No, romantic comedies aren't dead. And Netflix's newest rom-com, A Tourist's Guide to Love, is proof of that.
Produced and starring She's All That icon Rachael Leigh Cook (one of this generation's veritable and most beloved rom-com queens) with a screenplay from Eirene Donohue and direction by Steven K. Tsuchida, A Tourist's Guide to Love tells the story of a newly-single Los Angeles travel executive named Amanda (Cook) who takes a life-changing trip to Vietnam for work and to get her mind off of a tough, recent breakup — all while finding love and romance along the way in the form of her tour guide Sinh (Scott Ly).
The film is inclusive in many ways, with a lesbian couple and their family prominently featured throughout, as well as having a Southeast Asian actor (Ly) in the role of the romantic lead, something that a lot of rom-coms in the U.S. are still catching up on.
"To me, it doesn't feel that different," Cook told Out at the film's red-carpet premiere in LA about crafting A Tourist's Guide to Love for a whole new generation of diverse rom-com lovers. "To be making a movie in a beautiful place with a beautiful person."
Watch Out's red-carpet interview with Cook, alongside her co-stars Missi Pyle, Jacqueline Correa, and Nondumiso Tembe, in the video below.
A Tourist's Guide to Love is now streaming on Netflix.