A Bright and Quirky Rom-Com, Rye Lane Will Have You Smiling

Rye Lane Movie Review

The first days of any new relationship can be exciting, but when it’s one that you never saw coming it’s even better. Rye Lane brings audiences a meet-cute story between two young Londoners who are both reeling after their relationships ended. A chance meeting tosses together Yas and Dom in a bunch of odd and sometimes bizarre situations. And while strangers at the beginning, the couple quickly starts to rely on each other where they couldn’t rely on their past partners for support.

The movie does have bits of nudity, talks of sexual exploits, and some cursing, but compared to many other movies in the same genre, it is minimal. What the movie does have, which a lot of other movies try really hard to achieve, is a believable relationship developing on the screen. The actors have chemistry together, and while the situations they find themselves in may be a bit odd, it seems to be those that happen early in relationships and end up being good stories later.

Rye Lane has a lot of heart in its short story, and even major actor cameos are tossed in for fun as well. The result is a cute and quirky movie that will have you smiling through it and giving you a sense of hope for budding love. The movie does leave you as their relationship actually begins, so maybe it gives you hope for a sequel as well, as the story of Yas and Dom could easily be made into a series.

Rye Lane comes in at a surprisingly short hour and twenty-two minutes. It doesn’t doddle or add more to the story than it should just for a bloated run time. Instead, the story just develops nicely, taking you on a sometimes bizarre trip through the budding relationship. It leaves you with just enough hope for the new couple’s future and another chance at romance.

A movie worth the smile it leaves you with, and worth a rewatch – Rye Lane will be streaming on Hulu on March 31st.

Overall Rating:

Four and a half Star Review

About Rye Lane:

From breakout director Raine Allen-Miller, RYE LANE is a romantic comedy that stars Vivian Oparah (Class, The Rebel) and David Jonsson (Industry, Deep State), as Yas and Dom, two twenty-somethings both reeling from bad break-ups, who connect over the course of an eventful day in South London – helping each other deal with their nightmare exes, and potentially restoring their faith in romance.

Searchlight Pictures, BBC Film, and BFI present RYE LANE, a DJ Films and Turnover Films production. Written by Nathan Bryon and Tom Melia, and directed by Raine Allen-Miller, the film is produced by Yvonne Ibazebo and Damian Jones. Olan Collardy is the director of photography, Victoria Boydell is the editor, Anna Rhodes is the production designer, with costume design by Cynthia Lawrence-John, hair and make-up by Bianca Simone Scott, and an original score by Kwes. The film was developed with the assistance of BBC Film, and funded by Searchlight Pictures, BBC Film and the BFI (awarding National Lottery funding). Executive Producers are Eva Yates and Rose Garnett for BBC Films, Kristin Irving for the BFI, Sophie Meyer, Paul Grindey and Charles Moore.


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