As an aspiring playwright and children’s theater coach on the rebound from a long-term relationship, former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams brings her unique mixture of blunt outspokenness and warm vulnerability to this low-key comedy about the search for love and success in New York City. In a role written specifically for her, Williams plays the smart, confident, and vivacious titular character. Nevertheless, like many modern women, she's having trouble in the romance department and still pines for her ex-boyfriend Damon (Get Out's Lakeith Stanfield). When she goes on a blind date with a divorced app designer named Boone (Chris O'Dowd), their oil-and-water personalities don't mesh. She seems to have no off button while he is quiet and hesitant. But just like other terrific romantic comedies, there is great entertainment pleasure derived from watching these two disparate characters strike sparks together. Williams shows almost infinite levels of charisma and energy while O'Dowd matches her with his lower-key, easy-going charm. With The Incredible Jessica James, veteran writer-director Strouse (who worked with Williams on People Places Things in 2015) has made the perfect date-night movie for the Tinder era.
April 8, 2017 7:30 p.m.