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Can You Keep a Secret? Film Review

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published April 23rd 2020
Rom-com starring Alexandra Daddario and Tyler Hoechlin
This new romantic comedy is the latest film adaptation of a novel by Sophie Kinsella - the author behind the popular Shopaholic series.

Can You Keep a Secret? is on digital download from May 4 across platforms including iTunes and here's what to expect.

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A new romance from the Shopaholic series author


This chick flick is about a young New York marketing manager who spills all of her secrets to a handsome stranger on a plane when she thinks it's about to crash.

But things turn awkward when the man then turns up at her company the next day as its CEO - and knows all her humiliating secrets.

Based on Sophie Kinsella's best-selling novel of the same name, the movie is enhanced by likable leads of Alexandra Daddario as Emma Corrigan and Tyler Hoechlin as her boss Jack Harper.

You may recognise Daddario from the recent Baywatch film or the Percy Jackson series while Hoechlin is in the new Teen Wolf series and Arrow. Together, they have electric chemistry on screen.

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Can You Keep A Secret is set in New York


As Emma gets to know Jack more, their relationship empowers her to deal with her secrets and transform her life for the better. She gets to know Jack's secrets too and the importance of keeping someone's trust.

The film is in a similar vein to another Sophia Kinsella adapted movie Confessions of a Shopaholic from 2009 with Isla Fisher with an attractive cast and backdrop of New York.

There's also a good range of quirky characters around them at the office and as Emma's flatmates.

Laverne Cox, of Orange is the New Black fame, and a bomb expert in the latest Charlie's Angels film, is the acerbic but secretly kind-at-heart office manager. It's refreshing to see a transgender person in this key role and Cox is naturally funny and has some of the best lines.

There's also a nice relationship at the heart of the story between Emma and her best friend Lissy, played by Sunita Mani and Lissy's own secret that adds another depth to the story.

While Kimiko Glenn from Orange is the New Black and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse plays the more spiky, self-obsessed flatmate Gemma.

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Good chemistry between the leads


Although Can You Keep a Secret? is formulaic, it offers an attractive sparky romantic comedy for those that enjoy the genre. It gives you what it says on the tin and sometimes that is exactly what you want.

For those who got a kick out of rom-coms like Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Back-up Plan or 27 Dresses, this is a movie for you.

Can You Keep a Secret? will be available on Digital Download from here. It can also be pre-ordered.

Rating: 15
Genre: Romantic comedy
Director: Elise Duran
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Tyler Hoechlin, Kimiko Glenn
Distributor: The Movie Partnership
Digital Platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, BT, Sky Store, Virgin Media
Running time: 84 mins
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Cost: Download from 7.99
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