It Had to Be You

It Had to Be You

Downloadable Video - 2016
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Sonia is a quirky, neurotic jingle writer who has always dreamt of a big and exciting life. Surprised by a sudden proposal and subsequent ultimatum from her easy-going boyfriend, Chris, Sonia has three days to decide whether she'll join the ranks of her married friends or take a leap and pursue her fantasies. Blinded by anxiety, and pulled towards a fantastical idea of becoming the kind of woman she always idealized in films and literature, Sonia decides she isn't ready to get married. Instead she will go on a solo trip to Rome and finally shed her inhibitions. However, reality quickly catches up to her as her journey proves a lot bumpier than the idyllic Eat Pray Love" she'd envisioned. A whimsical romantic comedy that's raunchy and yet gentle, "It Had To Be You" explores the choices women face today while satirizing cultural expectations of gender and romance.
Publisher: [United States]: Samuel Goldwyn Films, LLC , 2016.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
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1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 95 min.)) : sd., col.

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kpelish
Feb 13, 2018

A cutesy retro throwback to the 50s romantic comedies, with a twist in that it's the madcap woman who doesn't want to get married while her incredibly patient, romantic boyfriend does. Good scenes showing their vibrant lives much enhanced by real-feel friendships--including a recently married couple who show the ups and downs of intimacy--and a cheap but decent apt in NYC. However, there's a weird, uncomfortable scene where she takes off to Italy to find herself and to look up a "charming" exchange student from college who negged her back then by calling her a lesbian because, ah, what real woman can resist a compliment-spouting Italian? ;-) Her brief fling turns dark and seems harsh: negativity for a woman exercising her sexual agency. You can decide whether she makes the right choice at the end.

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Feb 13, 2018

Violence: A "friend" deliberately gets a female character drunk, has sex with her while she's drunk, then robs her.

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