Shortcomings

audience Reviews

, 85% Audience Score
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    Don’t waste your time. Lazy writing, bad lead actor and story is predictable. As an Asian American, I wished nothing more than a good movie. It wasn’t even close.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Boring and lazy storyline. Acting is pretty horrible, particularly by main guy Justin Min. I feel tricked by the earlier critic and user reviews which gave it an 85.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A hilarious and relatable directorial debut from Randall Park. Justin H. Min is fantastic. I really enjoyed this film and I think it's one of the more underrated comedies of 2023.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Not funny at all and not romantic. Can't see why it got good reviews. Like a film Woody Allen would have made if he was in a very bad mood. All about a guy who just doesn't get it that his relationships suck because he is obnoxious. Lots of mean snarky coversations. No resolution at the end. Not worth the time.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    You need lots of patience to see if this un- self aware millennial loser figures it out. I don't have that much patience.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Shortcomings is a rom-com that breaks the formulaic cliche's of standard rom-coms and reinvents a grounded and different tone within the genre. This movie stars Justin H. Min (The Umbrella Academy), Debby Ryan (Insatiable) and Sherry Cola (Joy Ride, Good Trouble). This movie is also the directorial debut of Randall Park and follows Min as Ben, a struggling California filmmaker who contemplates his romantic future when his girlfriend moves to New York for an internship. The reason I say this movie is different from other rom-coms is how it focuses in a lot on the character of Ben and really works as a character study on someone who is trying to discover what they truly want in a relationship but also in life, dealing with impulsive behavior of being self-centered, critically judgmental and dealing with internal mental issues and I feel like the way that Min plays the character is perfect for this movie as his performance shows the toxic behavior of Ben but also does it in a comedic tone which is entertaining. Sherry Cola plays Ben's lesbian best friend who also makes me laugh a lot in this movie as she constantly tries to be supportive for Ben while also calling him out on his behavior and being that loving best friend that everyone should have. I also think seeing Ben navigate these different relationships when it comes to Miko, Sasha, and Meredith it kind of helps him see this behavior and pattern he's found himself in. especially near the climax after he reunites with Miko and they have this argument which was intense, grounded, and was just amazing, as the audience, being able to see how Miko is not far different from Ben and how hypocritical they both are to one another and unlike normal rom-coms, this story shows the hard reality of real romance and the obstacles that come with it. Overall, Shortcomings is not your typical rom-com as it's funny but also real when it comes to the drama, fleshing out the characters, and grounding the story with displays of tragic romance. Shortcomings gets a B-.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Entertaining! The characters felt very real, there weren't any notes I thought were bad though wish the ending was a bit longer (though I'm sure it was intentional), the comedy was funny which was great, and the emotions also felt real. An easy watch
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    I like this film more in theory than reality. The lead character was kind of horrible so super tough to root for him. Enjoyed his friend, though!
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Glad I watched, but... I loved everyone in this movie EXCEPT the main character, who is an insufferable dick. I'm getting pretty tired of movies and shows centered around obnoxious guys who someone apparently thinks we ought to care about, even though they clearly are not worth it (I'm looking at you, The Curse).
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    It's fine. It kind of does what it sets out to do, which is to show the audience that love is fickle and messy and makes you do dumb things and there isn't always a happy ending. I didn't find it particularly compelling in the same way that 500 days of summer was a slog, but maybe if you are a heartbroken 20 something, you will get way more out of this. The acting was decent, and the lead does a decent Charlie Brown.