When I saw that Netflix was putting out several rom-com movies I was happy but also cautious. I’m a die hard fan of the 90’s romantic comedy but I’ve hardly seen anything in recent years to live up to those classics. So I went into Set It Up with pretty much zero expectations and I have to say it didn’t blow me away but it was pretty cute. The movie centers around Harper and Charlie who are each assistants for their own overbearing, workaholic boss. They both aspire to be more than an assistant and they’re each tired of their personal lives suffering from being at the beck and call of their bosses. Circumstances bring them together and they devise a plan to set up their bosses with the idea that if their bosses are dating they’ll have better things to do then work 24/7.
I loved the casting for all the characters and really enjoyed Zoey Deutch who played Harper. She was just so engaging on screen and perfectly played the cute, friendly, and slightly quirky girl. While both bosses, played by Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs, were a bit over the top, they set a great tone for what Harper and Charlie are going through. As our main characters spend more time together, they begin to become friends and of course slowly fall in love when they least expect it.
While I never completely fell in love with Charlie, played by Glen Powell, he was certainly entertaining and he makes some well developed growth in the movie. I ended up really liking Charlie’s roommate, Duncan, and would gladly watch a movie just about him because he was hilarious! I wasn’t sure where the love story between the bosses was going to go in the end and I’m actually pretty happy with how things turned out but I won’t say more because I don’t want to give anything away. I do have to make a small complaint about a scene toward the end where Harper and her boss, Kirsten, have a small heart to heart and Kirsten claims she’s tough on Harper so that she can make it in the cutthroat business of sports reporting. But let’s be honest, the way Kirsten treated Harper was just plain selfish and mean. Kirsten is a brilliant business woman, yes, but I don’t buy her claim she was trying to help Harper this whole time.
Released June 2018