Your Place or Mine (2023)

Your Place or Mine (2023)
Your Place or Mine (2023)

Movie Details

Your Place or Mine (2023)
Director:Aline Brosh McKenna
Cast-Reese Witherspoon,Ashton Kutcherand Zoë Chao
Movie type- Romance/Comedy
Release date-10 February 2023
IMDB Rating-5.7
Languages- Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Urdu, Tulu, Assamese,English, German, and Filipino
Duration-1 Hour 51 Minutes


Your Place or Mine (2023)


I think it’s time for even the most die-hard movie fans to realize that romantic comedies are about the same as westerns. Reliably dead for more than a decade, yet smoldering in the indie segment or series production. Those mainstream comedies full of stars who say a million dollars for every kiss are never coming back. Instead, you can console yourself with Netflix romances, which – if they star anyone over thirty – are more reminiscent of Hallmark’s quick-cookers, complete with an overlit cuckoo and long-extinguished stars.

Nostalgic pieces like Ticket to Paradise with the rom-com stars of the 2000s are just a memory for those who have witnessed it. Something similar was obviously supposed to happen with You or Me, but instead of Clooney and Roberts, you have to put yourself in a slightly lower league. Well, not that Reese Witherspoon hasn’t kicked a toe in her time, but Ashton Kutcher hasn’t really caught on in romances with his limited register either (I’ll be forever grateful for Something Like Love, though). Unfortunately, Netflix’s big-budget Valentine’s Day offering isn’t a relegation in the past full of real roses and fake smiles. It’s just a well-paid routine and a mutilation of a genre corpse.

The plot is simple. Debbie (Reese) lives in Los Angeles, divorced with a teenage son and trying to finish school to get a better job. Peter (Kutcher) lives in New York, an empty life in an empty apartment. The two had a one-night stand twenty years ago, but then parted ways to remain besties on the phone. They call each other daily and now they are even supposed to meet after two decades in New York, where Debbie is going to finish her accounting course. But he’s going to lose babysitting for his son, so Peter offers to go to LA to babysit while Debbie goes on a big adventure in the city that never sleeps.

I thought about how to inventively insult the film in order to get back at least some of the almost two wasted hours. And it didn’t take long, because it immediately occurred to me that if I typed into ChatGTP or Open AI an entry along the lines of “he lives in X, she lives in Y, they call each other every day and secretly make love” and wanted to break it down into a feature, it would spit out AI this compilation of rom-com clichés in three minutes. Screenwriter and newly director Aline Brosh McKenna (27 Dresses, The Devil Wears Prada) is the epitome of mediocrity. When she talks in interviews about how she and her team of young passers grew up on screwballs with Cary Grant, it makes me cringe, because you or I have the predictable pursuit of nothing, in likable but totally predictable “touristy” backdrops of both cities,

Reese can still get by with what she did twenty years ago and actually plus minus she still looks the same. It’s her and New York in the background that drives the film forward, as Ashton drives half-throttle in California. The swapping plot may remind you of your favorite Vacation, but make no mistake. Here someone suddenly thought of a thing that reliably buried the film in advance. The heroes only meet physically at the very end. Yes, romance at the airport is a must, but no one can really sell the viewer that the two are destined for each other over the phone. Not that there are any better alternatives in the script, you just can’t get that infatuation at five minutes past twelve even on Valentine’s Day, let alone any other time.

Play the trailerHowever, the attempt to reconstruct the golden era of the turn of the century did not succeed in the archaeological effort to replicate the magic of the comedies of that time. Laziness combined with a lack of talent behind the camera is a deadly cocktail, and if narcissistic jerks continue to be added to the genre, it will have no choice but to put up with reruns of the classics, or with post-romantic indie gems, in which love flares are no longer viewed through rose-colored glasses. At your place or at my place? Better nowhere this time! If you had to watch it, then next time, in return for your significant other, force My Octopus Teacher. There is more romantic chemistry in that one than in Aline Brosh McKenna’s complete filmography.

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