Set it up


This is a new Hollywood movie which was just released in June 2018. I was surprised I was able to see it on my Netflix account so soon, and discovered later that the movie was indeed released by Netflix itself. So, Netflix is in the movie business by itself, and could eventually give a run for the major brick-and-mortar movie studios which have dominated the movie business for so many decades. No wonder Netflix stock is skyrocketing – going up all the time.

As usual, I am not writing much about the movie itself or its actors themselves. My observations on this nice movie are manifold from a generic observer point of view. Don’t get me wrong, this is an enjoyable movie for a nice evening with your beau, sipping tea (sorry, no alcohol), and there are many Hollywood movies of this variety which is categorized as romantic comedy.

My first observation is about the new millennial work culture at the cost of building personal relationships, indulging in hobbies, or even doing what one wishes to do in their spare time – simply because there is just no spare time available in this culture which is all about getting ahead in career in the quickest time possible by doing things which pleases the boss all the time – basically at her or his beck and call, doing things which one would not do in ordinary course of life. This is just plain stupid – one has to build his or her own life in the way he or she likes it, and not be commandeered every minute by some reckless and heartless boss. The millennials  would lose their mind and heart and start following their bosses in their life as well, which would be a disaster.

The second observation is about the bosses themselves, who are expected to be professionals and not some jerks throwing things around their office, and insulting their workforce, especially their executive assistants. Apart from matters of the heart and sensitivity towards other human beings, the conclusion is that the bosses in this movie exhibit characteristics which are completely unacceptable in today’s modern digital economy. Bosses nowadays are becoming “facilitators” rather than aggressive commanders of their workforce army, which itself is increasingly becoming agile. So, how can a modern day boss in a New York office be portrayed as someone so reckless? The movie has a boss who insists that her assistant should go and get her dinner irrespective of the late hours – why should the assistant do what a delivery agency should be doing? Why should the other assistant (for the male boss) bring coffee for him every day? Or, juice!!!

The third observation is the mistaken (in my opinion) demonstration of how easy a typical young American falls in love right after the first date and then they immediately progress to the next stage. While it may be true in a sense (I don’t know myself what I am saying here!!!), I believe that people are a little more measured than shown in most movies in rushing towards the inevitable act. While school romances are common, after a few years people do become sober, and do not really trust their first instincts. They would examine more, check out the background of each other, see whether there are common interests (though the two bosses do not demonstrate any of these characteristics and still fall in love), and if they really want to enter into a casual relationship (the movie does show the scene in the assistant’s home when both are eating pizza and then the girl just goes away though the guy is inching towards a potential kiss – he doesn’t show his inclination though). I think this was one of the best scenes when two peoples’ collusion does not descend into a physical relationship though the situation and environment favours one. I liked the way the girl assistant moves on with her thoughts after the pizza dinner – and she also looks at the guy somewhat adoringly.

Fourth observation – this movie is all about “setting up” two people who would not have normally met, and also impacting their hook ups by making them say or do something which accentuates their desire for each other. This is called “cyrano” after the 19th Century play called “Cyrano de Bergerac”. It was the first time that I came across this special word which connotes setting up two people to do something, directed by somebody else who knows them both.

So, all in all, those are my generic observations. The movie itself is a good time-passer with pleasant happenings, zero violence, quick comedy situations, fast paced actions on an entirely social front, good direction, and good story line. My wife and I liked it, but we were not over-awed by the movie. I was surprised to see its good reception, however.

Enjoy your weekend with some good movie folks,

Cheers,

Vijay Srinivasan

30th June 2018

 

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