Set It Up (2018)

Set It Up
Director: Claire Scanlon
Writer: Katie Silberman
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs
Seen on: 27.11.2018
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Plot:
Harper (Zoey Deutch) is the assistant of Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Charlie (Glen Powell) is the assistant of Rick (Taye Diggs). Kirsten and Rick are both incredibly successful, unbelievably demanding and never stop working. That means that Harper and Charlie also never stop working. Until they come up with a plan: if they set up Kirsten and Rick and they fall in love, it should mean less work for everybody. And since they know everything about their bosses, it should be easy for them to make it happen. But the more Harper and Charlie work together, the more they realize how much they themselves have in common.

Set It Up is fun, shallow entertainment that nicely sticks to all genre conventions. You don’t miss much if you don’t watch it, but you will be entertained when you do watch it.

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The Best Man (1999)

The Best Man
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writer: Malcolm D. Lee
Cast: Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, Regina Hall

Plot:
Harper (Taye Diggs) is about to publish his autobiographical novel dealing with his time in college. But first there’s a different trip to the past he takes: his best friend from that time, Lance (Morris Chestnut) is getting married to his college sweetheart Mia (Monica Calhoun) and Harper’s the best man. So he travels to New York, leaving his girlfriend Robin (Sanaa Lathan) to join him later in the week. Which gives him the opportunity to reconnect with his friend and missed romantic connection from college Jordan (Nia Long).

The Best Man is interesting because it actually isn’t all that interesting at all: despite being a film that has both race and gender turned on the genre conventions’ head (since RomComs of this kind are usually targeted at and played by white women), it plays out pretty much exactly the same as what we’re used to. Which, from a cinematic pov, isn’t very captivating, but from a sociological pov, there’s much to dissect.

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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
Director: Kevin Munroe
Writer: Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer
Based on: Tiziano Sclavi‘s comic book Dylan Dog
Cast: Brandon Routh, Anita Briem, Sam Huntington, Taye Diggs, Kurt Angle, Peter Stormare

Plot:
Dylan Dog (Brandon Routh) is a PI. He used to work with and for the supernatural beings – be it zombies, vampires, werewolves or whatever else creeps and crawls. But then his wife was killed and Dylan stopped working supernatural cases. But then Dylan is called by Elizabeth (Anita Briem) whose father was killed by a strange, hairy creature, his partner Marcus (Sam Huntington) gets turned into a zombie and suddenly Dylan finds himself caught in the middle between vampire Vargas (Taye Diggs) and werewolf Gabriel (Peter Stormare).

I thought that Dylan Dog would be a bit of stupid entertainment, the kind of popcorn on a sunday evening movie that is not exactly good, but at least entertaining. Unfortunately it was too dumb to meet even those expectations.

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