A brand new Rom Com offering from Netflix, Set It Up is about two over worked, exhausted assistants (Harper and Charlie) who decide that they should set up their respective difficult and demanding bosses hoping that if they fall in love, they'll be too busy to make their lives so tough and they'll finally be able to have a life. That's it in a nutshell. Of course there's more to the story than that as Harper and Charlie become friends and funny things happen as they try to orchestrate events to bring Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs) together.
Set It Up follows the usual romantic comedy formula. Girl meets boy, girl and boy don't like each other, girl and boy become friends, love blossoms. Throw in a couple of quirky one-liners, lessons about becoming better people and following your dreams and you magically have a hit on your hands. And to be fair, it's by no means the worst film I've seen. It's light hearted and easy going and the cast really do have great chemistry. The plot may be old hat but it does have it's good moments and it's definitely less saccharine than it could have been.
It's the sleeper hit of the Summer and apparently the idea came from the film's producer Juliet Berman‘s real-life attempt to Parent Trap her boss for her own romantic gain and it does make a good premise for a movie. Ultimately, the creators aren't stupid. They know exactly what their audience wants to see and they give it to them so if slightly sweet, slightly raunchy romance movies are your thing you will absolutely love this. It's exactly the kind of film that critics will pan but the audience will adore. I fall somewhere just short of loving it.