Something From Tiffany’s Review: Very Appealing in a Classy Way!
The production value of a holiday film is what distinguishes it from a good film, and it makes all the difference. The most recent release on Prime Video, Something From Tiffany’s, enhances the holiday genre with a charming rom-com mashup.
Produced by Reese Witherspoon’s television and film production business, Hello Sunshine, the movie is based on a Melissa Hill novel. Given Witherspoon’s involvement with Reese’s Book Club and her promotion of female authors, it makes sense.
It’s not unexpected that the movie feels more “high-budget” than your normal holiday movie given the star power behind the scenes. If Amazon had taken the theatrical path, I’d even venture to say that Something From Tiffany’s had all the ingredients for a respectable run. The settings in the movie heighten the narrative. It’s simple to become engrossed in this universe because so many of the scenes were shot on location. With New York decorated for the holidays, it’s much simpler to get into the festive spirit.
This film’s appeal lies in the fact that it is unmistakably a holiday film and not a Christmas film. It’s wonderful to watch Rachel, played by Zoey Deutch, recognize her Jewish heritage right away and celebrate Chrismukkah with her boyfriend Gary.
Something From Tiffany’s focuses on the Christmas spirit and the joy of the holidays in general, as opposed to concentrating on just one occasion.
One of the few films that take place in the transitional period between Christmas and New Year’s may be this one. It actually serves as a fantastic metaphor for that week towards the end of the year because of all the mayhem that results.
The plot itself isn’t particularly original. Although switching gifts has undoubtedly been done before, in Something From Tiffany’s the risks are a little higher. It’s not a “no harm, no foul” situation when one gift is a Tiffany & Co. engagement ring and the other is a pair of earrings.
The characters and their performances distinguish this movie from other Christmas flicks. Having starred in one of the best rom-coms of the decade, Set It Up on Netflix, Zoey Deutch is no stranger to love stories.
She performs admirably in these parts and clicks well with all of her scene partners.
Kendrick Sampson from Insecure is a prime example. Even when they’re dating other partners, the pair is endearing and simple to support.
Having said that, I would have been happy with the plot even if Ethan played by Sampson and Rachel played by Deutch were just ever going to be friends.
Vanessa played by Mitchell is a likeable “other lady.” Given how wonderfully she and Ethan mesh, it’s difficult to dislike them. Without intending to offend Rachel, and without implying that Zoey wasn’t the ideal choice for the part, she looks too young for Ethan, especially considering that he is a parent.
Daisy, Ethan’s daughter, is played admirably by Leah Jeffries. The young lady demonstrates a certain level of maturity by choosing engagement rings and interpreting the circumstances surrounding Rachel. Children in holiday movies can often come out as very one-dimensional, but this performance goes beyond cliches.
Given that Jeffries has been chosen to play Annabeth in the Disney+Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I’m eager to watch her career progress.
For what it’s worth, Gary played by Ray Nicholson (yes, that Nicholson) doesn’t exactly come across as a villain. He’s a moron, but he also got hit by a car, and he thinks he lost some of his memory.
Rachel could have forgiven him for the lie if he hadn’t tried to claim the ring as his own and they had never been engaged. And I could have forgiven her! They may have matured together because they are both in a stage of life where mistakes are made.
While Something From Tiffany concentrates on romantic connections, Rachel and Terri, played by Jojo T. Gibbs, have a great friendship. Gibbs’ dry wit and Terri’s comic counterpoint to the turmoil involving her best friend provide for some of the show’s funniest moments.
Even though she only had a few scenes, Javicia Leslie excels as Terri’s wife Sophia. In the brief scenes we get to see them together, this duo radiates flirtatious charm. Terri, ever the meddlesome one, is responsible for altering the plot for all of the main characters.
- Why does Rachel start telling so much information to a stranger in a hospital? That’s so unrealistic!
- Being anxious about trying to tie bows on gifts is so real, and I agree that it takes a certain-sized finger.
- What are the odds that you let a total stranger help serve food in your cafe stand? That has to be a violation.
- I don’t blame Gary for keeping the ring! When do you get a ring of that standard for so cheap?
- It’s so obvious that Vanessa hates New York, I don’t believe Ethan didn’t realize that already.
- Is it safe to bake a diamond ring into a loaf of bread? For the ring?
- I hate when New York movies are geographically inaccurate. Walking from the Guggenheim to the High Line is unrealistic!
- I love a throughline plot — the singers they see on the street helping in the proposal were sweet.
Overall, Something From Tiffany’s is a festive frolic through New York City. It makes you long for a winter romance in the city, from the Bryant Park Christmas Market to the lights on Fifth Avenue. For a small blue box, yes.
Both Zoey Deutch and Kendrick Sampson demonstrate their leadership skills as the protagonists of rom-coms, and I hope that more possibilities will be presented to them now that the genre is experiencing a revival. I’m excited to see what the duo’s upcoming endeavors are and I can see this movie becoming a holiday season staple.
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