SOMETHING FROM TIFFANY'S l Prime | December 9, 2022
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Kendrick Sampson, Ray Nicholson, Shay Mitchell
Directed By: Daryl Wein
Follows a woman as her life gets upended when an engagement ring that was for someone else leads her to the person she's meant to be with.
REVIEW BY: Darren Zakus
Something from Tiffany's relies heavily on the charm of its two leads, and despite the best efforts of Zoey Deutch and Kendrick Sampson, this film is nothing more than a dull romance that is instantly forgettable the second it is over.
Zoey Deutch is one of the most underrated and wonderful actresses in the business right now, delivering memorable turns in films like Zombieland: Double Tap and Not Okay. At this point, I will watch any film that has Deutch in a leading role, which is what got me to check out the latest Amazon Prime Video original film without checking out any trailers.
The film follows Deutch as Rachel, a young woman who meets Sampson’s charming Ethan after her boyfriend is in an accident. What seems like a chance encounter turns into something more when Rachel’s boyfriend ends up with the engagement ring that Ethan had bought for his girlfriend and gifts it to Zoey on Christmas. This sets Rachel and Ethan down a path that has them questioning whether this was just a chance encounter, or was this the universe introducing them to the person they are meant to be with.
Plot wise, this is your typical romance storyline, full of fun comedic bits from the supporting cast, drama that pulls our two leads together and apart, all building towards the inevitable ending where they end up together. It is basically a glorified Hallmark holiday film, just with a far bigger budget and shot on location in New York City. Though the film has a fairly short run time, it feels much longer than it actually is. The film takes too long getting to the central drama with the revelation of the engagement ring being swapped, and it just feels dull. You never for a second question that there will be a happy ending here, especially because the relationships that both Rachel and Ethan are in are clearly not great and you will be hoping they end. The romance between Rachel and Ethan is okay, but the script leaves it on simmer the entire time and never gives them any standout romantic moments for their love to truly blossom.
It’s lucky that the film has Deutch in the lead role, because she is truly delightful as Rachel. She is warm and welcoming, bringing to life this young woman that you can’t help but care for and hope that she finds her happily ever after. Sampson is good as Ethan, bringing a natural charm and charisma to the role that makes for a great male lead. However, he does not fully click with Deutch. Deutch emmenates love and passion and she internally struggles with her feelings for Ethan, while Sampson plays it all too cool, making you question at times if he actually has feelings for Deutch as it is not visible on screen. There is no denying that Deutch is the captivating talent of the film, though Jojo T. Gibbs and Leah Jeffries deliver some great comedic moments in their supporting roles.
Decked out in its annual holiday decorations, New York City adds an undeniable magic to the film that creates this charming setting for Rachel and Ethan’s love story to unfold in. Even if it’s a story you have no investment in while it plays out. While Zoey Deutch is everything this film needs, the rest of the Something from Tiffany’s never rises to the standard set by her and remains a cute but ultimately lukewarm, holiday set romance that you won’t remember after the credits begin rolling.