AT MIDNIGHT -- Unhinged Rom Com
Review by Adam Donato
Thanks to the rise of streaming services, the amount of mediocre content has subsequently followed. Movies can easily disappear if they don’t have any marketing and are thrown onto a tertiary streaming service. At Midnight is the latest original film from Paramount+. A famous actress finds herself falling in love with a hotel worker while shooting on location. From the director of Dating & New York and with a cast of D-listers comes a movie you’ve seen a million times before.
The saving grace for the plot of this movie following every genre cliché note for note is the sense of humor the movie has. A great deal of the dialogue in At Midnight borders on laughing with the movie and laughing at the movie. Sometimes it’s so absurd that it’s actually funny. Other times, it’s so dumb and cringe that it’s unbearable. The comedy is at the forefront of this rom com as seemingly every character has their own exaggerated personality. Shoutout to Whitney Cummings, who plays a bit part in this movie. Also Andre Holm from Workaholics game plays the bad ex-boyfriend who is completely obsessed with himself. These bit parts for comedians definitely add flavor to the movie’s sense of humor.
In comparison to other rom coms like this, At Midnight might be the sexiest. Diego Boneta and Monica Barbaro have good comedic chemistry, but do also work as romantic leads. Boneta most popularly known from his role in Terminator: Dark Fate and Monica Barbaro in Paramount’s last big hit, Top Gun: Maverick. Barbaro also has Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas so it will be nice to see more from her going forward. So if the story doesn’t keep eyeballs glued to the screen, then the sex appeal will be destined to do the heavy lifting.
There’s endless amounts of generic romantic comedies on every single streaming service that make this latest one passable. At Midnight has the looks and the personality, but that does not save it from the common pitfalls of the genre. Leave it to Paramount+ to make something nobody cares about. Do not buy a subscription for this movie, but if you already have one and are a sucker for a simple romantic comedy, At Midnight should suffice. Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day season and there is no shortage of love to go around. Throw this one on with your loved one for a good Netflix and Chill experience. Paramount and Ignore? Never mind.
At Midnight is now streaming on Paramount+.
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