Judd Apatow’s latest project, Netflix’s Love, is a misfire. It is a romantic comedy series that is neither romantic nor very funny. Its one saving grace is that it does offer a commentary on how many things can affect a relationship.
That is perhaps its greatest strength, in portraying how things like a job, a failed past relationship, or friends can affect relationships. The problem is that it still isn’t fun to watch. The whole series reminds me of the last eighth of most Apatow movies, where the jokes have stopped and the plot is being wrapped up. That is to say, the jokes are few and far between and it is very character- and plot-heavy. Unfortunately, the characters and plot aren’t very good.
In terms of romance, it leaves much to be desired. I never understood the connection between the two leads, play by Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs. The character of the former is boring and the character of the latter is shallow and mean. It gets to the point where, when a romantic foil is introduced, you’re cheering for the foil. The connection between the two leads is never made clear and the reason for the audience to want them to get together is never explained. And that is saying something as it takes seven episodes for the two to get together. The story just seems to drag on with little to show for it. The one bright spot is that Rust’s character works on a television show, and I found it interesting to have a behind-the-scenes look at how television is made. Of course, if that is one of the bright spots then that doesn’t bode well for a show called ‘Love’.
The only new ground covered by the show is, as stated above, a look at how everything else in someone’s life can affect a relationship. But otherwise there is much to be desired. I wouldn’t have continued watching it if I hadn’t decided to review it.
This show is a hard ‘would not recommend.’ If you are in the mood for something that takes a good look at modern relationships then go watch Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master of None’ again.