Love

RV: Being recently divorced and set adrift in my early 30s, I wanted to really attach myself to these characters. Right from the opening minutes, I knew this show was going to depict the reality of relationships and not the bullshit that Hollywood likes to feed us on a nightly basis. The truth that we all know is that most relationships are just a shit storm of insecurities, mundane moments, and inconsistent moments of passion. I know that truth. I have lived that truth before. However, where Love’s depiction of that truth falls painfully short is chemistry. Gus and Mickey have no chemistry, and even the cheesy romcoms get that real love between two adults starts and ends with chemistry. Gus and Mickey’s relationship seems forced by circumstance but there never any glue presented that would make the audience understand why these two selfish people would ever venture from their prospective bubbles to sacrifice time and energy for the other.]Love implies devotion to another person, but here these characters aren’t even good friends to each other. And in the end, they only come together because they have nothing else to do, pulled together by the backlash of their own relationship shortcomings. This is not love. This is just two pathetic people standing side by side.

T: When I stumbled across the trailer for LOVE on Netflix I was immediately excited. A show that appeared to encapsulate the pitfalls and shortcomings of modern romance ushered in with an A-typical Judd Apatowian flavor – it seemed to be a perfect fit for me. Immediately I was taken by the character of Mickey, played by the absolutely underrated Gillian Jacobs. From her gnarly worn-out bathing suit make-shift top, to the way she parades her cigarettes – nearly everything screams a wayward, dismal spirit. What is mesmerizing about this character is the way the show is able to have you find her irritating and selfish, and yet, find yourself unabashedly attracted to her (lez be honest here, okay?). The Gus character is just as endearing, but arguably less so. I absolutely loves his malaise-laced diatribe against romantic comedies, but his charming scenes were less consistent – despite serving as the trope of the dorky, forever friend-zoned kind of guy. With that said, the show is able to capture some of the most unique aspects of dating – and living – in the 21st century: the painful hours, minutes, seconds between texts; the perpetual struggle between the desire to be famous (Instagram famous? I’m looking at you Kylie Jenner) versus the comforts of anonymity; having to adult when you don’t want to adult. With that said, it isn’t perfect, but maybe that’s the joke in itself – I mean, what relationship is?

2 Red Vines – A promising road that leads to a dead end.

3.5 Twizzlers: Watching this show was like drinking too much wine – leaves you with a little headache, but not too painful to keep from another pour.

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