Set It Up is a romantic comedy about two overworked assistants who devise a plan to set up their bosses so they can get some free time. These two characters build a friendship and quickly end up falling in love with eachother in the process. Set It Up is a fun and easy way to spend an hour and 45 minutes. It is a simple, realistic romantic comedy with two good leads that are still rather unknown. It has a good premise, however it also has some problems. Thankfully, if you strip away those parts of the movie you would still have a good movie at its core.
One of the best parts of a good romantic comedy is watching the couple as they fall in love. The most memorable ones showcase a couple at odds over something, they have some type of obstacle in their way or they’re working together to accomplish a goal. Watching these characters work together as they accomplish their goal is really enjoyable and easily the best part of the movie. The chemistry between Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell) comes across as genuine and the way the two of them interact with one another feels very natural. I’ve managed to see Glen Powell in a few other roles and every time he has stood out to me. He always comes across as incredibly charming, full of charisma and gives compelling performances. Zoey Deutch was a delight and I’m excited to see more from her in the future. Her character is one that a majority of women can relate to in one way or another. She’s in her young twenties, no boyfriend yet her best friend is getting married, and she hasn’t quite yet landed her dream job because she’s afraid she’ll fail. It was refreshing to see a woman on screen with issues that were incredibly realistic.
Another thing that I enjoyed about Set It Up was the progression of their feelings for eachother. Screenwriter, Katie Silberman, created multiple scenes between Charlie and Harper that were genuine. Their conversation in the office about why they are so dedicated to their jobs, when they’re leaving the Yankee’s game and listing the reasons they could never be together, even the simple scene of them eating a pizza in Charlie’s bedroom felt real. These are scenarios and conversations that actually lead to two people falling in love.
One of my problems with Set It Up are the side characters, most of them are not needed. This film spends a good amount of time with these side characters. While the setup of their bosses (Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu) is a major part of the plot it felt like there was one too many scenes establishing how demanding they were of Harper and Charlie. Diggs and Liu also gave some pretty poor performances. Taye Diggs was almost cringe worthy and Lucy Liu’s character failed to feel like an actual person. Casting Pete Davidson as Charlie’s roommate, Duncan, was an odd choice. He’s a talented comedian but everytime he was on screen it looked as if he was uncomfortable and very careful to follow the script. This was definitely a throw away character. The same can be said for Tituss Burgess as the peculiar elevator manager, Creepy Tim. His entire scene could’ve been handled differently; his character felt misplaced and could have easily been left out. With the exception of Harper and Charlie, no one else felt fully developed.
There are other small issues I have with this film but they’re all easy to look past. Deutch and Powell are fun to watch together. In spite of their performances, Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu are kind of fun at times and you’ll probably start rooting for them to fall for eachother. Set It Up is a good movie to watch if you want a lighthearted comedy with a cute love story. There’s nothing overly interesting going on but it’s an easy way to spend your time less and the lead actors make it worth your time.
3 out of 5 stars
Director: Charlie Scanlon Writer: Katie Silberman Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu, Pete Davidson & Titus Burgess Release Date: June 15th Rated: TV-14 Runtime: 1 hour and 45 minutes Image Credit: Imdb