I WANT YOU BACK (2022) Reviews of Prime Video comedy

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‘Their exes have moved on. They haven’t.’

I Want You Back is a 2022 American comedy film about two newly dumped thirty-somethings who team up to sabotage their exes’ new relationships.

Directed by Jason Orley (Big Time Adolescence; actor in The Intern) from a screenplay co-written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Produced by Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Rickard and Peter Safran.

The Amazon Original movie stars Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood, Gina Rodriguez, Manny Jacinto, Clark Backo, Luke David Blumm, Giselle Torres, Isabel May, Quinn Cooke and Claudia Rocafort.

Plot:

Peter (Charlie Day) and Emma (Jenny Slate) thought they were on the precipice of life’s biggest moments – marriage, kids, and houses in the suburbs – until their respective partners dumped them.

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Horrified to learn that the loves of their lives have already moved on, Peter and Emma hatch a hilarious plan to win back their exes with unexpected results…

Reviews:

“While the ending of the film is no surprise, the path taken is full of twists and turns that will keep you excited. I Want You Back is a welcome film for anyone who has recently experienced heartbreak and needs a little hope that the world isn’t ending — or for anyone who wants to relax and watch Charlie Day be his hilarious self.” Film Cred

“The narrative cruises to a satisfying finish. The jokes go down easy. The characters grow in predictable directions. The film rarely strays from its genre’s conventions, and that’s not a complaint. Sometimes staying in one lane yields the most gratifying results.” The Hollywood Reporter

I Want You Back will definitely make viewers laugh. The film isn’t trying to make anyone cry or be overly dramatic — it simply follows funny performances through the 2022 dating world and lets the audience fill in the blanks. Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger really put their foot in this one and I Want You Back is a great pickup for Amazon…” Screen Rant

” …despite some pacing issues and predictable plotlines, the film keeps us wholeheartedly engaged with well-drawn, well-performed characters, grounded shenanigans and sweet, sentimental commentary on heartache.” Variety

Release:

I Want You Back will stream on Amazon Prime on February 11th 2022.

Cast and characters:

Charlie Day … Peter
Jenny Slate … Emma
Scott Eastwood … Noah
Gina Rodriguez … Anne
Manny Jacinto … Logan
Clark Backo … Ginny
Luke David Blumm … Trevor
Giselle Torres … Chloe
Isabel May … Leighton
Quinn Cooke … Taylor
Claudia Rocafort … Sylvia
Kysen Acevedo … Toby
Lauren Halperin … Janine
Jami Gertz … Rita
Betsy Sligh … Middle School Girlfriend
Braxton Alexander … Middle School Boyfriend
Thy Bui … Matt
Jordan Carlos … Mark
Saya Watkins … Audrey
Marco Schittone … Dentist
Franco Castan … Audience Member
Dylan Gelula … Lisa
Mason Gooding … Paul
Jessi Goei … Waitress
Manny Magnus … Seymour

Technical details:

1 hour 51 minutes

Fun facts:

There is a shot of a movie house where Texas Chainsaw Massacre is playing. Scott Eastwood, who co-stars in this film, played a role in the 2013 film, Texas Chainsaw.

Trailer 1:

Trailer 2:

Charlie Day and Jenny Slate interview:

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