‘Love, Guaranteed‘ is a romantic comedy directed by Mark Steven Johnson. It was made by Off Camera Entertainment and Industry Entertainment with star Rachael Leigh Cook serving as co-producer. It was distributed by Netflix.
Civil litigator Susan Whitaker (Rachael Leigh Cook) lives in Seattle working with accountant Roberto (Sean Amsing) and legal assistant Denise (Lisa Durupt). Their small law firm is struggling to make ends meet. However, after Susan takes Jerome’s (Alvin Sanders) case pro-bono, he refers his wealthy friend and former pro-athlete Nick Evans (Damon Wayans Jr.) as a client. Nick wants to sue the popular dating website Love, Guaranteed which guarantees love after one thousand dates. After going on one-thousand dates, he has failed and at first, Susan is hesitant to take the case, but when the bills pile up she agrees and they sue the site’s owner Tamara Taylor (Heather Graham). As they work on the case, the two of them start to develop feelings for each other. As Susan’s sister Melanie (Caitlin Howden) encourages the relationship, however, Susan realizes this could jeopardize the case, still, she and Nick grow closer as they work together.
Apparently, the film was based on a real-life lawsuit about a customer who sued a beer company after they made an unrealistic claim about how their product was mixed. Lawsuits, particularly civil ones, do fascinate audiences and it was kind of interesting how they changed the concept to a dating service.
This movie hearkens to the romantic comedies of the nineties and early 2000s. It is definitely a little cheesy and has some campy humor to it with nothing original on the table, but it seems self-aware. It is a feel-good movie that has a lot of heart and is good to watch when you need some comfort viewing.
Rachael Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr. have excellent chemistry delivering some funny dialogue during their conversations. I also liked how Heather Graham played a sort of pastiche of health and love gurus who pretend to be “lifestyle” experts but are really just billionaires who are selling a product. The rest if the cast, likewise, all did a good job of bringing the plot together.
Bottom line, Love, Guaranteed is cheesy, charming, and a feel-good film that you can enjoy on a rainy day or when you need a good ol’ fashioned romantic comedy for a “stay-at-home” date night.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Mild foul language, Some thematic elements
FAVORITE QUOTE: I’ve been on nine hundred and eighty-six dates and not one of them has provided me love.
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