After their characters have a relationship in the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy as well as the film “Workaholics,” it’s safe to say that Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine have good chemistry.
And it’s that chemistry that just might be what brought them together again for the romantic comedy “Isn’t It Romantic,” which is available through rental outlets this week.
The IMDb website said that due to how often Wilson and DeVine have acted as love interests, Rebel has joked that they are “essentially the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling now... we just play love interests in all movies.” Additionally, Adam has stated that Rebel is his “work wife.”
But DeVine’s character Josh, who plays Natalie’s best friend, may have some competition in the love department with Liam Hemsworth’s (“The Last Song” and “The Hunger Games”) character Blake before he can actually win Natalie’s affection.
The film follows Wilson as New York City architect Natalie who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper.
A lifelong cynic when it comes to love, she has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious. When she comes to, she finds that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare — a romantic comedy — and she is the leading lady.
This is the first film where Wilson is the lead actress, but she is joined by some young, fresh talent including Devine, Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra (“Baywatch” and “Quantico”), Tom Ellis (“Lucifer” and “Miranda”) and Betty Gilpin (“Glow” and “Fringe”).
The film has a 70 percent critics rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website and a 49 percent audience score.
“It follows as many genre conventions as it mocks, but (the film) is a feel-good rom-com with some satirical bite and a star well-suited for both,” said the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film is rated PG-13 for language, some sexual material and a brief drug reference.
Other films releasing to rental outlets this week include:
n “The Upside,” directed by Neil Burger and starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies. Inspired by a true story, the film is about a recently paroled ex-convict who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire.
The film is rated PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use.
n “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” directed by Dean DeBlois and starring Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett and Kit Harington. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth.
This film is rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.
Synopsis for these films taken from Rotten Tomatoes.