Finding love is a topic that never gets old. We are hardwired to love and be loved. So what could be more interesting? Human dynamics, gender roles, vices and times change, and I'm excited entertainment is starting to capture that. This show certainly does.
The aptly titled Love is more than just dysfunctional boy meets girl, life circumstances ensue, millennialisms are caught on camera and true love flourishes. This is a complex (and hilarious) story of all the layers of love, including self love, that young people face. This show is relatable as hell. Both 30-somethings are dealing with the same life issues we all are.
I had a chance to read just a few reviews before watching this and already the same haters were citing that this was a story filled with damaged people searching for love. We're all damaged in our own ways and these characters are varied, flawed archetypes, so to speak. It's TV so everything is dramatized for entertainment, but I can't name one friend who hasn't struggled with an addiction to something (whether a substance or person) or been disenchanted with the idea of "love" that's been packaged and sold to us.
Like any TV show, I found the first episode a bit slow. Know that and stick with it. I am a huge fan of Gillian Jacobs since Community and her letter in Lenny. Prior to watching, she had some enticing thoughts on the premise of Love.
“I’ve definitely been at points in my life where I felt confused why things weren’t going my way,” she said in an interview featured on thegaurdian.com. “I eventually realized that I was the reason, and that’s what she’s [Mickey's] grappling with. She’s stuck: romantically, professionally, and she’s alienated from her friends. But she’s the reason she’s not getting what she wants in life. I can relate to that.”
Who amongst us hasn't had that same feeling of stagnation only to realize the common denominator is ourselves? Cue a profound realization from my late twenties: you can only control yourself and that is more than enough.
The show will especially resonate if you're single. Although even if you're perfectly happy and coupled, it's an amazing look back at all the stupid shit you did when you were trying to find love. In one scene, our hero Gus frantically explains that he can't help but text paragraphs to a girl he's interested in... his buddy responds with, "Nothing dries up a vagina more than a paragraph."
Who CAN'T relate to the idea of that? It's ridiculous, but this is a universal understanding among single people: don't act too interested and for the love of God never text an entire paragraph. Is the idea foolish? Of course. But doesn't that seed of truth make you laugh at how absurd this notion is and worse, that at one point in your life you followed the "rules".