Love Type D sounds like a movie from another era or a lesson teaching episodes of a 1980s sitcom. Frankie (Maeve Dermody) has been unlucky in love her entire life. After her most recent breakup, she becomes convinced she has a gene that is preventing from finding love. With the help of a science prodigy named Wilbur (Rory Stroud), Frankie looks past on her past romantic choices with hopes of changing her future.
The plot sounds more like the Disney Sunday Movie than something made in the 21st century. And make no mistake about it, the film is content to visit familiar themes and territories. That being said, Love Type D is a romantic comedy. This is a genre that is more about satisfying audience expectations that trying new things. In this case, writer-director Sasha Collington is able to put together an entertaining film.
Once Frankie is told about her possible genetic condition, Wilbur presents a plan to help resolve the issue. Love Type D has a very sitcom like feel during these scenes. It can get a little tiresome at times, but the script brings enough charm to make sure it all works. There are some funny situations and characters introduced and as familiar as the overall plot may be, the movie is still able to deliver surprises.
The film also boasts a pair of strong performances with Dermody and Stroud. Frankie may be having troubles with the relationship portion of her life, but there is still a determination and charm about her. She is not too desperate or annoying and is easy to cheer for. Wilbur is supremely confident and has some of the best moments in Love Type D.
The script does make some missteps along the way – especially towards the end – but there is nothing that will ruin anyone’s enjoyment. The film does an excellent job of being a silly rom-com. It even manages to give people what they expect without being too formulaic. When all is said and done, viewers will have a smile on their face from this heartwarming story.
Love Type D opens on demand July 9
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