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Cheers to Maya Erskine, flawless life of the "Plus One" party

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15.06.2019

Let’s all toast Maya Erskine, who gives a knockout comic performance in “Plus One,” writer/director Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer’s charming and funny wedding-themed romantic comedy. Erskine’s Alice is an unfiltered twenty-something who puts up a tough exterior that’s all defense; she is licking her wounds after a breakup. She is infectious when she’s drunk and dancing alone at a reception or when marveling at the softness of a child’s arm. She is smart — and smart-alecky — doling out sage advice on what (not) to say in a Best Man speech. And while Alice is amusing when mocking other people’s wedding photos, she is not against being mischievous while posing for one.

Erskine is a terrific physical comedian. She gives a nice payoff to a sight gag involving Alice falling sleep against a car window. She delivers wicked one-liners with deadpan aplomb and does witty impressions. Alice may have her flaws — she thinks it is freeing to pee in the shower — but Erskine is flawless. She can rock a leather jacket and a bridesmaid dress. The actress is so damn irresistible viewers may want to marry her.

“Plus One” is quite enticing, too. The film is like the civil union of “When Harry Met Sally” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (minus the funeral). It presents the friendship between Ben (Jack Quaid) and Alice, besties who make a........

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