Love Type D: Review
Frankie (Maeve Dermody) is unlucky in love, she’s been dumped in every relationship she’s ever had and the last straw comes when her boyfriend, Thomas (Oliver Farnworth) sends his brother, Wilbur (Rory Stroud) to a restaurant to dump her on his behalf. Distraught by this latest rejection, Frankie decides enough is enough and she’s determined to turn her luck around.
Soon Frankie starts to learn about a new company which can genetically prove whether she’s more likely to be dumped or not and she’s spreading the news to her co-workers who all take the test. Determined never to be dumped again they all hatch a plan, with Frankie’s final goal to win Thomas back once again.
Love Type D is a quirky British romantic comedy written and directed by Sasha Collington. Setting the scene in a non-descript English town, Love Type D plays out as a typical romantic comedy, the only thing being that the film seems to be more of an anti-romcom.
Frankie sets about trying to sort her life out, so it seems to be a story about self-discovery and learning to accept yourself. However, as the film goes further, Frankie’s behaviour becomes more erratic and so the audience may start to realise why she gets dumped so much in the first place. Although thankfully Dermody’s performance is warm and likeable enough that the audience may still find themselves on her side.
The other aspect of this non-rom-com is that the male lead is not Frankie’s ex, but rather his brother, Wilbur and the scenes between Frankie and Wilbur are light and funny with Stroud also giving a good performance of a budding boy genius. However, there’s a certain suspension of disbelief that’s needed to watch Love Type D and unless you’re fully onboard with the concept, then the twist may be all too predictable.
There are also a couple of jokes about halfway through that try to be quirky, but just come across as bizarre and tonally wrong.
Saying all that though, Love Type D is a light and breezy comedy about finding love and looking at ourselves to discover the answer. A quintessentially English film with a modern twist and a great sense of humour.