mid-budget movies

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, so you might’ve forgotten there’s a deadly pandemic still in our midst. The coronavirus hasn’t gone anywhere, and Hollywood is still trying to figure out how to swim in these uncharted waters. Even before the coronavirus, the mid-budget movie – that is, a standalone film that wasn’t meant to be a big, franchise-launching blockbuster – was a dying breed. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, the mid-budget movie might be gone for good – at least theatrically.

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the lovebirds review

Falling in love is easy, staying in love is hard, at least in The Lovebirds. This breezy rom-com from director Michael Showalter takes the immensely likable, very good looking Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, and sets them on a madcap capper involving mistaken identity, blackmail, and murder. It has all the makings of the type of mid-budget piece of entertainment Hollywood tends to avoid these days. A light runtime (86 short minutes), two attractive leads – what’s not to love? Well…a couple of things.

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the lovebirds trailer

The Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae-starring comedy The Lovebirds was one of the many films impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with Paramount pulling the movie from its April release date as every other studio postponed upcoming theatrical releases. But in an unexpected move, Paramount handed the film over to Netflix. The Lovebirds will be foregoing a theatrical release altogether for an exclusive streaming debut on Netflix in May, more than a month after its original slated theatrical release. A new trailer has been released announcing The Lovebirds Netflix release date.

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The Lovebirds Releasing on Netflix

One of the many theatrical releases that was postponed due to coronavirus concerns was the romantic comedy The Lovebirds starring Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Issa Rae (Insecure). Paramount Pictures pulled the movie from its April release date as several other studios postponed upcoming theatrical releases due to the growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus. But now the movie will get released for everyone to enjoy at home during self-quarantine, thanks to Netflix. Read More »

the lovebirds trailer

Kumail Nanjiani needs to stop getting behind the wheel of a car. Because it only ends in violence, and this time, murder. In The Lovebirds, Nanjiani is one half of a happy couple with Issa Rae (Insecure), whose bliss is suddenly interrupted by a murder — which they are framed for. Watch The Lovebirds trialer below.

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the lovebirds cast

There’s nothing insecure about this (big) sick casting. Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae are about to sweep each other off their feet in the upcoming romantic-comedy The Lovebirds, which will see Nanjiani reteaming with his The Big Sick director Michael Showalter. Read more about The Lovebirds cast below.

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