Anyone But You: Is It the Rom-Com of the Century?

“Anyone But You” is your typical romantic comedy, offering a refreshing take on love, highlighting the intricacy of relationships and the blurred lines between pretending and genuine affection. The story kept me engaged with unexpected twists, and the character’s journey from animosity to genuine connection is heartwarming and relatable, leaving audiences with a satisfying mix of romance and laughter.

The story begins in a coffee shop, where our main characters, Bea (Sydney Sweeney) and Ben (Glen Powell), first meet. Their journey unfolds as they spend a night together at Ben’s apartment, engaging in endless conversations. But as soon as morning hits, Bea flees the apartment, afraid of the emerging connection she felt between them. The plot thickens when she decides to return to the apartment, only to hear Ben badmouthing her to his housemate, sparking mutual animosity. The story takes an unexpected turn when Bea and Ben find themselves at the same wedding in Australia, prompting them to fake a relationship to ease tensions and appease the soon-to-be-wedded couple. Sparks fly, literally, but can Bea and Ben convince everyone they’re in love when they wish they were anywhere else? 

The chemistry between Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell is palpable, with their on-screen banter and heartfelt moments drawing the audience into their tumultuous journey. The film navigates the fine line between love and hate, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as the characters grapple with their growing feelings. 

The picturesque Australian backdrop serves as a charming setting for the unfolding drama, adding an extra layer of visual appeal to the narrative. The film’s pacing is well-crafted, allowing the audience to savor the evolving dynamics between Bea and Ben while keeping them entertained with witty dialogue and comedic situations.

Natasha Bedingfield’s vocals and the song’s catchy melody contribute to making “Unwritten” an iconic part of the movie. Known as Ben’s “serenity song,” it not only enhances the cinematic experience but also leaves a lasting impression on viewers, associating the music with the characters’ transformative moments and the overall narrative arc.

The fake dating scheme creates comedic and emotionally charged tension, adding layers of complexity to their evolving relationship. It provides moments of humor and awkwardness, then becomes a catalyst for the characters to confront their true feelings for each other. The tension and authenticity of their connection shine through, creating a captivating dynamic that keeps viewers engaged.

“Anyone but You” is roughly based on the Shakespearean comedy “Much Ado About Nothing,” where characters Benedick and Beatrice share a dynamic relationship characterized by witty banter and a mutual aversion to love, only to reveal a deeper connection to eventual admissions of love.  

I would give this movie 4.5 stars out of 5 because the movie delivers a satisfying mix of romance, laughter, and surprising twists. Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell’s performances, paired with the film’s clever script and engaging plot, make it a delightful watch for anyone seeking a romantic comedy. 

Glen Powell, left, with Sydney Sweeney in “Anyone but You.” 

Samantha Marasigan

Hi, My name is Samantha Marasigan and in my free time I like listening to Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers. I love watching scary movies, baking, and reading. My favorite book is The Inheritance Games by Jenn Lynn Barnes and my favorite genre is young adult. I look forward to writing updates and news articles in the Arts & Entertainment section of The Edison Light!