When Will stops halfway by way of a makeout session with Jane within the romantic comedy “Which Brings Me to You,” it indicators a form of maturity on his half. And he’s met with shock. Jane (Lucy Hale) was cool with a purely carnal interlude. Will (Nat Wolff) desires them to attach on a deeper degree.
Hale and Wolff make likable their romantically messy characters, a contract journalist and an artwork photographer, on this film directed by Peter Hutchings. After rethinking their coat-closet tryst — at a Jersey Shore marriage ceremony — the 2 reset and start recounting their romantic histories over the subsequent 24 hours.
Her historical past tilts towards form, deeply wounded males. His leans towards artistic, vibrant girls. The recollections of those former romances unfold as visible vignettes, with every commenting on the opposite’s paramours. “Oh come on. … She’s actually sizzling,” Jane says of Eve (Genevieve Angelson), the marginally older lady who spirited Will away from his faculty campus. “Oooh, Elton,” Wills says, listening to in regards to the dwell wire (Alexander Hodge) who swept Jane off her ft earlier than their relationship was upended by psychological sickness.
Another Hutchings rom-com, “The Hating Game,” additionally starred Hale. And like that office comedy, this too options places that will stir some nostalgia: Bahr’s Landing restaurant, Keansburg Amusement Park and the Asbury Park music venue the Saint.
Based on the novel of the identical title (by Julianna Baggott and Steve Almond, tailored by Keith Bunin), “Which Brings Me to You” is cleverly structured however typically feels too crowded with the ghosts of lovers previous. Then once more, isn’t that the way in which with among the most promising amorous affairs?
Which Brings Me to You
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 38 minutes. In theaters.