A Family Affair (2024) Movie Review – Netflix’s ‘The Idea Of You’ fails even the chemistry test

Netflix’s ‘The Idea Of You’ fails even the chemistry test

Is this the era of hot moms getting their spotlight as Hollywood tries to repair its ageist mindset? After the hilarious Mother of the Bride with Brooke Shields and the Wattpad cringe The Idea of You which blew up for Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine’s explosive chemistry, we now have Netflix’s A Family Affair starring Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron along with Joey King and Kathy Bates.

Helmed by Richard LaGravenese who is known for iconic movies like The Fisher King, The Bridges of Madison County and P.S. I Love You, comes this mediocre rom-com. Written by Carrie Solomon, it follows the hard-working Zara who just cannot make it in Hollywood as she is stuck as the assistant to the heartthrob, Chris Cole who makes her do everything.

After he pushes her too far and has her quit, he recognises the error of his ways and tries to get her back. Only for him to fall for her widowed mother, Brooke who is charmed by him. They start having an affair much to Zara’s shock who does her best to balance her work and personal life.

To bluntly put it, A Family Affair seems like a rip-off of The Idea of You even though it’s not fair as both movies went into development at the same time. However, Netflix’s version fails spectacularly with its predictable storyline, overacting, annoying characters and cringeworthy dialogue. Kathy Bates pulls through and saves us from some misery when she’s onscreen but otherwise no such luck.

What is surprising is that as a rom-com, the leads of A Family Affair don’t even have any chemistry with each other. Which is disappointing as it could have been the movie’s saving grace and also because Kidman and Efron have played off each other pretty well in The Paperboy. Not to forget the fact that the two have been part of some iconic love stories albeit separately.

Let’s also get the elephant out of the room, yes they look different for whatever reason. As long as it doesn’t hamper their ability to act you know, since they are actors, who are we to pass judgment. Especially since Efron’s accident is public knowledge.

But even if we had Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron from their peak era, they wouldn’t have been able to save the film since the script is so bad. They are so unlikeable with their cocky and apathetic attitudes, no one would care for the stories of such characters.

What is even more surprising is the fact that the cast agreed to such a film which is clearly beneath their calibre. So is the direction which feels like it is done by some amateur with the characters acting scared and stiff, afraid to commit to the really bad movie they willingly signed up for.

In fact, it is a shame that Joey King has gone back to being typecast as the obnoxious loudmouth after the role of a lifetime in the heartwrenching We Were The Lucky Ones. Just do yourself a favour and skip this movie is all we are going to say.

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  • Verdict - 3/10

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