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Natalie's life has become a romantic comedy. And she hates every minute of it.

Isn'It Romantic is a 2019 Romantic Comedy staring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine and Priyanka Chopra.

Natalie (Wilson) is a woman disenchanted by love, who, after getting knocked unconscious, finds herself in a rom-com and she's the leading lady!

This film is also a Deconstruction of tropes, characters, narrative styles and imagery of romantic comedies.


  • A Cappella: When a waitress accidentally knocks the cord out on the karaoke machine, Natalie is forced to sing this way.
  • Accidental Hand Hold: Josh and Natalie both grab for the same item, sparking in Natalie the realisation that she might have feelings for him.
  • Actor Allusion: Fat Amy and Bumper have their own movie!
  • Adorkable:
    • Natalie and Josh. Naturally, they're best friends.
    • Whitney, in the normal world, is a dork for romantic comedies. She's also good friends with Natalie.
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  • Adventures in Comaland: Natalie is stuck in a romantic comedy while she's in a medically induced coma for 18 hours in real life.
  • Affectionate Parody: Lovingly makes fun of rom-coms.
  • All Just a Dream: Natalie was in an 18-hour coma, during which she imagined that she was in a rom-com.
  • Alpha Bitch: In the alternative universe, Whitney becomes this to Natalie.
  • Always Someone Better: Natalie believes everyone to be this to her, due to her low self-esteem.
  • Anything Can Be Music: In “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, all the regular sounds within the bar blend into the song.
  • Awesome Aussie: Two, a rarity in an American film.
  • Beta Couple: Josh and Isabella become a couple, but are on the background in comparison to Natalie and Blake. Josh and Isabella's wedding becomes the climax of the film.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Even when Natalie is meant to be “unkempt”, she’s still gorgeous. After all, she is played by Rebel Wilson!
  • The Big Damn Kiss: When Natalie and Blake kiss, rain falls down, the camera zooms out, and the music swells.
    • Natalie’s kiss with Josh.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Blake is noted to be well-endowed.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Natalie, Isabella and Whitney, respectively.
  • Camp Gay: Donnie in the romcom universe, played up due to the mocking nature of the film. Normally, he's more of a Straight Gay.
  • Career Versus Man: Natalie breaks up with Blake after the latter steals her idea and tries to cover it up by saying that she won't need to work when they're together. Natalie, however, loves her job.
  • Caught in the Rain: Natalie and Blake kiss passionately while it's raining.
  • Character Narrator: Natalie suddenly overhears herself narrating her own thoughts.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: Everything that Natalie hates about rom-coms, which she tells Whitney, happens.
  • Cliché Storm: Deliberately invoked and Played for Laughs. Nat lampshades every single romcom trope in the book in a three-minute rant early on and every single one of them occurs in the romcom she finds herself in. Even the soundtrack reflects this.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Isabella is this over Josh and Natalie’s friendship.
  • Comical Overreacting: The moment Natalie realises...
    Natalie: My life’s become a motherbeep romantic comedy! AND IT’S BEEPING PG-13!!!
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Averted, even though Natalie and Josh are seeing other people, they still share many moments alone together.
  • Costume Porn: All the clothes transform into bright, stunning pieces.
  • Cry into Chest: Natalie freaks out that she’s going crazy, and while Josh hugs her to calm her down, she gets teary.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Natalie. It’s somewhat of a running gag. While it's awkward in real life, it just becomes cute when in a rom-com.
  • Dance of Romance: Josh and Natalie dance in sync together.
  • Dance Party Ending: "All I need is a cheesy musical number."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Natalie and Donny.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: The movie cheerfully mocks all the stupid aspects of rom-coms, but at the same time it is a rom-com, and has the same core message that Whitney ascribes to the genre at the start of the movie: that you, yes you, can find true love and have a great life as long as you don't give up on yourself.
  • Deconstruction: Breaks down the clichés prevalent in rom-coms.
  • The Eleven O'Clock Number: The film closes on a spectacular song-and-dance number.
  • Extreme Doormat: Natalie is an unusual example, since she's a tough-talking cynic who seems like she's not about to take any crap from anyone... but whenever someone pushes, she inevitably gives in. She gets better in the end, though.
  • 555: When Natalie scatters Blake's flower petals on the floor, each with a telephone-number digit written on it, they naturally form a number that has this.
  • Flat Character: Parodied. Every character in the rom-com world other than Natalie and Josh are shallow caricatures that barely seem to exist outside of embodying some stereotype.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Josh and Isabella prepare to get married after knowing each other for a few days.
  • Freudian Excuse: The movie frames Natalie's hatred of romcoms to have started when her mother told her that it would never happen to girls like her.
  • Gainax Ending: Back in the real world, after putting her life back on track, Natalie realizes she is in a romantic comedy and goes into a musical number joined by everyone else from the film in the streets of New York. Plus, Donnie is now acting like his alternate universe self.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture: Subverted. It isn’t what Natalie or Josh do, but the fact that they’ve been there all along for each other.
  • Hatedom: In-Universe, Natalie is a one-woman hatedom. As Whitney dryly points out, for someone who hates rom-coms she's certainly spent a lot of time thinking about them.
  • Held Gaze: Isabella and Josh.
  • Hug and Comment: After playfully touching Josh, Natalie comments on how fit he is.
  • Hunk: Blake is ripped.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Played with. Natalie complains that a guy like Blake would never notice her. However, she also apparently can't imagine any guy noticing her. She's wrong about that part, in both worlds.
  • "I Want" Song: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
  • Just Friends: Natalie feels this way about Josh, at least initially.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: Played with. When Natalie realizes that she's in love with Josh, but both of them are with other partners, she comments that "maybe we should switch". Everyone clearly expects that to be a joke, but she just stares with a completely straight face, until Josh suggests that she's just joking.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Natalie is aware that she's stuck in a PG-13 rom-com and comments on every unrealistic aspect as it comes up.
  • Longing Look: Josh gives Natalie lots of missed gazes.
  • Love at First Sight: Isabella and Josh stare into each other’s eyes and are head-over-heels.
  • Love Epiphany: Natalie realizes she loves Josh and tries to stop his wedding. However, she doesn't "break the curse" until she becomes comfortable with loving and accepting herself.
  • Love Is in the Air: After Natalie wakes up, she finds herself in love with a guy, after being sworn off from guys.
  • Love Triangle: Natalie has two guys in love with her, Josh and Blake.
    • This then gets flipped, with Natalie and Isabella trying to win over Josh.
  • Meet Cute: But of course.
    • Josh namedrops this trope at the beginning, when Natalie interrupts two minor characters about to have one in the park.
    • Blake and Natalie meet note  when she almost gets run over by his limo.
    • Josh and Isabella meet when he notices her choking and does the Heimlich on her.
    • Subverted with Natalie and Officer Hansom. He saves her from throwing herself in front of a train and it looks like this, but it turns out that he only did it so he can arrest her for entering the subway without paying for a ticket.
  • Moment Killer: Two people have a Meet Cute in the park and Natalie obliviously plows her way between them on her way to work, disrupting the moment. Averted since they're since continuing their conversation in the background.
  • No Fourth Wall: Natalie is the only character aware that she is in a movie.
  • Oblivious to Love: Natalie fails to realise that Josh is in love with her.
  • Oh, Crap!: Natalie thinks she's still trapped in the rom-com world when she wakes up to another hunky doctor. Thankfully, he's just an actor, and the real doctor comes in to talk to her.
  • Old Fashioned Row Boat Date: The park is full of them when she and Josh goes for a walk there in the romcom world.
  • One Head Taller: Blake to Natalie.
  • The Only One I Trust: Natalie talks to Josh about some things in the rom-com world, but considering that he’s a leading man now, she can’t tell him everything. Luckily, her gay best friend Donny fulfills that role.
  • Pet Homosexual: Natalie suddenly finds herself with a gay sidekick. She's not amused.
    Natalie: He's setting gay rights back like a 100 years.
    • And it turns out that his real life counterpart is a Straight Gay weed dealer, who proceeds to mock the entire Camp Gay stereotype with his partner when Natalie expresses surprise at his sexuality.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Parodied In-Universe. One of the reasons Natalie thinks Josh and "Iz" should not get together is that the relationship would have to be called "Jiz."
  • Precision F-Strike: The way Natalie realizes that she's returned to her normal life is when she can shout the F word without it being drowned out by a random loud noise.
  • Race for Your Love: Of course. And it’s in slow motion!
  • Reality Ensues: A subtle sign Natalie is in a Rom Com is when she rips out her IV and it's like it was merely taped on. When she wakes up in reality and tries the same thing she winds up with a spurting hole in her arm.
  • The Reveal: Natalie learns in the end that Josh wasn't staring at a billboard model, but Natalie herself all along.
  • Rom Com Job: Natalie is an architect, a role ordinarily reserved for a male lead. In the real world she's treated with little respect and works in a frumpy office setting that affords her only a small, run-down apartment, but after hitting her head she finds herself in a modern, high-tech office, with her apartment not only roomy but full of expensive clothing.
  • Running Gag: Loads.
    • Natalie consistently getting hit by something
    • Swear words being drowned out by a noise
    • "A Thousand Miles" playing
    • "Beguiling"
  • Scenery Porn: The rom-com world is filled with bright colours, and flowers in every place.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Actually keeps Natalie from having sex since every time she starts, this happens and she wakes up the next morning.
  • Shirtless Scene: Blake, after spending the night with Natalie, walks out of the bathroom with only a towel wrapped around his waist.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Natalie finds Josh and Isabella to be this.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: What happens every time Natalie tries to swear in the rom-com world due to its PG-13 rating.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Delirious, another fantasy-comedy that starred a heavyset lead in another universe that humorously deconstructs a serious romantic genre after getting knocked out. The lead in question is instead Gender Flip and Race Lift.
  • Spontaneous Choreography: Twice. Lampshaded during the karaoke scene, but played straight at the end of the movie.
  • Summon Backup Dancers: True to form, three women randomly appear behind Natalie and dance.
  • Wakeup Makeup: A fact of life in the rom-com world, of course.
  • Wrong Guy First: Coma Blake turns out to be a jerk who doesn't truly love Natalie, but Josh does.


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