You’ve Got This review – a romantic comedy that respects compromises

October 2, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Film Reviews, Netflix
3.5

Summary

You’ve Got This is not laugh-out-loud funny but it is charming and amusing. It respects the graft a long-term relationship needs.

3.5

Summary

You’ve Got This is not laugh-out-loud funny but it is charming and amusing. It respects the graft a long-term relationship needs.

This review of Netflix film You’ve Got This contains no spoilers. The romantic comedy came out on the streaming service on October 2, 2020.


I’m not sure if this is indicative of 30s dating but for some reason, the topic of children comes up rather early. Maybe it’s to avoid the situation in Netflix’s You’ve Got This; a couple who are both barnstorming to the top in their respective careers until one of them throws a spanner — the husband wants a baby. He wants to be a father.

For all it’s comedy, You’ve Got This is a story that can be taken rather seriously with all its context. It presents a serious couple who have mastered communication and value each other’s time, despite the little time they have. This is not some whimsical story or a last-ditch effort to get the chance with a “one true love”. This film is a 7-year relationship hitting rather rocky bumps in the middle of the road.

The on-screen chemistry between the two leads is excellent; they both appear to understand what they stand for as characters. The wife has aspirations to be a controlling partner of a large company — her career is as precious to her as building a family while the husband, who does rather well as an advertisement executive, wants a family life balance with the woman he loves. Both are understandable reasons but You’ve Got This puts this simple, compromising position in a relationship on the platform and sees how it plays out.

The main plot really engineers this concept when the husband decides to babysit a child (seemingly indefinitely) without his wife’s knowledge — this marks a series of comedic gags as he fears that if his wife finds out, their difference on the child matter will break them. You’ve Got This is not laugh-out-loud funny but it is charming and amusing. It respects the graft a long-term relationship needs.

You’ve Got This sets out what it needs to do; it reverses the usual wife-husband trope and rather than making a storyline where the wife tries to make all the calls on family planning, it opts for a progressive, modern storyline instead where the husband is the one that is considering children. It’s refreshing, and while the script is blatantly on-the-nose about it, luckily the writing keeps the story stood up.


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