Canadian films often suffer from a lack of funds. As such they often don’t get the time or talent required to make a good film. Even if you have a good idea for a film like director/screenwriter Joan Carr-Wiggin (The Bet, My First Wedding) does here. You can see good moments peeking out amongst some of the rubble. So often that you feel sad at the lack of execution.
Many of us live with the regret of something we did not do when we were younger. To finish the unfinished, successful in his career, but unlucky so far in love, Luke (Rupert Penry-Jones – Match Point, The Four Feathers) decides to fly to his hometown in northern Ontario from New York for his high school reunion to say the things he never did to his high school girlfriend, the beautiful Kayla (Rachel Blanchard – Where the Truth Lies, Adoration).
As Kayla is married she turns Luke down. Dejected, as he is checking into his hotel he meets Brit Abby Sorensen (Natasha Little – from television’s Absentia). Abby is in town to close up her recently deceased brother’s house and attend his funeral. The two strike up a conversation and one thing leads to another and Luke is introducing Abby to a drunk Kayla as his wife. This is going to be some kind of 48 hours.
A light romantic comedy is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. There are times where you are just in the mood for exactly that. Something which, despite its predictable nature, will make you smile and root for the couple to end up together. So don’t think that just because I am a critic who is about to pan this particular romantic comedy that I look down my nose at the entire genre. Not so. But they have to be done well and this is not an example of that.
The whole film world has changed. Theatres are closed. Movie releases are delayed. Many are just going straight to VOD or Netflix. Rather topsy turvey. It is tough out there for films. Many, I am sure, are slipping between the cracks or not getting the eyes on them they otherwise would have. That being said, I am not sure at any time what would have been done with a film like Getting to Know You. Straight to video? Not edgy enough for the festival circuit. Not good enough for a wide release in theatres.
What I felt most sad about is the waste of Natasha Little. She is a good actress, but is surrounded by lesser talents and poor mise en scene. Still she manages to come out of it rather unscathed.