WATCH: Trailer for Netflix comedy 'Easy' with Orlando Bloom, Dave Franco and Emily Ratajkowski
Joe Swanberg is only 35 but he's already put out 18 different feature films (including the minor hit Drinking Buddies in 2013). On Thursday his binge of work meets the binge-watching of Netflix as his series Easy debuts.
It deals with a group of adults, in eight loosely connected stories, who are trying to negotiate their way through the tribulations of grown-up life, while still enjoying some of the freedom they had in their early 20s.
Swanberg's reputation has this time around enabled him to land talent like Orlando Bloom and Hannibal Buress in the lead roles. Their characters try to live out Samuel Beckett's line about failing better.
"Most of the characters love each other", Swanberg told Chicago magazine last week. "Despite their failings, they're in relationships with people who love them and are hoping for their success."
The series is more broadly about the divide between "who we say we are and who we really are," he added. The 'Easy' of the title could refer to the unfortunate promiscuity of young adulthood but Swanberg also hopes it might be an easy watch. And from the little we saw, he might be onto something.