Romantic Getaway review – Katherine Ryan and Romesh Ranganathan are brilliant in IVF heist caper
This romcom/thriller about a couple who steal from their work sees its two leads – and Johnny Vegas as their boss – form a killer trio. Expect daft fun
Ishould be honest and say that any storyline involving bitcoin tends to send me to sleep quicker than a hot toddy with a Nytol chaser. Not only is it hard to make cryptocurrency look good on screen, or look like anything at all in fact, but its value is fluctuating so fast in real life that any sense of its worth is hard to gauge. Luckily, Romantic Getaway (Sky Comedy) has the decency to acknowledge at least the first part of the problem. “Get it out, I want to see what 50 grand looks like,” says Allison (Katherine Ryan). “There you go,” says her husband, Deacon (Romesh Ranganathan), slapping a promotional USB stick on the car dashboard.
Ranganathan co-wrote Romantic Getaway with his longtime collaborator, Benjamin Green, and although it sounds like a title that came before a storyline, there is plenty of storyline on display. Allison and Deacon have been trying to have a baby, but after a miscarriage, they have been told that their hopes of conceiving are slim, even with medical intervention. Their last roll of the dice would be IVF treatment at a top-end clinic, with all the costs that private medical care would incur. It is unfair that such a life-changing service is only available to those who can afford it, and it galvanises the couple into making a rash decision.