‘A Tourist’s Guide to Love’ (2023) Netflix Movie. Review: Romantic Comedy in Vietnam

A Tourist’s Guide to Love is Netflix movie directed by Steven K. Tsuchida and starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Scott Ly.

A romantic comedy for this Friday? A classic for lonely hearts, couples in the throes of romance, or simply sensitive people who want to bring out the tender side of their hearts.

For twisted moviegoers… maybe it’s not the right movie.

A Tourist's Guide to Love Netflix Movie
A Tourist’s Guide to Love (2023)

Movie Review

It’s got everything: girl just out of a breakup meets different and charming guy on an exotic trip (this time to Vietnam). One of those movies that usually serves to show the scenery and, by correctly applying the pre-designed scheme of scenes and situations, can’t go wrong.

It doesn’t go wrong, but don’t expect it to be the Titanic of your life either. It knows it’s a romantic comedy and it knows, logically, that in this genre any attempt to do something unplanned is a risk that even James Cameron wouldn’t want to take.

Rachael Leigh Cook and Scott Ly do what is expected of them: be charming, sensitive, relatable and as predictable as turkey on Thanksgiving.

Don’t expect anything new, it’s not going to change your life, it doesn’t pretend to, it’s the dream we all have that, one night or in the middle of a trip, something will happen that will rock our world… squeezed by the Hollywood Clockwork Orange ad nauseam and that manages to be still consumed because, Friday after Friday, we have a movie suspiciously similar to the previous one.

Not bad, for those who want to see, again, the same movie.

I have read that this one has something special. As always, it all depends on the lens through which you look at it. We’ve looked at it and, at first glance, we have seen just another movie to fill out the schedule for an audience that knows exactly what they want and is given exactly what they want.

No variation whatsoever.

The cast

'A Tourist's Guide to Love' (2023) Netflix Movie. Review: Romantic Comedy in Vietnam
Rachael Leigh Cook/Amanda Riley
'A Tourist's Guide to Love' (2023) Netflix Movie. Review: Romantic Comedy in Vietnam
Scott Ly/Sinh

Release date

April 21

Where to watch A Tourist’s Guide to Love

Netflix

Movie Trailer

Anna Green
Anna Green
Anna Green is a staff writer for MCM. Born in Australia, she has lived in London since 2004.
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