I’m still trying to figure out why anyone would voluntarily subject themselves to this film. DeAr (2024), starring Aishwarya Rajesh and G V Prakash as a married couple, is a film that had all the makings of a potentially great comedy – but alas, it’s a snooze-fest.

The plot? Oh boy, we’ve seen this one before: snoring wreaks havoc on a marriage. The premise could have been a chuckler, reminding us of the light-hearted “Good Night.” Instead, “DeAr” meanders off into drama overload. I mean, who thought it was a good idea to make the hero a complete buffoon? And the clichéd reunion of the elderly couple played by the venerable Rohini and Thalaivasal Vijay?

But amidst all this chaos, there are some shining stars (pun intended). Kaali Venkat, that lovable comedian, steals the show with his surprisingly mature portrayal as the elder brother/breadwinner of the family. Nandhini is equally impressive as his docile wife – you’ll want to give her a hug and a high-five for putting up with all the nonsense around her. And then there’s Geetha Kailasam, whose character has limited scope but still manages to bring some much-needed gravitas to the proceedings. Too bad it’s not enough to save the film from its overall mediocrity.

I’d say give DeAr a miss unless you’re studying how not to handle a quirky premise. A resounding Rotten rating from Mangoidiots for this one.

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