Resort To Love is on Netflix now and we love it! It’s a romantic comedy but we also feel like it’s so much more than that. It is a journey of self-discovery to learn to close wounds to let in something new and better. To let the future in. After sitting down to talk with its leading lady Christina Milian, it’s time to review this movie. Ready?
Here we go!
I love music and rom-coms – seriously, put on a rom-com for me, sit back and watch it with me and I’ll say “yes, I do” – so as soon as I saw the trailer for Resort To Love I knew I was in. And I was expecting just that, a romantic and entertaining movie that would make me hum my favorite songs while watching a good love story on my screen.
I came across that and much more.
I came across the story of Erika, a strong and determined woman who has to see her dreams crumble as she shatters when Jason left and planted her on the altar. I met a woman who has to restart her life in the place that she least expected and that she must rebuild herself from the pieces that her previous life left her.
I couldn’t help but think that this story had a certain air of “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, one of the greats among the greats, which I have seen millions of times. It had this kind of story of “I’m in love with the groom and we’re trying to reconnect as his wedding moves forward and I like his fiancée. What will happen now? ” and I really liked that kind of inspiration, reinterpretation of the premise of one of the great romantic comedies of all time.
Although I also have to say that I got angry at times with Erika and, above all, with Jason. Not because of that kind of clandestine contact between them, but because of what that means for Erika. This guy left her planted at the foot of the altar and now he sees her again, he is engaged and is trying somehow to connect with her again. Erika doesn’t deserve a jerk like that and Jason doesn’t deserve her or her giving him the time.
That’s why I was so angry when I gave it to him. Yes, I admit it, Team Caleb to the core. I felt that he respects her, values her, supports her and loves her like Jason never did. I felt that while Jason felt threatened when she began to succeed, Caleb always encourages her to pursue her success and dreams, to pursue what her heart wants, even if it takes her away from him.
But Resort To Love surprised me again for the better. Erika wasn’t falling back down the rabbit hole with Jason, she was just closing that wound. She was just checking that what existed between them is no longer there, no longer exists. She was just realizing that she and Jason are not made for each other.
Erika needed this closure. The breakup was too abrupt and unexpected, she didn’t even know why it happened. She needed to be able to understand what had happened, clear things up with Jason, and verify that she no longer loved him so she could heal and move on. The break was two. Jason was an asshole but Erika didn’t put her all into it to make that relationship work. They just weren’t the right people or the right time.
And Jason is not such an asshole – after ditching Erika days after their wedding, I mean – with Erika as it may seem. He also needed that closure with her and verify that there was no longer anything between them. He needed to understand that he loves her fiancée and that he doesn’t want to be with anyone else. That she is the one.
And so, being at peace with her past, Erika welcomes her future alongside Caleb. Neither of them knows what their story will bring. But they are willing to live it.
Caleb is just the perfect man. I mean, just … put a Caleb in your life!
Erika is strong, determined, brave and also human. She is a real person, who makes mistakes and who is learning how to face them and learn from them. What is life if not learning?
Resort To Love is set in an authentic paradise that is the ideal place to experience new things and start over. The secondary characters are scandalous, highlighting Jason’s fiancée that you really try to hate because you love Erika but… it is impossible that such a cute person could dislike you and what to say about the music and the voice of Christina Milani. Terrific!
It’s an amazing movie because you find so much more than a romantic comedy in Resort To Love. You find a story of learning, of bravery, and of resilience. You find a message of hope.