My wife picked A Tourist’s Guide to Love not long ago while she was browsing Netflix. I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to like the movie or not. But it’s actually surprisingly enjoyable, even for a guy.
The main character is Amanda Riley, a woman who works for a tourist company. In her personal life, she thinks that her boyfriend John is going to propose to her. But instead, he tells her that he is moving to Ohio and she’s not coming along.
In her depression, her boss Mona gives her a decent idea for a job project to take her mind off the breakup. As her company wants a foothold in the tourist market in Vietnam, and she essentially gets sent to the Southeast Asian country to be a corporate spy.
She soon runs into Sinh Thach, a Vietnamese man who spent a lot of time in America and speaks perfect English. He’s the main tour guide for his uncle’s business. He absolutely loves what he does and he’s very efficient at his job.
Amanda starts treating it like a free vacation. With the whole trip being a pretty good way of forgetting about John.
Amanda soon starts to have feelings for Sinh Thach. But unfortunately, she’s conflicted because what her company wants will not be what he wants. Does she benefit her boss or follow her heart?
To be honest, the story alone is very predictable and a little cheesy. And while none of the actors are AAA, they are definitely very likable and so are their characters. What this movie does well is to make Vietnam look like a wonderful destination to visit. I wouldn’t have that idea because when we think of communist Asian nations, we think of poverty and under-development. I’ve never been a big fan of Vietnam or Vietnamese history personally but this movie even makes me want to take a trip but I don’t have the money for it, LOL.