The Valet claims to be a fun romantic comedy but it presents as a cringy sometimes painful to watch movie filled with stereotyping.
To be honest, The Valet feels like a missed opportunity. In what could be a throwback to older 1980’s movies, where the oddball guy gets the girl, the movie instead feels like random content for a streaming service.
As much as I hated the stereotyping of people of color, especially LatinX, Eugenio Derbez and Samara Weaving have fantastic chemistry. Sadly, there’s just not enough characterization for either Antonio or Olivia, which is crucial for a romantic comedy. Instead, we get dated antics and a cute twist around the end. Also, killing the mother wasn’t needed if we’re being honest. It was a useless move to add a couple of minutes to a movie who was already dragging its feet. Can we please get over stereotypes? Thanks!
In fact, the movie has too many issues to list, but none of them are a blocker. It’s an amusing and light comedy (when it lands the jokes) without having great ambitions. It manages to entertain with a sufficiently well-narrated, but rather predictable story and imagery. Again, easy on the clichés and stereotypes.
Should you watch it?
In general, The Valet does work as a romantic comedy for this decade especially with the twist ending. However, it’s a little bit rough and wobbly at times.