Movie Review: Naked (2017)

Many laughs, little heart.

Synopsis: Rob Anderson is all set to marry the girl of his dreams, but can’t quite get to the altar. He finds himself caught in a time loop, waking up naked in a hotel elevator over and over again.

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Loretta Devine, Dennis Haysbert, Corey Hardrict, Brian McKnight, Eliza Coupe and Scott Foley.

Romantic comedies are a personal favourite, especially when they are properly done. I like particularly when they get me mushy and laughing at the same time, because that’s killing two birds with a stone. And Naked does a good job of the latter; the former, not so much.

Marlon Wayans as Rob Anderson is nonchalant. He is unserious and leaves everything to chance, including his wedding preparations. He loves his fiance, Meghan, but he is so carefree he almost misses his flight, doesn’t attend the rehearsals for his wedding dance, doesn’t get the programme for the wedding, and doesn’t plan on a full-time job. He doesn’t even have his vows written for a wedding that’s only a few hours away.

It is said that God has a sense of humour, so when he wakes up naked in a hot elevator the following morning, he has to do everything he can to make the wedding perfect, else he is returned to that same elevator for a do over in a time loop, every time the church bell rings. He must get it right, irrespective of the many oppositions he finds in himself and other people.

The story is unoriginal but interesting and has a beginning that immediately plunges you into the heart of the conflict. The time loop however gets boring at some point as we keep seeing the same things happen over and over. But for Wayans facial expressions and his brilliant sense of humour, you begin to consider quitting.

Regina Hall isn’t well maximised in this film. She is a fantastic actor, but in Naked she seems clueless and a little too naive for a medical doctor. There’s no chemistry between her character and Wayan’s, and she looks more mature than she is portrayed. Eliza Coupe and Scott Foley are a little stiff and cliché for jealous exes.

Brian McKnight is a lovely addition and Loretta Devine sings her heart out beautifully.

Naked is an American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes and written by Rick Alvarez, Cory Koller and Marlon Wayans. It could use a little more attention to detail as Rob’s return from every loop leaves him with scars from the previous loop in some cases and none in others. This inconsistency is nearly unforgivable.

In all, Naked is a simple and enjoyable film with many laughs, many gaffes and little heart.

Rating: 4/10.