Released: June 14
Cast: Maya Erskine, Jack Quaid, Ed Begley Jr.
Director: Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer
Why you should watch: Romantic comedies live and die on their performances. No matter how clever a concept is, a rom-com needs actors who can carry it on a certain amount of charm. Luckily, the stars of Plus One are up to the task. If you fell for Maya Erskine playing a version of her 13-year-old self on PEN15, you'll similarly adore her as Alice, an appealingly aggressive, newly single millennial. It's a star-making turn for the comedian, who's paired with Jack Quaid as her commitment-phobic counterpart, Ben. Nearing their 30s, and hit with an overwhelming number of wedding invites, Alice and Ben decide to be each other's "plus ones" to every event. This effort to be one another's platonic comfort blankets ultimately -- and predictably -- leads to sex and an eventual relationship with all its complications. The script from directors Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer, also alums of PEN15, is a little sloppy and rote in places, but when it lets Erskine and Quaid play off one another, the movie is a total joy.
Where to watch it: Hulu or rent on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and iTunes