Set It Up

A 2018 romance/comedy of the Corporate world, two Personal Assistants (PAs) hatch a plan to set their bosses up so that they could gain free time for themselves. Being PAs to high-powered bosses, regularly entailed them having to work for horrendous ours and being prepared, one step ahead of their bosses at all times, which they never really were. They did learn the intimate likes and dislikes of their bosses however, and could predict their moves, which was how they were able to strategically concoct a plan to have them meet and date.

The movie portrays the reality of some members of society today. Women are so caught up in their job that they fail to form a tight bond with a partner who they consider to be good enough for them. Men on the other hand, are always seeking an opportunity to take revenge, treating women as though they are possessions for them to acquire and do not bother to take the time to understand their feelings. Having a PA to some corporate bosses means that they do not have to remember such insignificant details, or what they consider to be insignificant, which is really very significant to maintain their relationships.

Harper is the PA to a pioneering sports reporter, Kristen, and wishes that she could learn enough from her to write her own articles. Charlie is the PA of Rick, a nutty venture capitalist executive, and hopes to climb the corporate ladder to a cushy Analyst role in the company. Using their knowledge, the PAs get their bosses to meet in the most uncanny situations that force them to come together, and then send each of them gifts, making them believe that they both shared a mutual interest in each other. The two PAs enjoy their own life, Harper finally dating someone and Rick finally having enough time to spend with his girlfriend.

Kristen, a boss who walks her floor with a speaker phone, becomes very friendly and charming to deal with when things are going well with her love-life but soon returns to square one when things go awry. Rick however, two-times Kristen by secretly having an affair with his ex. Which literally makes no sense because he and Kristen decide to get married. Harper finds out tells her boss the truth, only to be fired and her boss refusing to budge. A couple years senior to Harper, Charlie discovers his human empathy a lot later than her, resulting in him finally standing up to his boss and quitting his job.

The story itself is very predictable, and it is not a movie that you would swoon over. From the course of events that unfolds, you can easily see that the PAs, Harper and Charlie, end up falling for each other. It does however, please the fans of this genre as they get their happy ending and familiar, yet enjoyable experience. This movie is a step in the revival of romance comedies that provide comfort food to its fans.