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The Lovebirds – Fireworks On Cloud 9

Definitely prepare to laugh a lot, this movie will crack you up nonstop.


The Lovebirds (2020), is directed by Michael Showalter and stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as Leilani and Jibran, respectively, as well as other great cast members such as Anna Camp and Moses Storm.

While on the verge of disconnecting, a bitter couple suddenly find themselves unwantingly entangled in a peculiar murder case.

They soon begin working together to clear their names and resolve the mystery, while simultaneously diligently searching for a way these two lovebirds can repair their connection and make it out alive.

Although the story plot doesn’t develop itself well enough, the dialogue between Rae and Nanjiani will surely keep you focused and attentive to their electrically charged conversations.

Photo: Paramount Pictures


Both Rae and Nanjiani gave great performances.

The blunt, authentic jokes Jibran kept giving combined with Lei’s sarcastic jabs at him serve to give the film an entertaining and engaging humor to it that keeps the viewer interested.

Also, their forced cooperation in solving the murder case provides plenty of funny moments in which they stumble and fumble around, simply trying to not get murdered.

Nanjiani in this movie kind of reminds me of Aziz Ansari. In a funny way.

He performs the comedy similar to Ansari’s style-overly erratic with a mix of eccentric mannerisms and hysterical facial reactions expressing awe and shock.

Supercharged Writing

The writing and dialogue is by far the best part of the movie for me.

Through it, their chemistry becomes stunningly electrical, moving constantly from exciting playfulness, to passive-aggressive sarcasm, to full-blown in-your-face arguments.

There wasn’t really a moment where I felt disinterested in their interactions, and that says something for me.

The romantic dynamic between both of them really felt genuine and authentic, almost as if I wasn’t looking at actors but real people.

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Disorganized Plot & Direction

Unfortunately, as noted before, the plot and direction of this film doesn’t really seem to establish well enough to where it can add, instead of detract, coherence and stability to the narrative.

At around the middle act, the whole story seems to fall apart as scenes that don’t make sense and portray as being cliche reduce the structure and original flair of the beginning.

However, all of that can be tossed aside and made up for by the simple humorous back-and-forth satire between the couple.

At certain times there were convincing impressions of the two characters carrying the plot as it went along, trying to compensate for the bad progression.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I enthusiastically enjoyed The Lovebirds. It was heart-warming and satiric.

There’s certain flaws contained in it, no doubt, but the movie isn’t portraying itself to be an exceptional masterpiece.

I noticed some critics have given it a bad rep and pointed out mistakes profusely, but that’s silly.

This movie simply marketed itself as a fun, entertaining, harmless short piece. And that’s exactly what it was.

Not an Oscar or a best picture of the year, but just a casual opportunity for friends to sit back and enjoy a nice Rom-Com adventure with some popcorn.

And that’s honestly good enough for me.

FP Score – Noteworthy

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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