New on DVD: Rae, Nanjiani are ‘Lovebirds’ on the run | #speeddating | #tinder | #pof | #blackpeoplemeet


A movie about a normal couple who find themselves at the center of a murder mystery tops the DVD releases for the week of June 8.

In “The Lovebirds,” Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star as Leilani and Jibran, a couple on the rocks after years of dating who have their lives upended while driving one day. Their car is commandeered and used to commit a vehicular homicide, setting them on a dangerous journey to clear their names of the murder.

The film reunites Nanjiani with director Michael Showalter, who also helmed the actor’s breakout hit, “The Big Sick.” As with that previous outing, “Showalter is unflashy, efficient and willing to let the performers fully take the spotlight,” Los Angeles Times critic Mark Olsen says in his “Lovebirds” review.

“Rae and Nanjiani have a quicksilver chemistry, flashing from playful banter to genuine, hurtful arguing in an instant,” Olsen writes of the film’s leads. “It’s often up in the air whether to root for this couple to even stay together — someone holding them at gunpoint says, ‘You seem like a nice though somewhat annoying couple’ — which gives the movie an extra charge.”

Ultimately, Olsen finds “Lovebirds” to be a worthy addition to the budding rom-com/thriller subgenre. “On a scale of other recent films that mixed the long-term rom-com with the action thriller, ‘The Lovebirds’ lands somewhere between ‘Game Night,’ starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, and ‘Date Night,’ starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell.”


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