Groundhog Day Romcom ‘The Map of Tiny Perfect Things’ is Average and Forgettable

Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer

Plot: Two teens live the same day repeatedly, enabling them to create the titular map.

Review: Just from having read the plot synopsis above, two words have probably jumped into your head—Groundhog Day. And you wouldn’t be wrong. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is basically the teenaged version of that movie. On the surface, it’s not a bad film. It’s well-acted, with leads Kyle Allen (All My Life and the upcoming remake of West Side Story) and Kathryn Newton, who was most recently in the horror version of Freaky Friday called Freaky. They play Mark and Margaret respectively, and both actors are likeable enough and charismatic enough to engage your attention. The issue stems from everything else as this movie is as average as they come.

Sure. Keep drinking your jumbo soda and eating your extra large cotton candies. You know what you’re gonna get?

You see the problem with using a well-worn movie trope is it’s well-worn! We’ve seen Groundhog Day done in some form or another many times, and unless you can put what looks and feels like a fresh spin on it, like Happy Death Day (which was okay) or Palm Springs (which was really good), your movie isn’t going to be memorable or entertaining.

To be fair, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things does acknowledge the films that inspired it (they even name check Time Bandits) but that doesn’t make it smart or original, it just makes it self-aware. This isn’t a bad movie folks; it’s just with so many other options out there for those who enjoy the “same day repeating” trope, that I would recommend two or three other films before I would choose this one.

Sommer’s Score: 5 out of 10

For my review of Palm Springs you can click here. Or for Featured Writer Alice’s review of Brazilian comedy Just Another Christmas, which is a mix of Groundhog Day and Click, you can click here.

2755F829-2EEC-4A68-B6F7-F963F48C9D92 Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.

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