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The film itself seems to be in denial about its own story.
The movie, directed by Stephanie Laing, tries too hard and too implausibly to fulfill what proves an uncomfortable, unworkable concept.
Wohl never manages to achieve the proper tonal blend. The result is neither sufficiently funny nor moving, lacking the truly daring humor that might have made the film a bracing dark comedy.
A half-baked tragic love story so desperately engineered to tear-jerk that it ceases to resemble anything human.
"Irreplaceable You" uses an assortment of slight incidents to impart a lesson that, from the outset, is patently obvious to everyone except the too-dim-to-be-believed person for whom it's intended.
You will not enjoy much of the hour and a half that precedes the climactic scene... but if you are looking for an excuse to bawl your fucking eyes out, Irreplaceble You will definitely do the trick. But you won't feel good about it.
With strong performances, the film is elevated enough to get its message across - that we may think we have enough time, but in our final moments time may be the last thing on our minds.
Irreplaceable You is built to be a tearjerker, but it's working from a blueprint that's out of date. Its quirkiness is too forced and its humor too trite for there to be anything to hold onto.
Just lies there
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman tug fiercely at our heartstrings with their charming portrayals of two people who fell in love as they grew up together and now face the terminal illness of Mbatha-Raw's character.
Something is there with one woman's mission to secure her replacement, but Wohl doesn't go far enough with the premise, and Laing makes the whole thing look very familiar.
Irreplaceable You is a mixed bag and Netflix is the perfect home for it. It's the kind of movie that won't offend or waste your time. There are better options out there, but you'll find things in Irreplaceable You to be moved by.
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