Friday 17 November 2017

Love a four-letter word on Netflix

Love - as rude and foul-mouthed as you would expect.
Love - as rude and foul-mouthed as you would expect.

John Boland

Co-created and co-written by Judd Apatow, the new Netflix comedy series Love is as rude and foul-mouthed as you'd expect from the guy who dreamt up The Forty Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up and who was a producer on Lena Dunham's Girls.

The main progagonists here are Mickey (Gillian Jacobs), who we first encounter in the opening scene when she tells her soon-to-be-dumped boyfriend "I''ll f..k you but then you'll have to go"; and Gus (Paul Rust), who in his own words is "a repressed, hostile nerd".

When they finally get together, towards the end of the first episode, it's not exactly a 'meet cute', not least because the volatile Mickey is so screwed up that she'd alienate Mahatma Gandhi.

However, she's winningly played by Gillian Jacobs, and US critics who've seen a few episodes of this 10-parter say that she gets more complex and interesting as the story progresses. Certainly, the opening episode, which was full of bracingly barbed exchanges, suggests a series worth at least a second look.

Meanwhile, in the second instalment of The People v OJ Simpson (BBC2), the accused's friend Robert Kardashian asked "Jesus, who signs a suicide note with a smiley face?" We were also privileged to meet the then unknown Kardashian kids, thrilled at the sight of their father on the TV news.

Not a lot else happened as OJ tried to elude his pursuers on a very slow Bronco ride along LA freeways, but for a chase whose outcome we all knew it was oddly compelling, which is a tribute to the filmmakers. Cuba Gooding Jnr, though, remained miscast in the main role.

Not a lot happened, either, in the second episode of Better Call Saul (Netflix), yet every moment remained a delight.

The delightful Kim got a worrying hint of Jimmy's shady leanings, and enforcer Mike called him to ask "are you still morally flexible? If so, I might have a job for you".

Yes, he's a worry, but that's part of what makes the show unmissable. Only three days to go before the next episode of this new series. Yes, it's that good.

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