Something From Tiffany’s Review: The film attempts to differentiate itself from the millions of Christmas rom-coms released in the span of a month, but fails to invest in the story.
When Ethan helps a man named Gary after he is hit by a car, the two men accidentally swap pieces of jewelry they bought for their girlfriends. The engagement ring Ethan bought ends up with Gary’s partner, Rachel, instead of the earrings Gary picked up. But when Ethan and Rachel run into each other later, they quickly bond and begin to question whether they’ve made the right choices about their love lives.
Something From Tiffany’s Review: The holiday season brings with it a new slate of Christmas rom-coms each year. And more often than not they rehash familiar tropes. It has become almost a guilty pleasure to enjoy these as silly things for the holidays. Of course, there are movies from other genres like Die Hard, Home Alone, or even Batman Returns that have become part of the ultimate Christmas binge list. But the holiday season is associated with leisure viewing and rom-coms still dominate this space, no matter how corny they may be.
Something From Tiffany’s is, to its credit, unlike most Christmas rom-coms – from its storytelling to its arcs, and its exploration of the complexity of modern relationships. It is based on reality and the filmmakers deserve praise for bringing a relatively new concept to the table. The complex nature of modern relationships is the focus of the story and it’s an interesting choice for a plot device. But the uninspired screenplay and blatantly obvious plot holes turn the films into a tedious watch.
The chemistry between lead actors Zoey Deutch (Rachel) and Kendrick Sampson (Ethan) is undeniable. But there’s little justification in the story for why two people in a committed long-term relationship would be willing to call it quits for someone they just met. If it was an affair, it would have made more sense to the story. The story then introduces both its respective partners as antagonists in an attempt to bring a semblance of logic to the narrative.
It’s not a bad production in terms of performances by any means, but Something From Tiffany, based on Melissa Hill’s book, unfortunately, doesn’t fall into the campy Christmas rom-com category, nor is it an engaging drama about modern love. Is. The relatively short running time and lack of necessary character development make the story dull and tedious.
Verdict: Despite commendable performances by the lead characters, the film fails to keep one hooked to its characters and their stories. Furthermore, the comedy aspect of a rom-com is almost non-existent during its runtime.