is a sweet and funny romantic comedy with an incredibly charming leading duo in Tyler Hoechlin and Alexandra Daddario. It clear from this movie that a good romantic comedy does not need big studio backing when it has a compelling story, a solid director and a pair of charismatic leads.
is a sweet and funny romantic comedy with an incredibly charming leading duo in Tyler Hoechlin and Alexandra Daddario.
advertisingCan You Keep A Secret?
follows young marketing assistant Emma Corrigan (Daddario), who sits next to a stranger during a turbulent flight and winds up spilling all of her secrets - the little facts about herself and her life that she believes will drive everyone away.
With help from her best friend Lissy (Sunita Mani) and the questionable advice of her roommate Gemma (Kimiko Glenn), Emma attempts to navigate the difficult situation at work, made worse by her annoying coworkers and her slightly terrifying boss Cybill (Laverne Cox). Meanwhile Hutchings proves adept at bringing Kinsella work to the screen, keeping much of what made the book excellent and condensing it down so the story fits within a 90-minute movie. Hutchings' script also focuses the story a bit more and makes its themes of being true to oneself even more straightforward.
advertisingHowever, as is the case with any romantic comedy, much of the film success is down to its leading duo; in Can You Keep A Secret?
also boasts a solid supporting cast, especially Cox, Mani, Glenn, and Ebert as their respective characters, bringing humor and depth to the film. Though many film adaptations of books can struggle with pacing or overstuffing the runtime with aspects from the source material, Hutchings' script stays true to Kinsella story while updating it for a modern audience and making some changes to keep it fresh (though moving the setting from London to New York City may not please Kinsella fans).