Judd Apatow makes an unromantic love story
This is a quirky love story set in an LA love landscape that looks bleak and cynical. It's not palm trees and blue skies. Instead, "Love"'s LA is all white washed-out skies, wide boulevards baking in the sun, intersections dotted with minimarts and gas stations.
Netflix says, "LOVE follows Gus and Mickey as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of #intimacy, #commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid. Having recently ended their respective #dysfunctional relationships, Gus and Mickey meet each other by chance at a convenience store and forge a connection in the mending of their #brokenhearts and #egos."
What the official description of the show leaves out is that these characters have no moral center. There's a reason their #relationships have been dysfunctional. They don't care about other people! There may be more painful, awkward scenes in this series than average. That was my experience. It's a squirmy watch.
The hero is a self conscious guy with a schnozz to end all schnozzes. Only an actor could get work with a nose like this.
Plus, Gus may have a huge nose and be technically homely, which is Central Casting for Nice Guy, but that doesn't make him a good guy.
This strikes me as authentic. I've known guys like Gus. He's obsessed with how being perceived as a nice guy makes him lose, but he's not even that nice. He works in the film business where he's ignored and he's always trying to get over.
The woman character Mickey is cool, and damaged, and trying to recover from sex and drug excesses of the past. Can she connect for long enough to improve herself?