After a bit of a delay due to the virus, The Lovebirds (2020) can now be seen streaming on Netflix. The big question remains: is it worth your time? Considering a large amount of content that Netflix pumps into its service, this one stands out in terms of quality. Director Michael Showalter brings his usual sense of comedy to this unique rom-com that hits the tropes while managing to feel original.
Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) started strong, but five years into their relationship, they are starting to have doubts. Their constant arguing and Jibran’s lack of faith that they could win The Amazing Race has led them down this path of inevitability. While driving to a party, Jibran implies they should break up – only to suddenly hit a bicyclist. Another person claiming to be a cop gets in their vehicle and runs down the bicyclist and leaves. Now Jibran and Leilani are on the run to clear their names and solve this riddle.
Kumail continues to crush it in every film he appears in. Some people were not fans of Stuber (2019), but Kumail’s comedic timing and charming persona are capable of carrying any project he gets the opportunity to do so. What makes The Lovebirds even better is that Issa Rae is also charming and solid with her comedic timing. Their onscreen chemistry is excellent, which really makes this film a fun ride as they move through the city chasing clues to find the real murderer.
Jibran and Leilani constantly find themselves in one bad situation after another. Right after the bicyclist is killed, two hipsters show up on the scene. The interaction between them makes light of hipsters, bad relationships, and silly plot construction. It’s a fun scene that establishes the tone and formula the film will play with. Overall, it is a light experience, and exactly what the world needs to escape the quarantine blues.
The Lovebirds is a very solid romantic comedy that leans heavily on the comedy. Showalter continues to impress as a director of the genre. Kumail and Issa are both on the fast track to be megastars and have earned those spots. The Lovebirds earns the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.