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And so is Judd Apatow's LOVE


Nowadays, the video content world is no stranger to difficult, painfully real story lines of love and partnership. Love is one of those series that puts under a microscope the vulnerability of two people who end up in a relationship that has to build itself from the ground up. Season three premiered this year and it's slowly, but surely advancing things for Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust).

"I wanna do this right, I wanna be in a real, adult relationship".

Judd Apatow's Love has always been about the impossibility of love and happy endings and the last season is a good one for those of you who have watched the previous two season, as well. This final season will give closure on Bertie's (Claudia O'Doherty) story, the Australian having been pretty unlucky in love so far, forced to settle for Randy's bullshit.

"The show continues to make great use of a supporting cast that’s full of surprises, including an episode featuring Vanessa Bayer as a former girlfriend of Gus’ that reveals previously unknown levels of acting talent. (Bayer could easily use her work in “Love” to springboard a shift into more dramatic work. She’s absolutely heartbreaking here.) Meanwhile, Arya (played with dry realness by Iris Apatow) has really blossomed into a fascinating portrait of a teenage starlet, and as usual Claudia O’Doherty steals nearly every scene she’s in.

Rust and Jacobs still maintain the chemistry that makes their romance feel believable against the odds, though in Season 3 it becomes clear that the worst aspect of “Love” as a show is the character of Gus. It’s not that Gus is the worst character on the show, or even a particularly bad person. But he more often than not operates from a position of victimhood that makes him an absurd and unlikable figure in those moments. As it’s occasionally pointed out to him, he does not lack for privilege and opportunities, and every time he gets another chance or lucky break, it’s just a little maddening. [...] “Love” is essentially a show about that transition point, coming to terms with the realities of our relationships, and acknowledging some hard truths about them. But it may also represent that exact transition point in a general sense. “Love” was a show we started watching because it was on Netflix and it was about romance and featured a lot of fun actors. We spent our time with Gus and Mickey, got to know them, had our fun… and now, we’re good." (Indiewire)

" Love will not be an extravagant-proposal type of show—such grand romantic gestures are roundly, and memorably, mocked during one of the final season’s best episodes. For this couple, pyrotechnics are a sign that’s something’s going wrong, or on its way toward going wrong, a characteristic literalized when a romantic retreat in the season premiere suddenly gains two additional guests and a trunk full of fireworks. The final 12 episodes trace modest highs and credible lows in Mickey and Gus’ relationship, at a pace that, though shambling, gives Love the time to honor the characters and performers who made the shambling worth tolerating." (A.V Club)

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"Just when you’re ready to break up with Love, it starts to works its magic on you, thanks to the charms of its cast and a suite of directors (Dean Holland, Joe Swanberg, Lynn Shelton, Maggie Carey, John Slattery) who have a knack for shining a light on the darker, comedic corners of human intimacy. Each episode of Love almost feels like a mini–indie movie, and when one unfolds with an assured casualness, like the fifth episode, which follows Gus and Mickey on a day-long date, Love is a pleasure to watch. In that episode, directed by Shelton, it’s also completely clear why Gus and Mickey are together. There’s such palpable chemistry between Rust and Jacobs, it’s like you can see them charging up, percentage mark by percentage mark, the more they stay plugged into each other.

As was the case in season one, the supporting players are just as freakishly interesting, including Claudia O’Doherty as Mickey’s Australian roommate, Bertie, whose naïve sunniness gets increasingly overcast with self-doubt, and Brett Gelman, who manages to find new shades of smarminess as the blowhard host of a satellite-radio therapy show that Mickey produces. Comedy writing legend Paula Pell gets some great, laugh-out-loud moments this season as Mickey’s boss, who’s desperate to survive a media merger. And in a single-episode appearance as Mickey’s fair-weather father, Daniel Stern is outstanding as he shifts gears from the kind of dad who seems like “a real character” to a man with very nasty edges." (Vulture)

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