Synopsis: Young and beautiful Clara Barron (Karla Souza) seems to have it all — a great job, a beautiful house in Los Angeles and a Mexican family that loves to have fun. The only thing Barron hasn’t figured out is her love life. Pressured to go to a wedding in Mexico, she asks a co-worker to pose as her boyfriend for the weekend festivities. Caught off guard when her ex shows up to the ceremony, Clara must now choose between her former beau or the possibility of a new and exciting romance.
If you are a fan of the ABC show How to Get Away With Murder then you’re probably familiar with actress Karla Souza. While starring in the legal drama, Souza also led the romantic comedy Everybody Loves Somebody. This movie was directed by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta and stars Souza, Jose Maria Yazpik, and Ben O’Toole.
Everybody Loves Somebody tells the story of Clara, who is a gynecologist who doesn’t believe in love. Why does a beautiful, young woman have a jaded view on romance? It’s probably because the love of her life (Daniel, played by Yazpik) left years prior because he’s part of Doctors Without Borders. While Clara throws love to the wayside, her parents are getting married after forty years together. Due to her family being always in her case due to being single, Clara asks her coworker (Asher, played by O’Toole) to be her pretend boyfriend. Things get tricky when Daniel crashes the wedding and is welcomed by the family with open arms.
As you can imagine, Clara now has a conundrum on her hands. Does she give in to the consuming feelings she has with her old flame that are still there? Or does she try something new and uncomplicated with the available Asher? While Clara knows she loves Daniel and that Daniel loves her, she still feels that uneasiness due to the emotional scars of the past. Also, she isn’t exactly sure Daniel is going to stick around. Asher, on the other hand, offers himself without complication and even has the fortitude to call Clara out. Asher can put up with a lot from Clara, so when his patience runs out, I appreciate it. Clara definitely displays some behavior that needs calling out – like when she tries to insult her sister for being married to someone who Clara doesn’t deem exciting.
A Pretty Straight-Forward Rom-Com
Everybody Loves Something followed some pretty essential romantic comedy guidelines. There were lessons learned, poignant speeches about love, and recollection after some disagreements. Clara’s sister’s marriage became one of my favorite aspects of the film, as well as Clara’s parents. While Clara has some sort of perception that love doesn’t exist for her because she either perceives love as perfect (like her parents) or “settling” (like her sister’s), she learns a thing or two. Her mother tells her, their relationship wasn’t always perfect. And just because her sister and her sister’s husband seemingly had a “boring” marriage, each knew each other inside out and that kind of love is probably the most important of all. More important than constantly chasing some sort of “love high”.
You also probably know who Clara ends up in the end. I called it from the trailer. Which, really bummed me out because….well, look at Jose Maria Yazpik. I know he was complicated, Clara, but…but!
Anyway, Everybody Loves Somebody is a cute romantic comedy that is predictable and a little cookie-cutter, but that’s what every romantic comedy is. It’s fun, binge-worthy, and wholesome.
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