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The Right One

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Clumsy romance addresses mental health; swearing, sex.

Movie R 2021 95 minutes
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Sometimes good intentions aren't enough to make a good movie, and unfortunately this one isn't very good. The Right One tackles the manifestations of a young man's past trauma as part of a story of two unconventional people falling in love. The problem is that the script doesn't address the roots of Godfrey's odd behavior until an hour into the film, leaving us with characters who just come across for the bulk of the story as self-involved, immature, or unlikable. Situations and dialogues lack the necessary subtlety to be as funny or as edgy as they're intended.

We see this with Sara and her agent-slash-friend Kelly, despite the best efforts of Coleman and Shlesinger. When Kelly tells Sara that her "manic pixie dream girl" shtick is wearing thin, she might be mislabeling the character, but we can't help but agree. When she tells her she's "mistaking crazy for interesting" in Godfrey, we know where she's coming from. Thune's Godfrey lacks the charisma or brilliance he's meant to exude. There are a lot of worthwhile ideas in here about dealing with mental health issues, the possible flaws of the foster system, and artists' need to create and be authentic to themselves, but the final jumbled result unfortunately falls flat.

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