The Incredible Jessica James
Written and directed by James C. Strouse, The Incredible Jessica James centers on the fiercely independent titular character (Jessica Williams) trying to get over a recent break-up. Jessica’s best friend Tasha (Noël Wells) sets her up on a blind date with Boone (Chris O’Dowd), who happens to be recovering from a recent divorce. The two hit it off unintentionally, and together, they figure out a way to make it in a “post-relationship” world.
While the movie has familiar rom-com beats, Williams’ big and unapologetically non-demure performance make the plot feel innovative and fresh. Aside from delivering hilarious laughs, the film also offers a poignant sense of open-endedness that rings true to life.