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Anyone But You was anything but special

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Anyone But You official movie poster. Photo credit: Sony Pictures

“Anyone But You,” was released to theaters on Dec. 22, 2023, and the romantic comedy was anything but special.

Romantic comedy movies or “rom-coms,” as they’re known now are making a resurgence in pop culture but that doesn’t mean they’re good movies.

“Anyone But You,” is a perfect example of a genre that can only have so many different narratives to the storytelling.

Many people hyped the movie up, which explains why it’s already surpassed its budget and is a profitable movie but that doesn’t mean it was a good movie like it was said to be.

Out of 10 stars “Anyone But You” would get five stars primarily because of how bland the movie felt when watching it.

There were bits and sections of the movie that made you laugh but for the most part it felt like every other rom-com existed.

The sequence and plot of the movie felt cheesy ,and we’ve seen it before multiple times, which just felt like it lacked that one thing for it to stand out from other rom-com movies.

Bland is the best way to describe this movie, the writing wasn’t terrible it could’ve just been changed to where events in the movie played out differently than they did.

Some of the things that took place in the movie make you laugh at how unrealistic they are.

One scene was Bea played by Sydney Sweeney reaching over a man on a plane to grab a cookie and practically sitting on Ben played by Glen Powell while he was sleeping on a plane.

She got her sweater stuck in the chair and was having trouble getting it out and in the motions of trying to get it out she hit Ben multiple times and somehow Ben and the other guy sleeping next to him stood asleep.

The ending is quite predictable, it starts with Ben and Bea meeting, they go on a great first date, something happens that causes them to have a fallout and then they make up and go back together.

The directing much like the writing wasn’t terrible but could’ve easily taken the movie in a different direction.

The cast’s acting also felt like it fell flat, considering there were two A to B-list celebrities in the movie, everyone’s acting didn’t feel genuine, it felt fake almost which is what you don’t want in a movie.

“Anyone But You,” is just a bit too raunchy for a romantic comedy movie.

Critics also did not like the movie and gave it a 51% rotten tomato score making it rotten.

There are parts in the movie that make you feel like there was a lack of chemistry among the actors and that they aren’t exactly feeling each other.

Hopefully, there are no plans to create a second movie for this film because it needs anything but a sequel.

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About the Contributor
Joel Carpio, Managing Editor
Joel Carpio is the Managing, Co-Sports, & Co-Social Media Editor for Talon Marks, he enjoys playing sports, listening to music, and is an avid fan of the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, Kings, and LAFC. He is planning on transferring to San Diego State University and earn his bachelors degree in Journalism. In the future he wants to be a sports broadcaster.
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