Film directed by Steven Tsuchida and streaming on netflix, follows Erica Wilson (Million), a struggling singer who takes an entertainment gig at a luxury resort in Mauritius after a career setback. When she arrives, she is shocked to learn that she has to sing at weddings, and it is revealed that her former fiancée, Jason (Jay Pharoah), is getting married there. Erica and Jason struggle with lingering feelings. At the same time, Erica is getting to know Caleb (Cinqua Walls), Jason’s dreamy older brother, a retired Special Forces operative.
The allure of romantic comedies is, in part, their predictability, with characters working through personal hang ups and finding love by the end. The popularity of the genre points to a basic human need to be seen, and the tenderness and vulnerability in our lives. But the success of a rom-com rests on the film’s relationship to the audience. In “Resort to Love”, the lack of clear chemistry between the characters makes it hard to believe they belong together.
Pharaoh and Milian’s performance is stalled and emotionally barren. Erica and Jason were a couple for four and a half years, but it’s not clear why. There’s no familiarity in their conversation, and the only thing the pair bond over is their upcoming wedding song, “No One,” by Alicia Keys.
The wall is a bright spot in the movie, and doesn’t get nearly enough screen time. His Caleb is the perfect rom-com hero: handsome, charming, and grounded. But that can only nominally promote this film, with the only surprise being that Caleb falls for Milian’s one-note Erica at all.
Resort to Love
not evaluated. Running time: 1 hour 41 minutes. Watch on Netflix.