The Hating Game

Hello, my darling readers!
Today we’re talking about a film I wasn’t particularly fond of: The Hating Game. There are a great many things wrong with it, so let’s find out what in detail!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Based on the best-selling book, THE HATING GAME tells the story of ambitious good girl Lucy Hutton and her cold, efficient work nemesis, Joshua Templeton. Committed to achieving professional success without compromising her ethics, Lucy ultimately embarks on a ruthless game of one-upmanship against Josh, a rivalry that is increasingly complicated by her mounting attraction to him.

The Rating:

So, the other day I was out shopping with my friends. As the mall also had a cinema, we decided to go see a movie. Turns out, that choosing something halfway decent was a challenge, it really was slim pickings. Our options were either kid’s movies, Morbius (which according to all the reviews out at that point was supposed to be god awful), or a rom-com. We figured, maybe at least that’ll be a little funny?
Long story short, we sat down to watch The Hating Game, and oh boy, it was so much worse than I could have imagined.

Where to begin? If you love rom-coms, I actually think you might enjoy this one, as it follows the basic bitch template to the T. I swear when writing the script somebody must have made a list of rom-com-clichés, and they went through that like a to-do list. Not a single one was skipped. That was already enough for me to roll my eyes quite a lot. But I figured, I’m not really a rom-com fan, so this is probably a me problem. Well, my friends also hated it.

The clichés might have been somewhat charming if the story had many any fucking sense or – more importantly – if there had been literally any chemistry between the two leads. There were no sparks whatsoever and not just the absence of that was a problem. The acting performances themselves were beyond bland. I guess somebody thought “They look pretty, I’m sure that’s enough to carry the whole movie, right?”
Spoiler alert: it’s not.

Oh, by the way, we even get one of those scenes where the guy does something and because it is a rom-com it’s supposed to be cute and romantic. If that happens in real life, it’s an indicator that you are most likely dating a serial killer. I wish movies would stop glamorizing creepy behavior that is most definitely not healthy. It’s not romantic, it’s weird as fuck.

I don’t want to spend any more time bitching about a movie that was a failed enterprise to begin with on my part. I’m not really into rom-coms, so arguably this film never really had a chance. But considering that both of my friends – who had actually been way more enthusiastic about the prospect of this movie – also ended up hating it from first to last minute, I feel somewhat validated.

The worst part to me wasn’t even that the movie was bad. But because we were at the cinema, I couldn’t trash talk while watching. If I had been at home on the couch watching with someone, we probably would have had a blast with just how terrible it was. However, as I actually paid money to see this, I was less than happy.

If rom-coms are your thing, you might like The Hating Game, even though it certainly isn’t top tier in this genre. If you are in the mood to watch an almost hilariously bad film, go for it! Otherwise, make sure to give The Hating Game a wide berth.

Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!

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