What’s the craziest thing you’ve done for LOVE? Once upon a time I threw caution to the wind and traveled to the other side of the world. On another occasion, I learnt to do a push-up burpee. Then there was the time, I introduced a ‘unicorn’ to four generations of my family. Some may call me UNHINGED, but I say YOLO! And to quote Lewis Caroll : ‘IN THE END… We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” So yup, I’m no stranger to crazy in love. And although it’s been about for a while, I only just discovered Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which has become my most recent Netflix obsession.
Crazy Ex Girlfriend is a musical-comedy series which follows the story of Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom). A 20-something chick (part over-achieving lawyer/ part airy fairy girl who lives in a musical world) who is willing to go the extra mile (well, actually however many miles it is between New York and West Covina, California) to be with the man she loves (even though he doesn’t quite love her back in the same way!).
So, let me start from the beginning. Rebecca and Josh first met as teenagers at summer camp. Although, viewers are not privy to the minutiae of their relationship, we can gather (well, at least from Rebecca’s side of the story) that it was everything you could wish for from an epic summer romance. But as with all things seasonal, it had to come to an end as the pair of young lovers part ways at the end of the summer and head back to their respective homes. As they grow up, they naturally grow apart. Josh gets back together with his slightly air-headed, but pretty girlfriend, Valencia and Rebecca, well it seems that though she throws herself into her studies/job, she never fully gets over her bit of summer lovin’.
Fast forward a decade or so, Rebecca has made it in life. Harvard law degree, fancy pants apartment in Manhattan and she is just about to become partner at a prestigious law firm in New York. But something is missing. And after a chance meeting with her former childhood sweetheart, Josh, our protagonist has a light bulb moment. Shock! Horror! Romantic love is what’s missing from her otherwise great life. And just like that, she packs it all in, turns down the promotion she has been waiting for and heads off to West Covina, California (where Josh just happens to live).
Sound crazy? Well, we are just getting started. What ensues is basically a laugh a minute comedy of errors as Rebecca relocates in the name of love. Naturally, Rebecca doesn’t struggle to get a job and she makes a new work bestie, Paula, whose extraordinary stalking skills certainly have an impact in egging on Rebecca’s antics. She dates one of Josh’s alcoholic best mates. She is embraced by his family. And weirdly, even takes up yoga to get in with Valencia (keep your friends close, but your enemies closer, I suppose). Add to that a whole host of sub-plots and you’ve got yourself some great entertainment.
Overall, I’d say that Crazy Ex Girlfriend has all the elements of a great rom-com. The musical element of it is also pretty cool. But I think part of the shows appeal (and probably why it won a whole bunch awards including Emmy’s, Golden Globes, etc) is that once your scratch the funny-haha surface of the whole thing, there is just this chick who is a bit lost and lonely, just looking for signs from the universe that’ll help her sort out her life. I suppose we’ve all probably been there at some point in our lives. But thankfully, as is the way with all things musical (yes, I know there are people out there that think musicals are the devil’s work) the series never allows you to fall into the abyss of self-pity because just as things start to get to bleak, they tend to burst into song which serves to liven things up.
In all fairness, it’s nothing monumental but considering the some of the trash TV around at the moment, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is at least a lot of fun. It also has a degree of substance to it which allows viewers to identify with the characters on some level. I’d recommend it to anyone who is a fan of rom-coms and musicals. It’s a slightly more grown up version of Glee. And if you’ve seen Book of Mormon, you’ll love the un-PC nature of the songs. Do yourself a favour and watch it, if you haven’t already. In any case, I’ll be taking comfort in the fact that there is someone in the world that is possibly crazier than me when it comes to matters of the heart as I binge-watch the other 4 seasons.
Rinsers, Have you watch Crazy-Ex Girlfriend? Did you like the series or did you think it was cheesy? And what is the craziest thing you’ve done for love? Did you bold move work in your favour? Or do you just cringe when you look back? Share your stories in the comments below.