‘Dating & New York’ | Movie Review

After meeting on the dating app and having a one-night stand, two New York millennials draw up a “Best Friends With Benefits” contract to avoid the pitfalls of a relationship. Whether this relationship is built well enough to withstand the benefits remains to be seen, in this quirky rom-com that fails to hit any high notes.

Both Jaboukie and Francesca for me could win ‘best chemistry’ if that were a Tribeca award. Easily the most entertaining couple to watch and their back and forth chemistry had so much energy. I have only known Jaboukie from his appearances on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, I was really surprised with how well he translated his comedic style to a romantic comedy. Francesca Reale needs to be in more films. This was my first time watching her and thought she was great.

The story of a couple deciding to try an “open relationship” is honestly a boring trope in 2021. Rebrand it any way you want to, but the themes and ideas have ultimately been explored further than what ‘Dating & New York’ pushes its story to, and because of that you need to rely heavily on the comedy and chemistry of the couple to get you through the film. The chemistry is there, but the comedy is spotty.

Overall ‘Dating & New York’ is a little forgettable. When you watch it, the lead’s chemistry and the bright tone will help you digest the overall bland story enough, but you’ll forget most of what you see after a few days.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

Patrick Beatty is a film critic and creator of PatrickBeattyReviews.com and the Gaggle of Geeks Podcast network. Watch him Friday’s on ABC4 Good Things Utah talk about movies and follow all his work in the link below.

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