaurant, where Wendy asks Milo if he would be interested in signing a “Best Friends with Benefits” contract, which means all of the sexual and friendly benefits of a relationship without the relationship itself. Even though the two are looking for something completely different – Milo is looking for a serious relationship while Wendy is looking for something other than – Milo ends up signing the contract.

From there, the two set off on a roller coaster journey, going through the various perks and pitfalls of love and friendship. As they spend more time together, they start to act more like a real couple – hooking up on random topics at the movies together, sitting on the same side of the booth in restaurants, and even arguing in ways. dramatic the smallest things in front of friends. The film constantly tries to remove the “Will they or Not” trope that is already overused in romantic comedies. Almost everyone in the movie, from Milo’s doorman to Milo and Wendy’s best friends, constantly pokes fun at the two for their “couple” appearance.

Intended to be cheesy but fun, Dating & New York has all the attributes of a successful romantic comedy. Unfortunately, it is anything but. The script, stuffed with enough Instagram, online dating, and tech-age references to make you want to throw your phone in the trash, rarely feels natural or believable. Moreover, to want to be a movie about dating in the modern era, the stylistic aspects of Dating & New York It feels like it was taken out of a 1990s movie. The dramatic and over-exploited storytelling of the film, the quirky but unsuccessful visuals, and the tired sitcom-style title cards lose their charm very quickly.

In addition, Dating & New York suffers from rhythm problems. The film moves way too fast in the first act and, as a result, is unable to cement a strong enough bond between Milo and Wendy. All of the scenes in the film are so similar in content and tone that they practically blend together. An overreliance on supporting characters and hyper-specific millennial-focused humor makes the film more grin-worthy than comedic, and above all, tiring. By the time the film’s final act begins, nothing that is happening on screen feels more believable from a distance, let alone relatable.

The only refundable part of Dating & New York are the performance of the film. In her first leading role, The daily show correspondent and famous Twitter personality, Jaboukie Young-White gives a fantastic performance as Milo. He perfectly captures the sarcastic but good-natured tone of his character with his natural and playful presence on screen. Reale’s performance is also excellent, tackling her character’s breezy tone in a way that makes her both stand out and complement Young-White’s performance perfectly. The incredible chemistry of the two makes it even more frustrating that they weren’t given a film strong enough to match their comedic abilities.


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