"SET IT UP" REVIEW -- GRADE: A
Updated: Aug 19, 2018
Girls rule all over the place in this buzzy rom-com hit from Netflix.
A woman (Katie Silberman) wrote #SetItUp, a woman (Claire Scanlon) directed it, and a pair of smart, talented actresses (Zoey Deutch, Lucy Liu) carry it over the goal line. It’s so lovely to see a rom-com from a distinctly female point of view, where the women involved are not portrayed as desperate and love-deprived, but rather as take-it-or-leave-it, the guy-better-get-with-my-program types who are driven, accomplished entrepreneurs and/or have actual career goals. And putting aside those goals for marriage or children isn’t even on the table.
Do you guys realize how rare that is?
#LucyLiu's famed sports reporter Kirsten is smart, accomplished and badass. And of course, Liu knocks it out of the park. Comedy is in her DNA, but she finds and plays the real depth there too. Taye Diggs does his villain thing and Zoey Deutch and Glenn Powell kill it with a cap K as the parent-trapping assistants. They’re Hanks-and-Ryan perfect together, showing a surprising amount of emotion and depth, as well as boatloads of smarts, charm and great comic timing. (Their real-life Instagram antics are adorable too.)
Silberman’s script is tight as a drum – every set-up is expertly paid off, there are real-life stakes and the complications keeping the main couple apart are actually believable. And surprise, they made a really good movie out of it.
P.S. And Elementary’s Rebecca Hofherr was the costume designer, so needless to say, everyone looks excellent, especially Lucy Liu. Mazel to all!
Femme Critic Score:
Female Writer: Absolutely!
Female Director: Affirmative!
Female Cast: 2 women (1 P.O.C.), 2 men (1 P.O.C.)
Passes the Bechdel Test: Yep.