‘You Again’ fails to fulfil potential

A bland, disappointing and not very funny rom-com that is saved, though only partly, by its impressive female cast members … all struggling with a screenplay that is the very essence of paint-by-numbers blandness, containing every example in the book of fuzzy rom-com set-pieces.

Director: Andy Pickman

Cast: Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, James Wolk, Victor Garber, Jamie Lee Curtis

Cert: G

A bland, disappointing and not very funny rom-com that is saved, though only partly, by its impressive female cast members … all struggling with a screenplay that is the very essence of paint-by-numbers blandness, containing every example in the book of fuzzy rom-com set-pieces.

Bell, who does blandness to annoying perfection (recall ‘When in Rome’), plays the now-successful businesswoman Marni who returns home for brother Will’s wedding (Wolk) and discovers to her horror that the bride, Joanna (Yustman), was the bully who tormented her in high school … the wedding must be scuppered!

Not, alas, by anything that is funny or original, so it is left to Weaver and Curtis to carry the film with their own issues from the past … an easy enough task since there’s little weight in what they have to carry.

It’s an OK film, but had it had the courage to examine the theme of long-held revenge it might have been better.

Star Rating: 2/5

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