With Celine Dion playing Cupid, chancellor, head of the Serenader and producer in this film, does love have a choice but to appear in song and opera, tagging everything from cheeseburgers to cheese lines?

But if this rom-and-only-some-com has anything going for it in the rom-coms department, it’s clearly a Dionne vehicle, premiering its first movie, as it is.

For us citizens, it is also an opportunity to appreciate how seamless it is Priyanka Chopra Jonas He slips into the role, doing a fair job — not trying too hard, at something that shouldn’t be tried too hard anyway.

Jonas is Mira Rae, an award-winning painter who sees the love of her life die before her eyes, run over by a drunk driver. That can be hard on anyone, made even harder by the director’s decision to keep the camera stuck on Jonas’ surprisingly unemotional face.

Two years later, Myra is still cringing, but it’s also easy to cheer her up. Much of this heavy lifting of lifting Myra’s spirits is done by her sister Susie (Barclay), and Barclay is much loved even as second fiddle.

The premise of the film is that Myra decides to pour her heart out to John’s cellphone number, and ends up contacting the newspaper’s music critic, Rob (Heughan), who has supposedly got John’s number by now.

One thing leads to another, and then to Dion as Rob is given the task of doing a profile for the Canadian singer, who is on her first US tour in a decade.

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Dion isn’t as apologetic about the love advice she gives in the movie as she is in her explicit love songs. And because she sports about it, owning her legacy while poking fun at it, she makes an unlikely introduction. He talks about her love and loss in the process.

Nick Jonas also stars in a chuckle as Myra’s silly, gym-obsessed date.

It’s the couple at heart then who remain loyal, serious, and adorable enough for us to care either way.

“Love makes you do crazy things” is one of the advice the film gives, usually accompanied by maudlin music.

Majnun, Mira and Rob are not.

Love Again movie director: Jim Stross
Love Again cast: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan, Celine Dion, Sophia Barkley
Love Again movie rating: 2 stars


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