Can You Keep a Secret (2019) Movie Review

Can You Keep a Secret? is a 2019 American independent romantic comedy film directed by Elise Duran and based on the novel of same name by Sophie Kinsella, with the screenplay was adapted by Peter Hutchings. The film stars Alexandra Daddario and Tyler Hoechlin. Story is about Thinking they’re about to crash, Emma spills her secrets to a stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger…Until she later meets Jack, her company’s young CEO, who now knows every humiliating detail about her. Based on the blockbuster NYT bestseller.

Can You Keep a Secret? was released in theaters and video on demand on September 13, 2019.


Emma Corrigan (Alexandra Daddario) is a New York junior marketing representative at Panda, an organic food products company, in Chicago for a sales meeting with a client which will earn her a promotion if she lands. However, the client declines, stating their target demographic is not interested in Panda products, and a last-ditch effort by Emma ends with the client getting sprayed with an energy drink. On the flight back to New York, a flight attendant takes pity on Emma and offers her a vacant first class seat, where she takes advantage of the complimentary champagne and is seated next to a handsome stranger. When the flight experiences heavy turbulence, Emma, inebriated, believes they’re about to die and begins revealing her personal and professional woes to him, most notably her dissatisfaction with her current boyfriend Connor (David Ebert). However, she ends up revealing too much to him even when they land safely and immediately flees the plane. She is greeted at the airport by Connor, who suggests they move in together. A drunken Emma agrees, but she quickly regrets it when she wakes up the next morning.

When Emma returns to work, she is berated by her manager Cybill (Laverne Cox) for failing to land the client before being asked to clean up her desk in preparation for the visit of Panda CEO Jack Harper (Tyler Hoechlin), who is returning to work after an extended hiatus following the death of his business partner Pete Laddler. When Jack arrives, Emma immediately recognizes him as the man from the plane, and he recognizes her as well. Emma goes to speak to Jack about revealing her secrets on the plane, and he agrees not to say anything or fire her, but he requests that Emma not reveal that he was in Chicago, to which she agrees. Jack, however, playfully teases Emma about various minor secrets.

During a marketing meeting to discuss the flailing performance of one of their product lines Panda Bites, Emma suggests that the target demographic for the product should not be Millenials, the company-wide target demographic, but the elderly, citing her grandfather and his friends. However, Connor, who works in market research, and other coworkers suggest that because the product isn’t selling with their target demographic, it should be axed. Emma later asks Nick, the marketing rep responsible for Panda Bites, for a portion of the marketing budget to test her theory in an elderly focused magazine.

When Jack tells Emma that he senses her dissatisfaction with Connor, she calls Connor to the archive room for spontaneous sex in an attempt to reinvigorate their relationship. When Connor refuses and suggests they don’t need to reinvigorate their relationship, Emma breaks up with him. Later, Jack calls in Emma to check in on her, as well as ask her out to dinner, to which she agrees. On their date, Jack admits that he has been romantically interested in Emma ever since she revealed her secrets to him and the two begin a passionate relationship. However, while Emma becomes more open with him, Jack remains secretive. Emma’s roommate and best friend Lissy (Sunita Mani) cautions her that their relationship may be too one-sided.

Jack goes on television to discuss rebranding strategies and new female health products for Panda with the office watching. When he describes the company’s new target demographic as the “girl on the street”, he is asked to go into greater detail. Jack then begins describing Emma, listing all of her secrets, and although he doesn’t name her, all her coworkers identify it as her and begin mocking her. Emma leaves humiliated, while Jack realizes too late what he’s done. Emma refuses to take Jack’s calls. When Jack finds her at a coffee shop, Emma demands to know why Jack has been going to Chicago. Jack is reluctant to tell her, citing trust issues, but Emma says it’s unfair that she’s been open with him while he remains secretive and leaves. Lissy and their other roommate Gemma (Kimiko Glenn) suggest Emma get even with Jack by revealing his secrets. When Emma tells them about Chicago, Gemma offers to ask a tabloid reporter friend for help, but Emma declines.

At a marketing meeting, Cybill mentions that the ad in the elderly magazine paid off as sales for Panda Bites have increased significantly. When she congratulates Nick, he takes full credit for its success without mentioning it was Emma’s idea. Emma then calls him out, citing her remarks at the previous meeting, and Cybill gives her the credit. Emma then requests the promotion she was promised when she would provide opportunity for the company, which she did, and Cybill agrees. In private, Cybill tells her that while she earned the promotion, she will have to work much harder to be taken seriously now that everyone knows she slept with her boss.

At a dance recital Lissy is performing in, Emma runs into Jack, who has come to reveal the reason for his trips to Chicago: Pete had a daughter, to whom Jack is the godparent, and Jack has been working to ensure that she stays out of the spotlight so she can have a normal life. He says that only a trusted handful of people know about her and Emma forgives him. However, Gemma arrives with her tabloid reporter friend Mick (Judah Friedlander) to get the scoop on Jack’s trips to Chicago. Emma tries to get them to leave, but she is too late as Jack sees them and leaves in anger. Emma tracks him down on a plane back to Chicago. She assures him she didn’t tell the reporter about his goddaughter and tearfully expresses gratitude that he loved her when she was her true self. When Emma is sent back to the coach cabin, Jack follows her and trades seats with the passenger next to her. He then begins to reveal all of his secrets to her.

My Personal thoughts

Director Elise Duran’s “Can You Keep A Secret?” makes it clear from the very first moments the animated opening credits play over the Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” that it’s going to be a sweet, if not satisfactory time spent in the golden-hour glow of this romantic comedy’s world. Based on Sophie Kinsella’s book, her first standalone novel after the success of her “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series, its candy-floss-lite sentiments and strong lead performances carry the picture beyond the genre’s limitations. That said, it lacks a sense of uniqueness to set it apart from other female-centric book-to-screen adaptations.

Emma Corrigan (Alexandra Daddario) isn’t living her best life. Not only is she stuck in a dead-end job as a marketing manager at a financially flailing organic edibles company, she feels trapped in a lackluster romance with doting but dorky boyfriend Connor (David Ebert). She’s also suffering from a case of low self-esteem. She’s in desperate need of a literal life shake-up, which arrives courtesy of some turbulence on a flight back to New York after a disastrous business trip to Chicago. Fearing a plane crash is imminent, Emma confesses all her anxieties and deepest, darkest secrets to the hunky startled stranger (Tyler Hoechlin) sitting next to her. However, by the time she’s finished spilling her guts, the plane has landed safely and all she’s left to suffer is a temporary case of discomfort as the two part ways. Or so she thinks.

Unbeknownst to either of them, their paths will cross again. That stranger on the plane was her company’s CEO, Jack Harper, in town to relaunch its thriving business model. Within minutes of his introduction to the office, he begins playfully ribbing Emma about her embarrassing secrets involving the white lies she tells her colleagues and the petty passive-aggressive acts toward her work nemesis. His mere presence subconsciously encourages her to begin taking the initiative with both her home and work life, coming up with innovative marketing strategies and breaking up with Connor. Of course, the spark of romance soon ignites between the two. But as Emma discloses more vulnerabilities, Jack continues to hold back on sharing his own neuroses.

Duran peppers the picture with a few kooky supporting characters, some more captivating than others. Emma’s work confidant Casey (Robert King) doesn’t get much to do, beyond awkwardly cringing while trapped in an elevator during a raunchy couple’s discussion. This scene would’ve been considerably more uproarious had he been a stranger subjected to these unwanted intimate details. Emma’s roommate, lawyer Lissy (Sunita Mani), is hiding a desire that Emma mistakes for a hot office romance. Her reveal isn’t terribly surprising, nor particularly funny, but it does give her agency, rather than Lissy relying on fulfillment from a man. Their other roommate, Gemma (Kimiko Glenn), is the far more interesting of the trio as her exhibitionist party girl is gifted most of the film’s funny lines. Her excuses to leave a scene are as hilarious and memorable as her outlandish wardrobe choices. Glenn embraces Gemma’s wacky wild side with off-the-wall verve and vigor.


“Can You Keep a Secret?” movie doesn’t elicit warm laughs so much as heavy sighs, even though the film has some zippiness—there’s a slapstick spirit to the movie that doesn’t shine because the jokes are plain, the couple is tough to root for, and the general tension behind this weird situation is on the lazier side of rom-com premises. Romance is hard, and comedy even more so, but “Can You Keep a Secret?” too openly tries to skip through both. It is Kinsella’s best seller Confessions of a Shopaholic was made into a major motion picture in 2009 starring Isla Fisher. Another Kinsella novel, The Undomestic Goddess, is currently in development and is slated to appear in theaters in 2011. Paramount Pictures has secured the rights to Can You Keep a Secret? and actress Kate Hudson is rumored to star in the film. I will rate this movie 6/10. And for time pass you can watch this movie or somebody likes love story so much they can watch it.

Directed byElise Duran
Produced byClaude Dal FarraBrice Dal FarraBrian Keady
Screenplay byPeter Hutchings
Based onCan You Keep a Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella
StarringAlexandra DaddarioTyler HoechlinSunita ManiDavid EbertKimiko GlennLaverne CoxRobert KingJudah Friedlander
Music byJeff Cardoni
CinematographyAutumn Eakin
Edited byNathaniel KrauseJason Nicholson
BCDF PicturesEmbankment Films120dB FilmsBig Indie Films
Distributed byVertical Entertainment
Release date September 13, 2019
Running time95 minutes
CountryUnited States

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