Should You Watch ‘Look Both Ways’ on Netflix?

Should You Watch ‘Look Both Ways’ on Netflix?

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Lili Reinhart’s new movie Look at both sides visit Netflix this week, but should you watch it? Is it worth your time? Here’s our review of the new parallel timeline movie.

Originally labeled Plus/Minus, Look at both sides is about Natalie, played by Lili Reinhart. On the eve of college graduation, Natalie’s life diverges into parallel realities: one in which she becomes pregnant and stays in her hometown to raise her child, and another in which she moves to LA to pursue her dream career.

Danny Ramirez as Gabe (Top Gun: Maverick, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Luke Wilson as Rick (Old fashioned, Royal Tenenbaums), Aisha Dee as Cara (The bold type), Andrea Savage as Tina (Step brothers, Veep) also function.

We all have dreams. We all have obstacles in the way of these dreams.

We all have those “Sliding Doors” moments that make us think what if something different happened to us that changed our life.

IN Look at both sidesNatalie’s reality splits in two after taking a pregnancy test during a party where she falls ill in the bathroom.

This is her moment. A grounded moment that many of us can relate to.
However, the parallel realities of following mostly become a new level of fantasy for us: the idyllic outcomes of the privileged few.

Many films about unplanned pregnancy provide us with investigations into the various problems women face when confronted with this life-changing scenario. The painstaking decision of the woman’s choice. Examination of your ability to raise a child. The potential complications of housing, income, health insurance or even basic support from family, friends and the baby’s father.

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This film decides to remove many of these contemplations and pitfalls, focusing instead on dreams, talent and love. While these things in themselves seem like noble pursuits of interest, removing the many things women face during pregnancy makes this film seem sanitized and impersonal. Even in the alternate reality where Natalie is not pregnant, she still seems to have an improbable run where she manages to move to another state without a job, and land a job in her ideal career with her idol. Land said the job with the help of a handsome stranger who wants nothing in return.

While the pregnancy test is the catalyst for the split realities, the film hinges on two notable choices that Natalie makes throughout the film: if and when to accept Gabe as a potential life partner and when to take ownership of her career. These choices make up most of the interesting scenes in the film, as it’s the only time we see Natalie with real stakes and real mistakes. Unfortunately for us as the audience, the film decides to push these dramatic moments to the second half of the film, forcing us to sleepwalk through a less entertaining, largely charmed life in the first half.

In terms of performances, Lili Reinhart holds the film together with her subtle dual performance, but the story does her very little favors for her character to show depth. While I love seeing her step back into the producer role after Chemical Hearts, I don’t think this role will take her career to the next level.

While she doesn’t do enough comedically to make me think this is a true rom-com, I will give a nod to Andrea Savage, who tries very hard to make her role as the mother memorable and entertaining. Her character is one of the rare roles in film that creates human connections that aren’t inherently removed by plot construction.

Finally, Look at both sides will offer plenty of Lili Reinhart to her legion of fans, but will provide very little else. They don’t even have Texas accents in a movie set in Austin. Details, details.

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Lili Reinhart is the MVP as Natalie in the film. Whether you like the movie or not, it’s undeniable that playing two versions of the same character is difficult. While these versions may be closer than you think at times, Reinhart makes the subtle, necessary adjustments to make the differential more than just a few inches from her hair.


Best scene in Look Both Ways on Netflix

After she notices Natalie crying on the couch, Natalie’s mother, Tina, comforts her and gives a mother-to-new-mother speech that is one of the rare takeaways from the film.

“You are grieving a little. Because the fact is, no matter how much you want to be a mom, you’ll never be one again.”


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Our assessment of Netflix’s look both ways

BREAK. While we all love a good one Sliding doors At the moment, this film may not provide the analysis or entertainment one might seek from a shared perspective.

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