DVD review | You Instead – Pop goes the plot in a bright, breezy rock ‘n’ roll rom-com

You Instead - Luke Treadaway (Adam) & Natalia Tena (Morello)

Set against the backdrop of Scotland’s T in the Park music festival, breezy romantic comedy You Instead makes up in energy and atmosphere what it lacks in plot.

The story couldn’t be more basic: rival pop stars Luke Treadaway and Natalia Tena get puckishly handcuffed together and are forced to spend 24 hours joined at the hip. Treadaway’s Adam is the swaggering singer in a famous Californian electro-pop duo, while Tena’s Morello is the spiky leader of a struggling post-punk riot-girl band. At first, they can’t stand each other. Yet as they yomp through the festival mud, it gradually dawns on them that each could be the other’s soul mate.

Notwithstanding the sturdy handcuffs yoking the pair together, the story is as flimsy as a daisy chain, but director David Mackenzie really captures the buzz of being at a festival and Treadaway and Tena fit their roles to a T.

Released on DVD on Monday 23rd January by Icon Home Entertainment.


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