This is a fun and harmless romantic comedy that asks questions about what happens after the ‘happily ever after’.
When reading up a little bit more about this new romantic comedy, I was surprised to learn that this was originally a play that appeared on Broadway back in 1978 ( called ‘Cheaters’ although it didn’t do that well) – however, what it makes up for a slightly flimsy plot that could have been developed further, thanks to a strong cast it is still a playful delight to watch here.
Written and directed by Michael Jacobs, the premise of the film is that a young couple Michelle and Allen – both of whom have conflicting opinions when it comes to marriage, decide to let their parents meet to help them make a decision about their future – just not knowing how well their parents already know each other.
Yes, while the plot might be flimsy, this film as a gentle comedy (and a chance to see some fabulous actors all in on film together) really works and shows how the idea of marriage has changed over the years and what makes people stay together despite everything. The film does tidy everything off neatly, and the ending might be a little bit rushed – but there are some genuinely poignant and reflective moments that give the film unexpected depth.
As well as marriage, the film is a chance for the characters (particularly the parents) to re-evaluate where they are in their lives and it is really quite moving, particularly when the slightly predictable reveal emerges. The audience is able to see that it is them as individuals that matters as much as who they are in their relationships. The confrontation that Michelle and Allen have is a real wake up call for both them and their parents and it feels as though it is nicely handled.
Perhaps there could have been a few bigger laughs along the way, but given the experience of the cast (including Emma Roberts, William H. Macy, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere), the comedy that is found in the script is consistently enjoyable and comfortable. I would have loved for there to have been more of a fallout when the parents all discover their partners shenanigans – that in itself would have been an opportunity for much more comedy gold. However, it is still a leisurely and enjoyable ride for the hour and a half that is its running time.
If like me, you enjoy simply sitting back and enjoying a gentle film with some genuinely reflective moments then this is certainly for you. No matter the flimsiness of the plot, there are plenty of enjoyable moments to be found in Maybe I Do.
By Emma Clarendon
Maybe I Do is available to watch via Prime Video now.