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Crush Movie Review: A Charming & Delightful Rom-Com

Crush is a predictable, but entertaining and charming, Queer teen romantic comedy that perfectly portrays what it is like to have a teenage crush. 

Crush Hulu Movie Review

Pretty much everyone has gone through a time in their life when they first get a crush. There is nothing quite like it. Do you keep it to yourself? Tell your best friends? Just got for it? Everyone handles it differently, and the new Queer romantic comedy, Crush, does a wonderful job of portraying just how awkward that time can be. Sure, it is quite predictable, but most rom-coms are. Still, Crush is a complete joy to watch from beginning to end thanks to the amazing cast and charming story.

Crush Hulu Movie Review

Crush follows Paige (Rowan Blanchard), a young artist who is forced to join the High School track team after she is blamed for something that she did not do. In a deal made with the Principal, she sets out to discover who the real culprit is. At the same time, she uses her position on the team to grow closer to the girl she has had a crush on for years, only to find herself unexpectedly falling for a different teammate, and learning that sometimes a crush is just a crush, and not true love.

This movie is very much a teenage romantic comedy, and with that comes the predictability. Within the first thirty minutes it is easy to see the whole plot will shake out, but that doesn’t mean the ride isn’t enjoyable. While Blanchard is amazing in the lead role, the entire cast brings life and fun to the movie. Auli’i Cravalho, who is well known as the voice of the Disney Princess Moana, plays AJ, whose twin sister in the film, Gabby, is played by Isabella Ferreira.

Crush Hulu Movie Review

Ferreira is no stranger to Hulu. Fans will recognize her as Pilar Salazar in Love, Victor, whose third season will drop on the streaming platform June 15th, 2022. While these three share the spotlight in the main plotline, Blanchard is very much the star of the show. She is extremely easy to relate to, which just makes the story being told even more real and charming.

Tyler Alvarez, Teala Dunn, Megan Mullally, and Aasif Mandvi perfectly round out the cast, all adding in some great comedic moments. 

Crush Hulu Movie Review

Probably the greatest thing about Crush is that while yes, it is very much a Queer romantic comedy, it allows the story to be completely natural. It doesn’t go over the top, or feel like it has an agenda. It is just a fun romantic comedy, with some very relatable moments for all teenagers, no matter their sexual orientation. It is nice that members of the LGBTQ+ community can see themselves on screen in a fun and charming movie that they can relate to. One that doesn’t make a movement out of who they love, but just showcases how normal it is. 

The only real issue with this film is how predictable it is. However, that is a very common thing with this genre of film. Crush is funny, relatable, and delightfully charming. A joy to watch from beginning to end, this is sure to be a hit with its teen audience.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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About Crush

When an aspiring young artist is forced to join her high school track team, she uses it as an opportunity to pursue the girl she’s been harboring a long-time crush on. But she soon finds herself falling for an unexpected teammate and discovers what real love feels like.

Crush streams on Hulu April 29th.

CAST: Rowan Blanchard, Auli’i Cravalho, Isabella Ferreira, Tyler Alvarez, Teala Dunn, Rico Paris, Addie Weyrich, WITH Aasif Mandvi, Michelle Buteau and Megan Mullally.

CDirected by Sammi Cohen and written by Kirsten King and Casey Rackham. Produced by Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps and Ryan Bennett for American High, Natasha Lyonne, Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens for Animal Pictures, Andrew Miano and Britta Rowings for Depth of Field, Katie Newman for 3 Arts, and Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon for LD Entertainment. Depth of Field’s Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, and Dan Balgoyen are executive producers on the project. LD Entertainment’s Michael Glassman is also on board as an executive producer, as is Max Butler.