Rye Lane is an adventurous British romcom that will restore your faith in the genre

-Brenda Hillegas

Two twenty-somethings meet unexpectedly, connect over recent breakups, and spend an eventful day together in South London. Sure, you’ve heard similar plots before. But, make it British, throw the leads into some out-of-the-box situations, premiere the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and you have a romantic comedy that really stands out!

Yas (Vivian Oparah) and Dom (David Jonsson) meet at a mutual friend’s art exhibition. They quickly learn what they have in common and set off on a quest to make the most of their day…and maybe plan a break to obtain a favorite album as well. Flashbacks unveil more about each character and these scenes are hilariously exaggerated. Rye Lane is over-the-top in such a great way and you’ll be on the edge of your seat wondering what sort of “you can’t make this stuff up” situations Yas and Dom end up in next.

Aside from the basic meet-cute set up, Rye Lane shows us what a romantic comedy really could be. Yas and Dom are still healing from their respective breakups, but their chance meeting allows them to vent and slowly heal. Of course, viewers are rooting for the duo to get together, but it really doesn’t matter if they do or not because by the time the movie ends, you’ll already be in love with the story.

And just wait until you see the brilliant cameo from another iconic British romcom.

Grab your favorite movie snacks and make a date with Hulu this weekend. Rye Lane, the directorial debut from Raine Allen-Miller, launches on the streaming platform this Friday, March 31st.

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