Review: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (2015)

The first movie I watched on Netflix

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Title: Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List

Director: Kristin Hanggi

Stars: Victoria Justice, Pierson Fode, Matthew Daddario

Plot summary: Naomi and Ely have loved each other their whole lives, even though Ely isn’t exactly into girls. The institution of a “No Kiss List” has prevented the two from rifts in the past, but bonds are tested when they both fall for the same guy.

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Call me late, but I’ve only been recently subscribed to Netflix. Once subscribed though, I attacked all those TV shows I’ve only heard of but not seen. Movies sounded great, but I should at least get to the end of this season first, right?

Wrong. There is nothing like a feel-good movie to refresh your brain, even if you’ve been spending the last couple of nights “refreshing” with episodes of your newfound favourite show. Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List was exactly that movie for me.

The first time reading the blurb, I was left thinking it might be another try-hard chick flick. Now I can safely say that the summary did not do the movie justice. Though the plot placed a magnifying glass on the bond shared between Naomi (Victoria Justice) and Ely (Pierson Fode), the movie explored human interactions on a greater scope. Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List captured young adults as the raw, colourful creatures that we are. Its brilliantly written script was able to compose the ease in playful banters, as well as the fights that would erupt between friends.

The silences are what I love most. The film knows that music is not always needed to create mood. In fact, the ambience is created through the music’s lack thereof. The same approach is used for the humour, whereby the directing did not exaggerate punchlines –leaving audience to decide for themselves whether the scene was a funny one or nothing out of the ordinary.

However, the directing seems to be confused towards the end. The movie has been following Naomi’s point of view since the beginning, but then it appeared that the story needed to see what is happening on Ely’s end when Naomi is not around. The solution? The audience is treated with Ely’s point of view, regardless of the impression it would leave on the audience (not positive, let me tell you). A greater balance in the use of both perspectives could have been observed.

The bottom line is, the “No Kiss List” is such an enjoyable lighthearted flick that I recommended it to all my friends right as the credits started to roll. The movie targets young adults and it particularly reaches out to those who are only beginning their journey on this road we call life (which, by the way, is a category I seem to fit right in as a university freshman myself). Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List does not disappoint with its themes on self-discovery, growing up, and a take home message: that love comes in different shapes.

Oh, one last thing. Ogling Matthew Daddario never hurts, either.

Rating: 5/5

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