‘I Want You Back’ Review – ‘A Hilarious Story of Self-Discovery Amid New Heartbreak’


Terrified that, in their 30s, they have lost their shot at happily ever after and horrified at the prospect of having to start over, Peter and Emma hatch a desperate plot to win the loves of their lives back. Each will do whatever it takes to put an end to their exes’ new relationships and send them running back to their arms.

Allow yourself the pleasures and delights of being single after a breakup. It’s not healthy nor does it benefit anyone for you to jump right into another relationship. Instead, reflect on the reasons why you’re single now, be sure to do some self-inventory, and what knowledge you can take away from your experience. In the meantime, make the necessary personal adjustments, rediscover yourself, find new hobbies, try new things, hookup responsibly, and figure out what you want going forward. You can’t figure those things out if you’re constantly going from relationship to relationship, having to constantly start over. Once you know yourself, once you love yourself, the rest comes pretty easy.

“I don’t know what platonic means, but you’re my girlfriend now.”

Romance is in the air but breakups are just as abundant. Directed by Jason Orley, I Want You Back is a hilarious story of self-discovery amid new heartbreak. This is a film that we can all relate to in some way, especially in the age of social media. We live in a state of perpetual nosiness and it’s hard not to fall into that trap when posting a picture of your new boo on Instagram is done purposefully to get under your ex’s skin. Not only that, but we are now able to see and know exactly how the new person thinks, where they hang out, down to what they eat – we share way too much.  Nevertheless, that’s what the film touches on. While it’s a story of schemes and ploys in order to get back what was lost, its real focus and lesson are to remind us not to lose ourselves in other people. Subsequently, sometimes we have to let go to find out who we really are. Giving us two optimal perspectives and two secondary ones, the story efficiently covers as much ground as possible. What’s a romantic comedy without an endearing or embarrassing meet-cute? Well, the awkward tear-filled one in this film felt refreshing. As a matter of fact, the entire film feels equal parts fresh as well as familiar. The performances are humorous and well-executed, it’s a bit outrageous, a tad dramatic, but overall, it’s just plain funny. With themes of friendship, honesty, and the classic, recognize what’s right in front of you, I Want You Back is a lot of fun and a great pick for Valentine’s weekend. Its rewatchability is high.

i want you back review

i want you back review

Pacing & Pop

The film moves at an enthusiastic pace despite it being about two heartbroken individuals. What popped for me was the humor. The film took the comedy seriously and the romance naturally followed. It’s funny people effortlessly showcasing their talent.

i want you back review

i want you back review

Characters & Chemistry

Starring: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood, Manny Jacinto, Clark Backo, Gina Rodriguez, Mason Gooding, Dylan Gelula, Jami Gertz, Isabel May, Luke David Blumm

Jenny Slate and Charlie Day are a comedic duo that I did know I needed. The chemistry felt very organic and honest. The franticness and physical nature of Day’s comedic acting paired with Slate’s quick-witted banter is a recipe that works.

I Want You Back begins streaming on Prime Video on February 11, 2022. Stay safe and enjoy.

i want you back review

Director: Jason Orley

Writers: Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger

Producers: Peter Safran and John Rickard of The Safran Company, Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 51m

Rating: 3.5 out of 5