Romantic comedies (seemingly no matter the trend of poor quality which comes out) are very popular. Everyone, even the biggest grumps, loves love. We all want to spend our leisure time watching others go through relationships. The meeting. The butterflies. The laughs. The inevitable roadblocks. The realizing the other is THE person. No matter how many times that same formula crosses our paths we are all in.
When a romantic comedy comes out which is a little different or doesn’t fall into the pitfalls of the tropes of the genre then we should all stand up and applaud. Almost Love attempts to break out of the mould. Think of Friends in movie format. A group of people who are either friends or are related somehow attempt to navigate love. Now, that does not sound very groundbreaking, does it?
Every character here is at a fork in the road when it comes to love. Either they are in a relationship and are asking “is this all there is?” or they are not and unhappy about that. Openly gay couple Adam (Scott Evans – The Lovely Bones, Confessions of a Shopaholic), a painter, and Marklin (Augustus Prew – About a Boy, Kick Ass 2), an Instagram fashion influencer, are going through a rough patch. They have been together for five years and both feel like the passion is gone. Both ask themselves is this really the person I want to spend my life with? As they go through a tough time and then a break up, they find that they cannot even turn to their friends for solace as they too are having trouble in love.
Trouble is on love’s horizon for Adam’s friend, Elizabeth (Kate Walsh – from television’s 13 Reasons Why), who has been married for 15 years and has discovered that her husband is having an affair with a younger woman. Haley (Zoe Chao – Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Downhill) is having to deal with the student she is tutoring being more interested in her than his schoolwork. Eternally single Cammy (Michelle Buteau – Isn’t It Romantic) has found a great guy (Colin Donnell – from television’s Arrow), but he is homeless. All are just treading madly to keep their heads above water. Will love win out in the end?
Some funny moments here, but also ones which make you think. A nice combination in director/writer Mike Doyle’s first feature film. Also a little different than your typical romantic comedy in that it features both heterosexual and homosexual realtionships.
Each character has their own storyline, though Adam and Marklin’s is the centre from which everyone else’s develops. Though there is plenty going on it doesn’t seem like too much. Each storyline is given room to breathe and we get to know each of them.
If you can tolerate a film largely about self-absorbed millenials then Almost Love will fit the bill.