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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Anyone But You (2023) - Comedy, Chemistry, and Cupid in Australia

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Released 12-22-2023

Watched 12-24-2023

Reviewed 12-27-2023

Viewed in Theater - Using Cinemark Movie Club

"Trust me. We’re at a wedding a million miles away from home. Who knows what could happen."

"Anyone But You" is a delightful romantic comedy that, despite its familiar tropes, manages to feel refreshingly engaging in the current cinema landscape. Starring Sydney Sweeney, Glen Powell, and Alexandra Shipp, the film cleverly uses its charming cast to revitalize the well-worn premise of a love story blossoming from a faux relationship.

The plot revolves around Bea and Ben, played with palpable chemistry by Sweeney and Powell. Their story kicks off with a promising first date that unexpectedly sours, leading to a series of comedic and romantic misadventures. The real twist comes when they find themselves at a destination wedding in Australia, where they are compelled to act as the perfect couple. This scenario sets the stage for both hilarious moments and heartfelt revelations.

What makes "Anyone But You" stand out is its ability to feel fresh and entertaining amidst a sea of holiday blockbusters. It's not groundbreaking in terms of narrative innovation, but it doesn't need to be. The film's strength lies in its execution - a blend of witty dialogue, charming performances, and picturesque settings.

As a male viewer, I found myself significantly outnumbered in the theater, a testament perhaps to the film's appeal to a predominantly female audience. However, this did not detract from my enjoyment of the movie. In fact, it's a testament to the film's quality that it can engage and entertain regardless of the audience composition.

In comparison to the other high-profile releases of the season, "Anyone But You" might seem underrated. Yet, this underdog status works in its favor, allowing it to surpass expectations and provide a genuinely enjoyable cinematic experience. While it may not reinvent the rom-com wheel, it certainly adds a vibrant and enjoyable spin to it.

In conclusion, "Anyone But You" is a film that, while nestled in familiar territory, shines through its charismatic cast and adept storytelling. It's a reminder that sometimes, a well-told story with likable characters is all it takes to make a movie stand out. For those seeking a fun, heartwarming film amidst the seasonal blockbuster frenzy, this one is definitely worth the watch.

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