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With: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood, Gina Rodriguez, Manny Jacinto, Clark Backo, Luke David Blumm, Giselle Torres, Isabel May, Quinn Cooke, Pete Davidson, Jami Gertz, Dylan Gelula, Mason Gooding, Jordan Carlos, Ben McKenzie
Written by: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
Directed by: Jason Orley
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual material, some drug use and partial nudity
Running Time: 116
Date: 02/11/2022

I Want You Back (2022)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The romantic comedy I Want You Back is based on what sounds like a silly rom-com concept, and one that was already pretty well used in Addicted to Love. Two couples break up, one person from each ex-couple takes a new partner, and the two dumpees meet and plan on how to sabotage the two new relationships. As the main characters, Jenny Slate and Charlie Day both balance a pretty good mix of zany and grounded, and they effectively drive the story. Moreover, the writing — by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger (Love, Simon) — is just a little bit smarter than anyone could have expected, with the selection of supporting characters emerging as more than just cogs in a rom-com machine. Additionally, nothing quite goes as you would expect it to; there are no easy answers here, and there are messy consequences.

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