IANS Review: ‘Friendzone’: A frothy feel-good romance (IANS Rating: **1/2)


By Troy Ribeiro
Film: ‘Friendzone’ (Streaming on Netflix); Duration: 88 minutes; Director: Charles Van Tieghem; Cast: Mickael Lumiere, Manon Azem, Fadily Camara, Eva Danino, Constance Amoult, Eloise Valli, Bruno Sanches and Maxime Gasteuil. IANS Rating: **1/2

When hearts flutter and lips don’t mutter “I love you” at the right time, the relationship slips into a vague zone called ‘Friendzone’. It is a situation in which two people are friends, but one of them them has an unreciprocated romantic or sexual interest in the other.

Director Charles Van Tieghem’s ‘Friendzone’ contains all the tropes of a romantic comedy — meet-cutes, montages, banter, a weird preponderance of sex scenes that always indicate a dark turn at the end of the second act, and at last, the realisation.

The narrative begins on a clumsy note with Thibault Galland (Mickael Lumiere) aka Titi, a male nurse working in the paediatrics department, is at a resort attending a bachelorette party. During a late evening swim, he plunges into the water stark naked, and by happenstance, he bumps into Rose, a designer for children’s wear, who is at the resort for some trade show.

Over a conversation, we learn that she is nursing a broken heart and Titi too is a single guy. They meet often but sparks of romance don’t fly.

Titi’s friends Alexandre, Maud, and Lulu learn their friend has some insecurities when it comes to romantic relationships. They tell him, “Girls these days, we make our own money, we drive, we vote. We don’t want to waste time. We want guys who are sensual, like Pharrell Williams or Justin Timberlake.” So, they take it upon themselves to groom and coach Titi to become the man a girl would chase.

Titi lies to Rose, saying that he has to travel to Siberia for a month and endures the training for a make-over. When he returns, to his disappointment, he learns that Rose is back with her ex, and so, to make her jealous, he hooks up with Jennifer, the hottest babe in town. And things do not work the way he had envisaged, but he still cares for Rose and feels that Rose’s boyfriend is not perfect for her. How the hopeful romantic Titi convinces Rose that he is not a best friend but boyfriend material, forms the crux of the narrative.

Mickael Lumiere does a brilliant job of portraying Titi, a sensitive young man who is emotionally low-keyed. He shares lovely on-screen chemistry with Rose, but their performances are far from compelling. Also, the supporting casts are stereotypes and mundane.

While there is a fair amount of wit and humour in the script, the narrative, is loose and the dubbing is careless that you don’t feel for the characters.

Overall, ‘Friendzone’ is a frothy, feel-good, romance that does not need much thinking.

(Troy Ribeiro can be contacted at troy.r@ians.in)

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal


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