A straightforward comedy through and through, this is PTA's most heartwarming film. It's a jubilant slice of life that doesn't attempt to push the envelope. While its ambition is somewhat tempered in comparison with the rest of his filmography, the constant stream of laugh-out-loud sequences paired with the film's unhurried narrative and warm melancholy provide an appealing change of pace within his body of work.
Sidenote, but who is Harriet Samson Smith and why is PTA the only one tapping her talent? She is a scene-stealer in Phantom Thread, and she's even more riotously funny in her tiny role in Licorice Pizza.