Don’t Waste Your Time on “Your Place or Mine”

Another cliche Netflix love story.


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Official theatrical poster for Netflix’s newest romcom “Your Place or Mine,” which was released on Friday, Feb. 10.

Cecilia Cheng, A&E Editor

Love has certainly been in the air. Whether you have a lover or not, a movie night is always your safest bet for a nice Valentine’s Day night. Every year, Netflix releases a selection of romcoms around February and this year is no different.

Netflix’s latest attempt at a rom-com is “Your Place or Mine;” a movie adaptation of a book that shares the same name tells the story of Debbie (Reese Witherspoon) and Peter (Asher Kutcher), who had a one-night stand 20 years ago, and, after Peter’s rejection of Debbie, remained best friends. One day, Debbie had a work trip and the two decided to swap places for a week since Debbie needed someone to babysit her 13-year-old son.

This movie ruined my already depressing Valentine’s Day. I’m usually a big fan of romcoms, but this movie honestly let me down. Even though the movie has a happy ending, there was nothing happy about my experience. I don’t have enough fingers to count the number of times I’ve just wanted to skip through the entire movie. This was the most predictable romcom I’ve ever seen; nothing special stood out to me and I felt like I was watching the same scene over and over again.

The storyline had potential, but the movie itself was carried out so poorly. Everything was so dull. The script was clearly written by a millennial, trying to incorporate Gen-Z jokes but then failed miserably. Now, I love the cast, and with what they were provided, I think they did just fine, despite the lack of chemistry between Witherspoon and Kutcher.

The whole movie also felt super rushed. It was great seeing the background of their relationship and the different values they had in life, but the two aren’t even in the same room for the majority of the movie. I’m not saying romcoms have to be realistic, but I found it weird that he had more screen time with Debbie’s son than with Debbie herself, although it was important for Peter to develop a solid relationship with her son.

If you want to set yourself up for disappointment, then I would recommend watching this movie. Otherwise, there are so many better romcoms out there with the ‘friends to lovers’ trope, like “Love, Rosie” and “When Harry Met Sally.” Don’t let this movie ruin your Valentine’s Day as it did mine.