By Julia Milet
Why does your crush never text back? Does he forget? Does he even care about you? Find the answers in Judd Apatow’s anti-rom com series, Love, where season 2 is coming up in March the 10th on Netflix.
Most of us can relate to the synopsis of the show: Mickey and Gus don’t know each other, until, both of them break up with their respective partners, and find themselves at the same place, at the same time, dealing with the same issue: the magnificent struggle of finding true love.
Judd Apatow (This is 40, Freaks & Geeks), puts aside all the clichés you can find in a romantic show in order to present a realistic view about the function of love during the twenty-first century. As we still expect it to follow Hollywood’s codes concerning typical romantic-comedies, we are actually surprised by the simplicity and honesty of the show.
The situations presented are the ones most of us have faced at least once in our love-life and it is pleasant to see for once, on a screen, a series that truly relates to what we are going through (even though we do not necessarily relate to EVERY situation that are faced by Mickey and Gus).
What is also frightening but scarcely true, is how smartphones, today, are at the centre of relationships. Mickey and Gus checks at least 30 times their phones, send 50 texts, and make a call at least five times per episode.
Of course, they are not the first telling us how smartphones re-shaped the interaction between two individuals, but the series push its audience to face what love have become via its two characters and in a way, explains how it is important to take into account the role of technology in a relationship.
That being said, we can’t say Love is an ‘anti’-rom-com. What if Love is a new genre of romantic comedy show? Mickey & Gus remains lovely characters which are attracted towards one another, in an odd way, maybe, but still. Their love story is at centre of the plot.
Gus is a total loser and Mickey is the hot girl next door. But it feels like Americans are tired of the ideal portray of the American Dream. It is time to break the stereotypes of the typical Hollywood couple and lower your expectations. No need to label the genre of ‘LOVE’, it is just awesome.
Love by Judd Apatow – March 10th 2017 on Netflix