Surprise Me!

 (210)1 h 43 min2019X-Ray13+
What if pain was merely a set up for the ultimate surprise party?
Nancy Goodman
Jonathan BennettFiona GubelmannSean Faris
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Nicole SullivanLaShawn Banks
Nancy GoodmanJeff MarstenKevin McGrail
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Adam RelaysonReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Man, this movie was bad. I've never seen a movie that was both cliche and confusingly plotted. It was as if someone decided to write a story without a climax, but with a resolution. And the guy who played the boyfriend... I don't know what was up with him. His character was all over the place. Did each scene have a different director with a slightly different script? I feel bad for everyone involved in this movie.
15 people found this helpful
Lisa BarrReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprise Me! -- A Rom-Com Gift
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Girl meets Boy. Boy is “just a friend”. Girl meets Hot Guy and falls in love … and yes, she falls hard. But it will be up to HER to pick up the pieces. Genie Burns, Surprise Party Planner Extraordinaire, is on a quest to find the kind of love she needs the most … (self-love, shhhh). And only then, can THE REAL DEAL fall into place. This wonderful Rom-Com by writer/director Nancy Goodman is filled with eccentric characters (I actually fell in love with the wacky therapist), and the setting is a gorgeous Chicago backdrop. What you learn is that life’s unpredictable moments will not only surprise you, but also draw you in deeply. While there is lightness of being to this movie, there are also hard issues explored, particularly “eating your feelings” and coming to terms with what you think you want versus what you really need. Heartwarming, provocative, vulnerable, and witty – Surprise Me! is truly an unexpected gift of love lost and love re-discovered.
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Lottie CooperReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love struck: Be-Aware: Real Prince charming or smooth talking hot/cold shark
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Love struck: Be-Aware: Real Prince Charming or smooth talking hot/cold shark
By Lottie Cooper, MA Psychology, Healer

Not the Usual type of review: On the surface: "Surprise Me" is a playful enjoyable romantic comedy, light-hearted, silly, with heart opening scenes, and fun to watch, sometimes predictable. On the DEEPER levels it exposes painful themes that are very important to look at and be aware of.
“Surprise Me!” the movie is a very important movie at this time to help expose the real pain, discomfort, and confusion of being trapped in a relationship with narcissistic and psychopathic tendencies. It’s done in a playful feel-good way on the surface, yet exposes the long-term unhealthy, harmful effects.
Do you ever get pulled in to get pushed away to get pulled in again to love, romance, hormones, highs and lows? Are you getting love-bombed by a charmer who makes you fall in love and then treats you badly?

Watching this movie: can help you learn about this type of person so you can protect yourself and not be fooled by the people around you and help your empathic sensitive friends to be more protective of themselves: This movie shows the confusion, dismissive, gas-lighting, putting down, lying, manipulative, love-bombing, hot-cold-hot-cold, aggressive, charming, alluring, calculating, aloof, immoral, lack of empathy, of someone with narcissistic and psychopathic tendencies. (There are other types and flavors how this can play out, this is just one there are many ways this can look and or feel.) This is usually not talked about or looked at in reviews and movies. The reason the scenes might seem disjointed and could create confusion with the personality of the male boyfriend is because that is psychologically what someone with narcissistic and psychopathic tendencies can do-- they can act like they are giving you everything you need then slowly undermine your sense of well being and you can become deeply insecure, needy, and obsessed (not your fault) and you don't know what happened to your-self. So, there are many short scenes, displaying this ego-ic behavior and the painful consequences to the person receiving them and the impact on the friends who are concerned.
A person with narcissistic/psychopathic tendencies can be calculating every move so you get hooked on them, and they use you energetically for ego supply, and you are wondering why you are becoming unhappy. They can also charm your friends so you feel like you are really going crazy since no-one else sees what is going on. They systematically can play you like a pawn and expand your insecurities and make you addicted to them and then they make you feel like it is your fault; when it is their attitude, lack of remorse, manipulations, partial truths that are doing it. This movie shows this very well. (I am not sharing details so not to ruin the whole movie for you.) You get drawn into the main character’s search for love with someone who she even red flag’s as a player in the first place but gets pulled into his charm and affections.

This movie also exposes challenges with eating dis-orders (the dis-order gets worse with emotionally unavailable people, and better around people who care and support the person in feeling and self-responsibility), and the struggles of learning how to feel and take responsibility of your inner life, and empowerment. “Surprise ME!” also shows the importance of what love, care, and showing up can do for someone. Lots of things are touched in the movie in different amounts. I am grateful that they are touched and exposed more than most movies. There are deep themes here that can be difficult to illustrate and also show the full development of the characters for lack of time on such a complex subjects as narcissistic relationships, eating disorder, and how to take care of them and make a romantic comedy at the same time. They did a very good job for the amount of things that are covered in a mainstream feel good movie. It also shows the tenderness of surprises, joy, and fulfillment from the little and big things we can do.

The movie is playful and has a lot of heart in it. Some scenes might make you laugh and tear up with upliftment for the intentional acts of kindness. On an important heavier yet empowering note: I highly recommend this movie for learning about what to watch for to spot someone with narcissistic and psychopathic tendencies- red flags: and to understand the differences between people who really care about you and your feelings and those who do not.

For any of you reading this, watching this movie might help you see what is in your relationship or your friend’s relationship.

Are you or someone you know in this type of hot-cold, hot-cold relationship that is making you feel confused, exhausted, and slowly taking away your confidence and self – esteem? If you know someone who is with someone with these manipulative tendencies, you can be more aware of what to do, and be more empathic to the person on the receiving end to the game playing and help them get help.
For any of you hurting from this type of relationship: Please get help yourself: from a counselor, pastor, healer, friend, group counseling, 12-step group, books, youtube, lectures on narcissism, psychopathy, those who fall in love with them anyway. Don’t let any shame, confusion, or guilt, or lack of self worth stop you from getting the love, support and care you deserve.

This movie takes you on the roller coaster journey of unhealthy romantic love and healthy romantic love and can show you the strength and self-care it takes to get out of what doesn’t work and get support from those who truly care.

Request and Invitation: 3 times a charm: We learn from repetition: Please take care of yourself, honor your gut knowing, and Get out and or get help to get out of relationships that make you feel bad: some or most or all the time about yourself. At least talk to your friends that you feel something is off and

do some research on books such as:
"Women Who Love Psychopaths" by Sandra Brown et al. or
"Covert Passive-Aggressive Narcissist" by Debbie Mirza or
any books on this topic that you feel drawn to, so you can get the support you need. It's not your fault you that feel you like are going crazy when the other person acts like they are doing ok. I hope this was helpful.

Still Reading? Go enjoy the movie “Surprise Me!” and see how it impacts your life.

With Love and Compassion,

Lottie Cooper, MA (Clinical Somatic Marriage and Family Psychotherapy), Healer, Spiritual Counselor
Founder of

"Helping you find more joy in your life."
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Sarah EnglishReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Just sweet enough...
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They leave a few questions unanswered and some of the quirk is a bit really off the wall - but overall this movie works. It strays a bit from the Rom-Com formula which I found refreshing. ***Spoilers to follow*** I felt the true love interests in this movie needed a bit more character development and there was a lot to be desired when they finally get together in the way of feelings and drama. When they do finally get together, it feels a bit weird. Are they going to get married on the other guy's dime? When she asks "What was up with the French Dip?" why does he play it off instead of giving her an answer... weird stuff like that.
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GReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Strong start, but downhill from there
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This movie had a strong start. I actually laughed out loud at one scene in the beginning, but unfortunately, it went downhill from there. I was looking for a cute, light romance, but this turned into a drama which incorporated an eating disorder, the death of a parent (and the effects of that trauma on the main character), and negative relationship issues. NOT what I was looking for. They also had a very over-the-top, annoying therapist character, which was unnecessary to the main storyline. I eventually started fast forwarding through her scenes. I stuck it out because I wanted to see if they’d actually give me a different ending than what I expected, which turned out not to be the case. This had promise, but turned into a sad, disappointing mess with a rushed, predictable ending. Skip this one. There are so many better “Hallmark” movies out there.
Tatyana MReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
funny love story
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I loved the movie! It was funny, clean (no profanity or sex scenes or nudity). I don't know why the movie was rated 16+. The plot was not realistic, but still it was fun to watch. Some scenes were so hilarious that I almost peed in my pants. Other scenes were serious like grieving the loss of a loved one. So, it's combination of funny and serious. Good watch!
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WKReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Wow, that's 2hrs of my life gone. Terrible plot, terrible acting, and what in the world was up w/ Jeff's hair?! Seriously, this was pretty horrible.
6 people found this helpful
hiddenReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not bad not great
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The one thing I really liked about this movie it wasn't a typical boy and girl meet they fight then get back together. It had some great points about food issues and feelings and how we deal with them.
However, it was over-the-top and could have been better instead of being so silly especially the wedding.
Anywho, 3.5 stars but I did round up.
Not sure how to advise cause I think it's a movie you like or dislike not much in between on this one.
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