2968. Set It Up (2018)

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8.0 Absolutely adorable
  • Acting 8.1
  • Directing 8.1
  • Story 7.9
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Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu

Director: Claire Scanlon

Running Time: 105 mins


Set It Up is an American film about two office assistants who try to get their demanding bosses to fall in love with one another, and give them a break from work.

Call it simple, fluffy or whatever you like, but I defy anyone not to absolutely adore Set It Up. The perfect romantic comedy that’s full of laughs, pleasant romance and fun-filled hijinks, Set It Up is such a delight from start to finish, and left me with a beaming smile across my face by the end.

There’s a lot to love about this movie, but one of the things that really makes it tick is just how fast-paced it is. From the word go, Set It Up is full of lively, peppy energy that will have you smiling within minutes.

Leads Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell have a delightfully zippy energy about them, and that only plays into their adorkable chemistry as they find themselves in a harebrained scheme to get out of their exhausting jobs.

Set It Up zips along with a light touch, delighting with genuinely funny comedy, a fun story and pleasant, easy-going romance. It’s not the most original or surprising story ever told, but it knows you know what’s going to happen in the end, so doesn’t try to hide the inevitable.

Instead of getting bogged down in generic will-they-won’t-they drama, Set It Up builds the story of two unlikely romances really nicely, particularly as we see Deutch and Powell’s friendship blossom into what inevitably turns into something more.

Also, Set It Up doesn’t fall back on basic, boring cringe humour that so many rom-coms rely on. In fact, there’s barely a cringeworthy joke in the whole film, which is really saying something for a Hollywood rom-com.

Its humour is light-hearted and fluffy, and just the sort of medicine you’ll need to put a smile on your face. And on top of that delightful energy, the wonderful performances and the fun-loving, fast-paced story, Set It Up is an absolute joy to watch. It’s bright, it’s cute and it’s so much fun, which is why I’m giving it 8.0 overall.

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The Mad Movie Man, AKA Anthony Cullen, writes articles and reviews about movies and the world of cinema. Since January 1st, 2013, he has watched and reviewed a movie every day. This is the blog dedicated to the project: www.madmovieman.com