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Vanakkam Da Mappilei (2021) is a Tamil romantic comedy starring G.V. Prakash Kumar and Amrtiha Aiyer. The easiest way to describe this film will be: Director M Rajesh has made an anthology of three stories in one film with the same characters. At a running time of 165 minutes, it was too long, incoherent and featuring humour in a few places that save it from being a total disaster. It gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’ and is available on Sun NXT. Aravind (GV) is a marine engineer who has returned home for a six-month stay. He has made a…

Well Done Baby (2021) is a Marathi language romantic comedy covering the dynamics between a newlywed couple that is complicated with the wife’s mother living with them. The film has no villains or any cinematic happenings.  It impresses us with its relatable script authenticity and in its portrayal of the lead couple. It is available on Amazon Prime Video and gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Pushkar Jog as Aditya and Amruta Khanvilkar as Meera come out as a typical young couple living in London. Vandana Gupte as the nosy mother-in-law stands out in her performance adding humour to the…

Crazy About Her (Spanish: Loco por ella) is a Spanish romantic comedy. It takes the familiar story of a guy meeting a girl for a one-night stand but unwittingly falling in love with her and goes in search to win her. In this case, the girl is a resident of a psychology wellness centre – and that’s where a good chunk of the story happens. It starts off as usual but as it progresses it turned out to be entertaining. Gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Available on Netflix. The lead pair Álvaro Cervantes as Adri and Susana Abaitua as…

I may probably be the last person in his forties to have watched Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) for the first time in 2021. In the past, I have often heard about this romantic comedy which has been called a cult classic and a British culture icon by Wikipedia. The film stars Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. The movie is available on both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and you can’t miss it. In her 30s and sadly single, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is working in a dead-end job as public relations officer in a London publishing firm. To…

In Family I Trust (2019) is a Spanish romantic comedy that is available on Netflix. The familiar story of a lady professional getting heartbroken returning to her hometown to be with her loving family has been told warmly by Director Patricia Font. It was a fun movie to watch and gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Life has been going good for the young Bea, a steady boyfriend who has recently asked her to marry him, and a successful architect career. Then she discovers he had cheated on her. In a bit of rage, she gets herself fired and comes…