Movie Synopsis: Your typical romantic-comedy with some interesting throwbacks to the era of Frank Sinatra. An “almost-Italian” family with ties to the legendary Sinatra runs a coffee shop, and insomniac Frankie is a moody young woman who is down about romance, love, and life in general – that is, until she meets s new employee who is the guy of her dreams. The only problem is that he has a girlfriend already.
Movie Review: This was a very enjoyable romantic-comedy at the end of the day. Although it was somewhat predictable and had some of the typical trademarks of the genre, it also had some unique eccentricities in the characters and themes, which made the movie more enjoyable. The focus on Frank Sinatra themes and references, and the usage of throwback elements to classic film, such as the use of black and white, was clever and interesting. The diverse characters and relationships present were well-acted and thought out. The sub-plots, such as Frankie’s gay cousin who is scared to come out to his father, created additional material and complexity to the story. And finally, the characters of Frankie and David were refreshing and very unique. At times Frankie was almost unbelievable, but overall she was funny, quirky, and her ability to generate chemistry off David’s character showed the strong acting abilities of lead Ione Skye. Overall, this was a fun romantic-comedy, which also had one of the best quotes of the genre, stated by Frankie: “Unless it’s mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it’s a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things in life. Love shouldn’t be one of them.” Smart words.
Overall Review: 4 stars out of 5