Head trauma has become a trend at the movies.
You know the films: A woman slams her noggin, passes out and awakens to discover she’s a supermodel (“I Feel Pretty”) or that she can hear men’s thoughts (“What Men Want”). I call them head-bangers.
They’re also routinely horrible, aside from the very funny new movie “Isn’t it Romantic,” in which the main character opens her eyes to find she’s the lead in a clichéd romantic comedy. It turns the well-worn device on its, well, yeah.
Rebel Wilson plays Natalie, a New York architect who’s resigned to the banalities of her life: a crummy Queens apartment, gorgeous men around her dating only bombshells and being mistreated at the office by just about everybody.
She especially loathes rom-coms and the blissful existences they present to mislead her kind.
As a kid, her mom (Jennifer Saunders channeling “Dance Moms”) told her if they made a movie about downers like them, “it would be so sad, they’d have to sprinkle the popcorn with Prozac.”
So, after her cranium collides with a subway-station pillar during a mugging, Natalie is dismayed to learn her life has become a drippy romantic comedy. Long Island City now looks like Notting Hill, there are perfectly choreographed karaoke sequences straight out of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and a total sex-pot (Liam Hemsworth) is enamored with her.
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