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‘Choose Love’ Review: Pick Your Own Cliché

Netflix’s latest interactive film, “Choose Love,” is an attempt to impose a dating simulator experience on a standard-issue rom-com. Its choose-your-own-adventure interface – as in 2019 “Black Mirror” film “Bandersnatch,” Another Netflix production – lets viewers make the decisions for Cammy Conway (Laura Marano), a young woman who suddenly has to choose between three lovers. The choices viewers make at the click of a button (Should Cami kiss this man or avoid his advances? Should she wear this dress or that?) will ultimately determine which guy she ends up with.

Except that the viewer doesn’t have as many options as it appears. The opening scene of the movie is a tarot reading where you get to help Cami decide whether she wants “good news” or “bad news” first. But either way, it’s the same set of cards. After a pleasant but simple double-date night with her long-term boyfriend, Paul (Scott Michael Foster), she meets a former high school heartthrob, Jack (Jordi Weber), while dropping her niece off at school, and discovers that is that he is now a professional photographer with humanitarian priorities. He takes pictures of children for charity.

She meets her third boyfriend, a famous pop musician named Rex Gallier (Avan Jogia), when he rents space in the recording studio where she works as a sound engineer. Rex asks her for advice on a new track he’s making, and – whether you choose to “lie and say it cool” or “brutal honesty” – he relishes her expertise and invites her to record with him. Says for Cami’s old dream of a singing career is rekindled, and she finds herself faced with three possible life paths: play it safe, reconnect with someone who got away, or pursue stardom with a famous boyfriend. Do it.

The interactive features in “Choose Love” are more or less limited to the two or three pivotal scenes that determine which man Cami will spend her life with — and of course, as the credits roll, Netflix lets you go back and click a different button. Encourages to click on for an alternate ending. If only the movie was compelling enough to warrant it.

While “Bandersnatch” and Netflix’s other efforts at interactive storytelling, such as the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” special “Kimmy Vs The Reverend,” While they weren’t without their flaws, their unpredictability – whether through dystopian adventures or comedic timing – kept the gimmick somewhat afloat. But the main selling point of “Choose Love,” directed by Stuart Macdonald, seems to be that viewers get to choose which of the old rom-com tropes they see onscreen. Except for predictability, “Choose Love” resembles less a cozy rom-com than a conclusion left to the algorithm-driven media of streaming: a series of disconnected, shallow interactions, each leading to a different predetermined cliché. Is.

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not evaluated. Running Time: 1 hour 17 minutes. Watch on Netflix.


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