Thursday, August 31, 2023

Choose Love: Movie Review

A minimal rom-com with no right or wrong choice.
A choose your own adventure romantic comedy. You finally have your choice of the stable boyfriend, the international long lost love or a rock star. Sorry, not your choice, you get to pick for Cami. Cami (Laura Marano) is an LA music producer who opens the movie by visiting a psychic. The psychic frames the movie perfectly, but Cami is a very flighty girl who can’t make up her mind about anything.   2023

Directed by: Stuart McDonald

Screenplay by: Josann McGibbon

Starring: Laura Marano, Scott Michael Foster, Jordi Webber and Avan Jogia

Her stable boyfriend of three years Paul (Scott Michael Foster) is planning on proposing but on the same day she runs into her old high school boyfriend Jack (Jordi Webber) freshly returned from saving the world in Guatemala and then at work gets the opportunity to produce the new single for British rock star Rex (Avan Jogia). Scott Michael Foster is hot and funny and in this world he’s also a smart and accomplished lawyer. There is no world in which I wouldn’t pick him. But Jordi Webber and his dazzling eyes could give him a run for his money.

Choose Love has a lot of choices for you, most are pretty minor and inconsequential since they all lead to the same few roadblocks. The final big choice will change the ending, but up until then you get the same movie regardless of your previous choices. The problem with that is you really don’t get to know each of the three men, or especially the two new ones in her life.

Clocking in at 87 minutes, it unsurprisingly feels rushed. I would have loved to spend more time with all of them before having to make the ultimate choice. The lack of time also means none of the three men are fully created, these guys don’t exist outside of their scenes with Cami. You are picking a soulmate based off of at most two scenes with the guy and only one with the other two.

Generally speaking, most rom-coms choose the right guy and audiences aren’t thrown for a loop with heroines making a choice that pisses viewers off. That’s because writers know how to lead the audience to go along with the choice they want them to make – the choice they are going to make for you. Choose Love gives you that choice, you aren’t getting led to the right choice. Because of how limited the movie is, the men could all be the right choice or the wrong choice; there isn’t enough substance to feel strongly either way.