Of course, the most important part of a romantic movie is the chemistry between the two main characters and luckily this is where the movie really succussed. These two characters are very likable and relatable. They are flawed but only in ways that make us relate to them more. The romance also plays out naturally and believably. The two stars (Michael B. Jordan, Chanté Adams) have fantastic chemistry and it becomes easy to root for them as a couple. This is not the only relationship that worked well. The relationship between mother and son is also quite well handled and brings the film's most touching moments. The story itself is very similar to many other movies. However, there is a reason these storylines are so popular and that is because they work. This is seen especially in the final scene. The final scene is surprisingly pretty darn touching, and I wouldn't be surprised if this scene brings tears to quite a few peoples' eyes. I admit to finding myself pretty touched by this scene and that made me glad I saw this movie despite its faults.
Despite everything that works, this is a quite flawed movie. This is most obvious when it comes to the dialogue. There is a lot of clumsy dialogue throughout the movie that sounds very forced and not quite like real people talking. This is especially true with the scenes with our female protagonist and her friends. These scenes ring false and can take one out of the movie easily. It doesn't help that her friends are simply stereotypes of movie characters whose personalities are incredibly one note. This movie also suffers from its attempts at humor, none of which are the least bit funny. The film is also simply too long for such a simple story, and it can drag at points.
This is a very flawed movie, but what works really works.