Murder mysterious as a tried and true genre in filmmaking. Audiences have been enjoying this type of film for decades, as they attempt to figure out whodunit before the detective onscreen. Rian Johnson recently had great success with his murder mystery comedy Knives Out, which continues to make money and has even inspired plans for a sequel. Luckily for moviegoers, there's another one of these movies coming: Michael Showalter's The Lovebirds.
Michael Showalter has had a successful career, directing hits like The Big Sick and Wet Hot American Summer. His new romantic comedy The Lovebirds follows a couple as they accidentally get involved in a murder mystery. Kumail Nanjiani and Insecure actress/recent Oscar Nominations host Issa Rae star as the couple in question, and the movie looks like a wild ride. Check out The Lovebirds' first trailer below.
The Lovebirds trailer opens up by introducing us to its leading characters. Issa Rae and the recently ripped Kumail Nanjiani play a couple named Leilani and Jibran. It looks like one day Jibran gets up the courage to say "I love you", but their romantic moment is interrupted when he accidentally drives into a biker. Said biker gets back on and leaves the scene, when a "cop" commandeer their vehicle to catch the bike riding criminal. But instead of arresting him, said driver runs him over time and time again in the couple's compact car. Whoops.
It soon becomes clear that Leilani and Jibran have gotten themselves involved in something much bigger. The two are witnessed with the bicyclist's dead body, and realize they better get out of dodge. This puts the couple on the run, where they realize the only way to clear their names is to find the real killer and bring him to justice. This puts them on a wild misadventure that should make for plenty of comedic moments.
While The Lovebirds focuses on a murder mystery and deal with high takes, the trailer seems to tease a juxtaposition with the movie's comedy. For instance, the witnesses who find Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae's characters are hipster millennials, and we watch as the couple sloppily attempts to get away. As they get deeper into the underworld, it should be fun to see their fish out of water story, as Leilani and Jibran attempt to reveal the truth.
There will be some familiar faces in this first trailer for The Lovebirds, aside from the pair of leading actors. The fake cop/murderer is none other than House of Cards alum Paul Sparks who played ill-fated journalist Tom Yates. Pitch Perfect star Anna Camp also has a role, as one of the many adversaries the couple will encounter throughout the comedy.
Throughout each of the scenes in The Lovebirds' first trailer, it's hammered down just how much Leilani and Jibran are out of their element. A variety of sequences are teased, all of which include one of them messing things up. Heels break, there's sloppy violence, and they're shown having poor judgement time and time again. It should be hilarious to see how it all plays out, especially with such a strong pair of comedians leading the cast.
The Lovebirds will hit theaters on April 3, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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