The Lovebirds is the cinematic equivalent of Cotton Candy. It’s sweet on the surface and for brief moments can be satisfying, but the film is an empty experience. If anyone is looking for a distraction from current events, you could do worse. The most interesting dynamic of the film is how this seemingly cute couple spiraled into breaking up. Writers Aaron Abrams and Brandon Gall had the makings of pretty compelling romantic comedy. The slapstick and comedic choices are where this film fell off the tracks. There’s a sequence in the first act of the film involving bacon grease and a horse, which just seemed out of place—the idea of having a group of stereotypical frat boys taking part in this scheme seemed odd. The Lovebirds has the feel as if it were written by individuals who tried to please everyone. We can’t please everyone, so try focusing on satisfying your target demographic.
The film is about Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Lelani (Issa Rae) and how one pivotal moment in their automobile lead to them being wrapped in a murder mystery. There’s blackmail, chases, sneaking into an underground sex cult, all while trying to stay one step ahead of the police as they try and clear their name. The pacing of the film is undoubtedly brisk, and that’s mostly due to the simplicity of the storyline. Nanjiani and Rae certainly have chemistry on-screen, but this may not have been the best use of that. Both actors are capable of so much more than these types of projects.
That’s not to say The Lovebirds doesn’t have some value to offer. If anyone is looking for a date night movie, then this would be at the top of the list. Don’t have to overthink the plot nor twist any character arcs. Sounds blissfully average to me, but we’ll take it.