by / June 12th, 2014 /

The Food Guide to Love

Review by on June 12th, 2014

 2/5 Rating

Directors: Dominic Harari & Rebecca Pelegri
Cast: Richard Coyle, Leonor Watling, Simon Delaney, Bronagh Gallagher
Certificate: 15A
Running Time: 91 minutes
Release Date: June 13th

Food critic and book writer Oliver has a problem; he can’t get past the six month mark with any woman no matter what he tries. He also never felt as though his parents approved of his career choice as a “foodie”, his father being a keen coddle maker. When he meets fiery Spaniard Bibianna it feels as though something has changed, there is a connection, but unfortunately she is taken and it takes months for their paths cross again. When they do meet for a second time, Oliver takes the opportunity to work his way through the dreaded friend zone and the pair fall in love. Whether or not he has the ability to bridge the six month impasse that has ended all his relationships is a sure test for an extremely flirtatious and, in most cases, thoughtless moron.

The idea of a love story that takes its time in getting the leads to fall in love isn’t exactly unique but this story does try its best to make it a little fresher. Try as it may, the lead up to the two finally getting together does tend to drag at times and it’s hard to believe that Oliver (Coyle) would make this much effort because he’s a self-serving idiot.

What can be said, despite the faffing about in getting to the romance, is that the chemistry between the leads is decent with Watling putting in a decent performance. Coyle tries very hard to make Oliver a little less annoying but you can’t escape the fact that he’s such a self-centred arse. It’s never good to make someone as unlikeable as he is because when it all comes crashing down you simply can’t feel sorry for him.

The support cast are decent throughout with Simon Delaney and David Wilmot – as a militant vegetarian – adding to the mix. The story itself is fine, but it fails to be original despite using headlines from Oliver’s weekly column as a guide to how the relationship is developing.

Dublin does look great through out the entire thing, despite being geographically incorrect in linking scenes, and there is a real effort made to make you root for the couple, but you won’t. It really never gets you to want the relationship to work, in fact it’s more likely that you’ll just sit there and not give a toss. And that’s the problem. You’re just not going to care what happen to these people and if you don’t care about them then you’re wasting your time.

Unoriginal and not nearly engaging enough, this is one to avoid.