Movie Review Monday: Desperados

While predictable, this movie made me belly laugh in a way that I really needed. Take a step back from the mundanity of quarantine to enjoy a genuinely good rom-com.

A panicked young woman, with her reluctant friends in tow, rushes to Mexico to try and delete a ranting email she sent to her new boyfriend.

(Description from IMDb)

While that description from IMDb is incredibly underwhelming this movie is not. I feel like it is an excellent entry for the rom-com world and isn’t the basic shell that a lot of romances turn out to be.

When you hear rom-com you expect it to cover two bases, romance and comedy. But, Desperados does so much more than that. Part of the reason this movie is so funny is because it’s relatable.

Wesley is quickly approaching the years beyond child bearing and she is desperate to fall in love and move on with her life, if that means convincing someone to love her by pretending to be someone else, she will. I feel like this is is a sentiment many can relate to, and it makes her antics funnier and cringier because you can understand her actions. She’s a person you can put yourself in the shoes of.

On top of that, her supporting cast is phenomenal. They’re funny, and they each have their own relatable adult issues. We also see the consequences of throwing your friends to the wayside, because Wesley will stop at nothing to save her phony relationship.

I bring all of this up because I really want to highlight how hard this movie tries to mix in heartfelt reality with the hilarity of adult dating. Everyone has probably felt desperate in a relationship or even a friendship, you’ve likely said or done something and tried your hardest to undo it. That’s why this movie won my heart. I can totally be that psycho girlfriend who texts 15 times to find out my boyfriend is napping, and wish that I could sneakily delete my crazy rant.

This movie is definitely predictable though. While it’s the good kind of predictable, you can still see the ending coming a mile away. I loved it, and I loved the route it took, but I would’ve appreciated a bigger variation in this movie from the standard.

I give Desperados 4/5 stars. You can find this movie on Netflix right now! Go watch it and come back to let me know what you think.

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Savannah Worman

My name is Savannah, you can call me Sav. I am a recent Oregon State graduate, Siletz tribal member, and aspiring book critic. Join me on this exploration of the literary world around us. You’re sure to find something you like. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments feel free to hit me up on the contact page! I live in the Pacific Northwest with my boyfriend, my Havanese/Aussie Shepard Stark, my Jack Russell/Shih Tzu Daenerys, and my son Finn.

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