Newly dumped thirty-somethings Peter and Emma team up to sabotage their exes’ new relationships and win them back for good.
Editing: Jonathan Schwartz
Music: Siddhartha Khosla
Cast: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood, Gina Rodriguez, Manny Jacinto, Clark Backo, Luke David Blumm, Pete Davidson
Directors: Jason Orley
Writers: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
Cinematography: Brian Burgoyne
Peter (Charlie Day) meets Emma (Jenny Slate) as he’s sobbing in the stairway of his work building. He’s a mess following his breakup with Anne (Gina Rodriguez) earlier in the week, but just as he longs for answers to “why, god, why did she leave me?!” Emma is wondering how she too got dumped by her ex, Noah (Scott Eastwood). If ever there was a starting point for a great friendship, it’s sharing tears in a dirty stairway over your exes before going out for drinks and karaoke.
As Peter and Emma’s friendship grows and they begin to learn and trust one another more, they strike, what they think is, gold when Emma has an idea guaranteed to win back their respective partners. Emma will volunteer at Anne’s school where her new boyfriend, Logan (Manny Jacinto), works as the drama teacher, and she’ll work to prove him unfaithful. While at the same time, Peter shall inject himself into Noah’s life, become friends, and push him away from his new partner, Ginny (Clark Backo).
As a viewer, this plan will obviously come unravelling at some stage. It feels very unethical to lie and attempt to trick people into falling back in love with the person they just left, and I quickly began to feel bad for Noah and Anne. Especially Noah, who Eastwood portrays as such a loveable dude, and he genuinely cares about Peter as their friendship grows. One of the film’s highlights is when the two end up at a party where a character played by Pete Davidson is daring him to jump out of the house into a jacuzzi. It’s not that I thought Peter and Emma were terrible people either, they were acting very insane to deal with a breakup, but Noah is by far the person I wanted to get hurt the least in this movie.
Things on Emma’s side of the deal are a little less likable or exciting. While it’s amusing seeing Slate pretend to be a theatre super-fan, I wouldn’t say I liked Anne enough to ever buy into Peter, wanting to get back together with her. At the same time, while played ridiculously by Jacinto, Logan is written as a one-note joke that wears off pretty quickly to become annoying. Emma does strike up a friendship with a young kid named Trevor (Luke David Blumm), which makes for some heartfelt moments between the jokes.