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Just Say Yes 2021 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Directors:Appie Boudellah, Aram van de Rest
Writers:Appie Boudellah , Mustapha Boudellah
Stars:Yolanthe Cabau, Noortje Herlaar, Jim Bakkum
TV producer Lotte (Yolanthe Cabau) has been fantasizing about her love story for years; a flashmob proposal, a fairytale wedding, all of it. She’s been dating Alex (Juvat Westendorp) for some five years, and when he proposes – though it’s a little less than dazzling – she says yes. She starts making preparations with the help of her mother, best friends, and self-absorbed influencer sister Estelle (Noortje Herlaar), but her pre-marital bliss doesn’t last long. She’s blindsided when Alex dumps her (on air, by the way) and things only get worse when Estelle gets engaged.
Though she’s sad and despondent for a while, her charming new coworker Chris (Jim Bakkum) helps her find herself and embrace a new career in front of the camera. Torn between her long-term love for Alex and new feelings for Chris (as well as her bridezilla of a sister), Lotte must decide what she really wants – and rethink all her ideas about love and everything in between.
Rom-coms may be sneered at and written off as guilty pleasures, but there is a lot that goes into making them as watchable, fun, and memorable as they are. Just Say Yes is a prime example of a haphazard attempt at throwing together successful ingredients from other films and hoping that they stick and make something half-decent. Unfortunately (and predictably), this is not the case. Romantic comedies need heart to work, and there’s not much heart in Just Say Yes at all. The characters are thinly written, the central story muddled, and the tone extremely inconsistent.
Just Say Yes jumps from hopeless romantic-learns-a-lesson movie to makeover movie to family drama to workplace romance and beyond many times over the course of its 90-ish minute duration. The cast is generally pretty forgettable, though Jim Bakkum is undeniably charming as Chris – he’s got the kind of essential rom-com lead energy. Sadly, it isn’t enough to save this mess of a movie, which is certainly watchable, but so devoid of heart and conviction that it’s impossible to ever get truly invested.