- Cast: Iris Apatow, Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O’Doherty
- Executive Producer: Judd Apatow
Netflix has been killing it recently. But I think that we all knew that if you’ve watched Master of None, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, or Jessica Jones. My roommate and I watched this entire show in one sitting. We definitely didn’t plan on it but it was fun and entertaining that we did it anyway.
The main characters in this show are portrayed by Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. I’ve seen Jacobs before on Community (it’s been a while). I haven’t heard of Rust before. I will say that both played great characters that were interesting to follow along with. Jacobs plays an alcoholic, smoker, tough girl who is just trying to keep going in LA. Rust is a tutor for the kid actors on a TV show called Wichita. The story is look into the not-so-great areas of Hollywood. People outside of the area seem to romanticize it and this show is here to destroy those assumptions and expectations.
There’s aspects where Judd Apatow touched certain parts; most of the story is driven through the very well developed characters. Each action is carefully planned out through a series of interesting events that showcases of the characters flaws. Love has a special charm to it. You desperately want the best for all of the characters, but it just doesn’t happen they way you would like it too. It’s strikingly similar to real life.
I was a little nervous when I saw the child actor for the first time. I just realized that it’s Judd Apatow’s daughter. She does a great job. Iris actually feels like a real kid actor who is separated from people her age. She is into all of the trends that kids like. These include Vine and Instagram most notably. Her meltdown was pretty fantastic. I never thought of the struggles of being a kid actor. I thought that she gave a great performance for the role that she was given.
I don’t know my accents and I won’t try to pretend like I do. I have no idea how good or bad the accent from O’Doherty is. She play Jacobs’ Australian roommate. I thought her performance was a little rigid at times. O’Doherty is supposed to play a mediator in focus groups. She never stops being that character which is a little confusing because all of the other main characters have so much going on and are so multi-dimensional that the one-dimensional character unfortunately sticks out like a sore thumb. Her character definitely was cliche and she didn’t give a bad performance, but it almost didn’t feel connected to the show. It was a little disheartening to watch.
I would describe Rust as being the main character. He is originally shown to us as being the guy who is too nice. At first, I didn’t like him because I’ve seen “too nice” so many times before that it’s honestly getting old so fast. But he’s not just too nice. Jacobs’ character says that he’s fake nice and that’s even worse. That’s where his character takes an immediate left turn. He becomes a normal person trying to make in a very difficult industry and the industry has made him into this “fake nice” person. He was originally from South Dakota and he keeps reaching back to his roots to try to get that back, but he never does. I was enthralled with his performance and was getting closer to the edge of my seat as his world unraveled. Rust knocked it out of the park.
My favorite performance of the show was definitely Jacobs. From the very beginning I liked her. She’s unapologetic and not pretentious in an area that she would have every right to be. Jacobs works at a radio station and things go down. She does some things that she doesn’t want to do but knows what she has to do. It’s definitely a look into the female perspective of Hollywood. I was always intrigued with each action that she did because her character is like a puzzle that has no edges. Each time I thought that she would do something similar like she had previously in the show; the show adds a new dimension to her and she becomes that much more awesome. Jacobs and Rust also have natural chemistry that I was a fan of.
Overall, this show is unapologetic in some parts and hilarious in others. It’s a look into Hollywood, the parts you never want to see (the hard work) and opens your eyes to new things. I don’t regret watching the entire show in one sitting. I would recommend it to just about anyone who doesn’t mind normal rated R material.