A still from Set it Up Image: Netflix
Film: Set It Up
Cast: Glen Powell, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs
Directed by: Claire Scanlon
You will like it if you like: Any cheesy romantic film
Lindsay Lohan's The Parent Trap was never one of my favourite films. It just seemed really oversmart for kids to try and set up their parents, especially considering they are divorced. Peeps, if things went wrong the first time, they will go wrong the second time, too. But then there's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the Indian Parent Trap, and I better not comment on that. Set It Up is somewhat like that, except it's not as blasphemous.
Picture an everyday situation in your life — you are a 20-something working a job that barely pays your bills, you have no social life because you're chasing deadlines that will eventually lead to a promotion, and you're in a toxic love-hate relationship with your boss. And suddenly you have an idea: What if I could set my boss up on a date, so he/she will have a life, ergo, I get to leave work early?
That's the whole point of the film, aptly titled, Set It Up. "Two overworked and underpaid assistants (Zoey Deutch as Harper and Glen Powell as Charlie Young) come up with a plan to get their bosses off their backs by setting them up with each other" goes the description. Shit obviously hits the roof, and things happen, and along the course, the two adorable office assistants — Harper and Charlie — fall in love, but they are not aware of it yet. (Isn't that the cutest moment of every love story, when you're in love but don't know it yet? Aww!)
But I'm not as interested in that as I am in the way the film portrays the life of a millennial. Charlie is 28, a terribly problematic age for a millennial because you're right there at the cusp — adulting is not enough anymore, you have to BE an adult now. Harper is 25 and wants to do something big, without realising her crucial millennial years are running out. Charlie is dating a 23-year-old but has no time for her thanks to his beyond busy schedule. Harper can't even find the time to go on dates even after she's matched with cute guys on Tinder.
Charlie is chasing a promotion but he isn't happy with his work, Harper is too self-critical, over-analysing everything. I could go on but then there will be nothing left for you to unravel when you stream the film tonight.
The point is, this is us, down to every coffee we gulp, every meal we skip and then that double burger we hog, every time we say, "Oh, I'm working", when someone asks us about our evening plans. It's a mirror to our dysfunctional lives.
Acting-wise, both Zoey and Glen are really good — Zoey is cute as a button, and Glen is a jock in a suit — so adorable. I'm a little disappointed with Lucy Liu (Harper's boss) being typecast as that stone-faced bitch she seems to always play. She's good but she's no Meryl Streep. Taye Diggs (as Charlie's boss) is fine, with little or no ups and downs in the character.
Is it preachy? In parts, especially towards the end. Is it the best film I've watched lately? Absolutely not. Is it worth your time? Hell, yes. It's got a strange feel-good quality that makes one giggle like a teenager no matter how cheesy and implausible the romance is. When the rains strand you at home, just sit down with a tub of popcorn and some soup and start streaming Set It Up.