Maya Jones (Nathalie Emmanuel) is running a political campaign in New York City while have an affair with her married candidate. She travels to London for the 30th birthday party of her rich college friend Ainsley Howard (Rebecca Rittenhouse). She loses her bag at the airport and unhappy investment banker Kash (Nikesh Patel) reluctantly helps her for his customer service father. Duffy (John Reynolds) and Craig (Brandon Mychal Smith) are her other college friends living in London. School teacher Duffy is a aspiring novelist, and holds a secret flame for Maya. Craig has outrageous girlfriend Zara (Sophia La Porta). Gemma (Zoe Boyle) is Ainsley's snobby friend from across the street. Maya is shocked when cute Kash turns out to be Ainsley's boyfriend. One year later, it's the wedding of Kash and Ainsley.
The show starts with Nathalie Emmanuel trying to do some screwball comedy. She doesn't have the cluelessness to pull it off. It makes her look dumb without being funny. It seems like Mindy Kaling is trying to write for herself and she doesn't have a lead to pull it off. The tone of show is off right from the start. A bit of shuffling in the cast could help. The role is a better fit for Rittenhouse who has more comedic ability. Emmanuel is way too cool to be a dork. Then there is the accent jumble going on in this show. I'd rather have everybody doing a British accent. Most people acclimatize to their surroundings anyways. Sure, Madonna is annoying with her British accent but it's reality. The switching back and forth is rather bumpy. The trans-Atlantic shuffle gets this show into an unstable space. Eventually, the characters do win me over. I watch this for them but the random attempts at screwball comedy rarely pay off. The movie is a rom-com classic. Mindy obviously loves the genre and tries to add her own sensibilities. This needs a 30 year old Mindy to take the lead.
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