Director Todd Strauss-Schulson gives Rebel Wilson two scenes of worth along with a thin plot that is predictable and filled with words rather than interesting dialogue.
Wilson’s Natalie is a low level architect in a firm that is lead by a very attractive Blake (Liam Hemsworth) who ignores her and adds to her insecurity both about her work and her worth as a dating partner. Following a battle in the subway she is set into a coma and wakes in a stunning penthouse apartment and is placed at the top of the competence list at her company. She even has Hemsworth’s Blake as a passionate lover.
Her coworker Josh (Adam Devine) is Mister Average but in her new life he is adored by the stunning Isabella (Priyanka Chopra) who is wealthy beyond Natalie’s imagination. Natalie suddenly finds she is invited to Josh and Isabella’s wedding at her country bungalow on Long Island and sees Josh a little differently.
The script gives Wilson a life of no consequence and when she uses four letter words there are sounds which cover her sayings, but we all know what she is spouting.
The two best scenes revolve around Natalie standing in Central Park and suddenly finding she is surrounded by singers and dancers that scene is too short. The other involves Josh finding an image he admires in the window aside of Natalie’s desk. The images of New York City are at times idealistic and filled with color and flowers like a wealthy garden, they are worth seeing.
It appears the principle just below the story is that women should not always be judged by their waist size but by their personality and how they think and use capability to get ahead. Regular guys also get a slight push.
But most of the film is designed to laugh at the large body Wilson carries around in many of the scenes. She is clumsy and uncertain and constantly falling down, that which respects her ability is only on the screen for a short time. The script basically uses her as a joke.
The resolution speaks to average guy and women who are not thin models having a future both in dates and at work, but not very much. This is not a valentine worth giving.