“Wife-ah wife-ah paatha precahan thaan, wife-ah life-ah paaru. (Don’t look at your wife just as your wife, look at her as your life.)”, “Attraction aayiram per mela varalam.. Aana devotion oruthar kitta dhaan varum. (You are attracted to thousands, but you would get the affection of one.)”, “Vilundha azhadha endhiri. (If you fall, don’t cry, get up.) …if you’re chomping at the bit to read such antiquated lines, imagine sitting through 146 minutes of such horror in a movie with a rather sunny title, Coffee With Kadhal. While the film wants to be a cheerful, light-hearted rom-com, the actual vibe the film exudes is that of B-movies like Grand Masti. Now, I don’t have a problem with adult comedy unless it’s actually… an adult comedy. Here, director Sundar C’s film purports to be a rom-com, but the problem is it has neither romance nor comedy.
Ravi (Srikanth), Saravanan (Jiiva) and Kathir (Jai) are brothers with a sister played by Divyadarshini. Ravi is married to Radhika (Samyuktha) but he ends up cheating on her with Sara (Raiza). Kathir and Abhi (Amirtha) are childhood friends who have feelings for each other. But the guy wants to marry Diya (Malavika Sharma) as her father owns a piece of land that is his dream location for his sustainable restaurant. I know… wait! However, Kathir keeps getting his brother Saravanan to take his finances Diya around as he is busy fulfilling the wish list of his best friend Abhi. As you would expect, Saravanan and Diya fall in love. There is more…
However, the family ends up fixing Sara as Saravanan’s fiancee, which upsets Ravi. Please read on… Meanwhile, Abhi, realizing that her feelings for Kathir won’t go anywhere, decides to move on and gets engaged to a family friend… but later, Kathir starts to realize that he wants Abhi. So he starts sabotaging her relationship. We’re nearing the end… Meanwhile, wedding planners (Yogi Babu and Redin Kingsley) try to make the wedding work for their paycheck. See, Coffee With Kadhal is quite messy than it sounds.
A lot happens in this movie, but nothing matters. Engagements and weddings are canceled immediately. The film just removes all the conflicts it builds for itself. Nothing seems to be at stake here. It’s not a problem if a film doesn’t take itself seriously, but it needs to take the audience and their time seriously. You have to give it to Sundar C for stretching out such nonsense for 146 minutes. But the perplexing question, why would anyone make a long film when they have nothing to substantiate at the moment? And this lazy film gets some lazy music from Yuvan Shankar Raja who seems to have given up. I wish Sundar C had done the same. I prefer not to call a movie a cringefest because it’s easy and lazy. But the word fits this film. Why put so much effort into a film that doesn’t extend the same gesture?