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The Lovebirds

Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae need to star in every movie. Even though the script doesn’t always serve them well and the story goes a little too far out of the bounds of reality, this pair is hard to take your eyes off of in the Michael Showalter–directed rom-com slash murder mystery. In the midst of a breakup, Leilani (Rae) and Jibran (Nanjiani) get dragged (or driven) into a crime that they must solve in order to absolve themselves. One of the most hilarious scenes involves two “hipsters” (comedians Cat Cohen and Barry Rothbart) dramatically calling 911—and live Instgramming it—following the inciting murder. The following journey has some fun twists and turns, but the duo at the center make the film with hilarious line reads, killer outfits, and the perfect amount of chemistry. And at less than 90 minutes, it’s a pleasantly breezy at-home watch.

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