August 28, 2018

Juliet, Naked is in select theaters on August 31st, 2018.

Living in a small town in the British countryside, Annie (Rose Byrne) has found herself stuck in a peculiar love triangle. She’s been in a boring, steady relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) for the past fifteen years while he has an unhealthy obsession with a long forgotten singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). Due to a comment that Annie made on a fansite created by Duncan, Tucker himself emailed her and they started an email relationship.

The film is an adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel of the same name. It is a fun romantic comedy. Chris O'Dowd provides plenty of humor as an immaturely obsessive fan boy, and Rose Byrne is very sweet and charming. The plot's inciting incident, Annie exchanging e-mails with her Duncan’s artistic idol, proves engagingly original, and the cheeky writing is quite strong. The story is being told through Annie’s perspective and the chemistry between Byrne and Hawke was believeable.

It is a little slow at times to build up it's story and characters in the first act, however, as soon as it's done, the second and third act are a joy to watch. The ending is a bit flat and predictable but we get to find out more about Tucker’s departure from music. There were some small issues that I had but there are more than enough strengths to make this lighthearted film worth a watch.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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