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Hooking Up

Published June 9, 2020

Hooking Up

Film info

  • Title Hooking Up
  • Director Nico Raineau
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline There's more to love than sex

Darla is a controversial columnist for a lifestyle magazine, until her sex addiction spirals out of control and she loses her job. Bailey, on the other hand, is a hopeless romantic who's just been dumped by his high school sweetheart and receives a medical diagnosis that gives him a new perspective on life. To take control of her addiction, Darla decides that the best form of therapy is to reenact her entire sexual history, and after a chance meeting, she coaxes Bailey in to join her.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:55She knows how to make a good impression, jeez.
3:59Really is awkward.
8:16The Apple product placement is off the charts so far.
10:41“I’m like the Oprah of orgasms. Everyone gets one!”
22:03How many places can it possibly be?
24:07I’m on board with it for the purposes of the movie, but it is preposterous on both their sides.
28:06A LOT of places is the answer!
31:59Comfies is a cute word for pyjamas.
34:402 versus 169 is vastly different.
36:20This is not your regularly scheduled training montage.
40:07The escalator steps logic is actually pretty good.
48:59“Definitely driving away, I can just drive away.”
51:11“My industry is sort of like a ‘women also exist’ one.”
1:01:03I’m worried they left the car with the lights on.
1:02:31Why the eff wouldn’t she have a passcode lock on? She’s a journalist.
1:05:40She’s secretly writing about him, he’s secretly Instagramming her. They deserve each other.
1:18:59Is she using Wordpress? Or was she, I should say.
1:22:13I love the idea of mother-daughter fixing engines.
1:26:30“I don’t want to be together just because it’s easier than being alone.”
1:34:19“Normally, I wouldn’t really c are, because I don’t like most people. But this guy wasn’t most people.”
1:39:48Yay, the car is still running a year later!

Thoughts

After the horrors of Total Recall, we were looking for something a little bit lighter and a bit more human. I don’t know if this was as light as I’d expected, given that it’s based on addiction and a cancer diagnosis, but it was fun anyway.

The two have great chemistry and play off each other well, it was funny, and there’s a lot to like about it. I wasn’t totally sold on the premise, it seems like such a weird idea, and to be honest, both characters were behaving like assholes at one point so my sympathy did ebb and flow along the way.

But that’s what makes humans human, their ability to be awful but also so lovely to each other. Good film.

As an aside, who the heck is that on the cover because it’s certainly not Brittany Snow.

Rating: 4 / 5

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