Let’s discuss those fantasy suites of The Bachelorette

This week of The Bachelorette was one of the most memorable fantasy suites I’ve ever seen on my television screen. It was very sex positive. It was explosive, and all of the dates were iconic in their own way. They went to Greece, which looked absolutely breathtaking, but let’s be real. We were all looking closely for that windmill (aka. the fence jump of the season). Let’s break the episode down by each person because it was intense.

Peter: Spoiler alert: Pilot Pete was the windmill bandit! He and Hannah got steamy when they were making out on a boat in the ocean, and Peter dropped the L bomb at dinner. All we’ve heard for the past few weeks is how Hannah had sex in a windmill, and low and behold, by the middle of their date, I sat up in my seat as they entered a stone windmill for their fantasy suite. I was a bit surprised at first actually, assuming it was maybe Tyler or Jed. But nope. They have great chemistry overall, but I just don’t think he’s her final pick. But also, way to go, Pilot Pete! You’ll forever have that street cred thanks to Hannah’s confession.

Tyler: I’ve been obsessed with Tyler ever since he comforted Hannah on their first one-on-one date. They go to get massages, and man it was so steamy, I actually felt a little uncomfortable witnessing such an intimate moment between them. They go to dinner where Hannah tells Tyler that they have such a strong physical connection, that she really needs to know if they have that emotional connection too. To me, it almost seemed like the opposite with Peter, which is why Hannah did a 180 with him. And holy crap, Tyler was so iconic and understanding, I actually transcribed what this man proceeded to say to her.

Tonight, fantasy suites, it has a connotation of sex. For me, it’s way more than that. I just want to be with you, spend that time with you. You have to really love and respect each other’s boundaries. I would never press you or pressure you at all. I want you to be 100 percent comfortable and confident in whatever we do together. I look at the man I am today; it’s not the same kid I was nine weeks ago. You got me to open up so much, and I don’t want this to end. I don’t want to stop looking in your eyes. I don’t want to stop seeing that smile. I don’t want to stop hearing your laugh, seeing those dimples. I can stand here today and tell you I do love you. I am so falling for you. You mean the world to me. I would love to spend some time with you and just be us.”

Yeah, I know I’m crazy for writing that down, but I mean he had no idea she would say something like and yet, he had this Disney prince speech ready to go. There’s something about watching The Bachelorette that makes me feel very empowered as a single woman, and this was one of those moments when I’m like “Nah, I’m not going to settle for anything less than this.” Really puts things in perspective for anyone dealing with dating bullsh*t.

As much as I’d like to continue gushing about Tyler, I will say Hannah seemed conflicted when he left. I wasn’t sure if it was painful because she knew he’s not the one or if she thought that at first and is now feeling unsure after talking all night. That’s what I got from her, but it was hard to really tell.

Jed: Did anyone feel like Jed was such a negative Nancy when he first saw Hannah? I mean, dude, you’re in Greece. We know you don’t understand the Luke thing. And she was clearly uncomfortable talking about it too. I mean what is she supposed to say? Yeah, Luke is the best kisser? That being said, I do feel like Jed and Hannah have both the physical and emotional connection more than Peter and Tyler. He’s such a frontrunner; it’s making me nervous! For those who don’t know, Jed had a girlfriend during his entire time on the show. And it’s made my viewing experience a whole lot different. With Jed bashing Luke, it just seems so shady now. I do feel like he is falling for Hannah, but it sucks because that means he treated another woman with total disregard.

Luke: Oh lord. Literally. Where do we start with Luke? Luke did his classic gaslighting tactic with Hannah, but this time, he also slut shamed her in the process. And here’s the thing. It’s OK to be uncomfortable with her sleeping with all these other guys when there’s an engagement on the line. I know I’d be an insecure mess myself as well if I were on the show. However, it is absolutely awful to say what she did was a “mistake”. I felt like he was trying to control her saying he’d leave if she slept with the other three men. Well, Luke, you’re the last date buddy, so it’s too late. Once he realises this, he changes his opinion and says they can work through it. And cue the backtracking. But he even claims that the “worst case” would be if she slept with all of them. It’s so clear where his values lie, and once Hannah sees it, queen feminist Hannah comes out and gives him a piece of her mind. I was HERE FOR IT.

After Kaitlyn’s season of slut-shaming years ago, I was so sad that our society looked down upon a sex positive woman. I know Hannah is probably still receiving awful comments and death threats, but I feel like our society isn’t nearly as taboo with these topics. I mean all the men on her season are defending her on Twitter, along with most of Bachelor nation. I’m so proud of Hannah. She truly is a queen this season. I knew I saw something in her on Colton’s season, but she proves it here with such class.

Between Tyler respecting Hannah’s wishes, Peter’s iconic windmill moment and Hannah sending Luke home, this was a wild ride of an episode. I cannot wait until the finale episode. I’m still firm in that she has the most stable connection with Jed, but if that’s true, the finale will be interesting if she does choose Jed. Time will only tell.

5 Things to Know About This Season of The Bachelorette

Hannah B is a feminist icon: We all had our doubts about Hannah Beast becoming the bachelorette when she flubbed on the After the Final Rose special, but Hannah has more than made up for it with her candidness and zero tolerance for bullsh*t with her suitors. In fact, I can’t remember a time when someone has called out the contestants for acting like first graders more than Hannah has. But it’s more than being a badass alpha.

She has no problem expressing her attraction for the men this season. It’s almost like when you sit down with your friends over drinks to dish about your love lives. That’s why I adore this woman. I knew it the moment Colton sent her home and she was like nah, this is crap! The previews reveal that it’s only going to escalate as it appears Luke will be slut shaming her and she WILL NOT be having it. I love how open Hannah is, and I can’t wait for her to put Luke in his place.

No one seems to be there for the “right reasons”: So Scott turned out to be a clown on night one when it was revealed he had a girl back home waiting for him. And then Tyler G. went home for unknown reasons. And then there was Cam, who I truly felt was simply misunderstood but was ultimately sent home packing when Hannah found his stories to be manipulative.

But then, we have Jed. He’s clearly a frontrunner, but it turns out that he had a girlfriend the entire time! A girlfriend who was waiting for his return. A girlfriend who he ended up ghosting. And a girlfriend who he had promised that the show was all a publicity stunt. Jed has a really good chance of actually being engaged to Hannah, and if he is, I don’t see how someone as strong-willed as Hannah is going to let that slide. Either way, it’s hard to watch the show now knowing his intentions.

But Tyler C and Peter are perfect: There are two guys who have stolen my heart this season (besides the obvious John Paul Jones.) Tyler C and Peter are so unproblematic, and it’s actually concerning that they’re two of the only descent guys left. Tyler is not only gorgeous, but he was super caring and sweet to Hannah on their one on one date. He’s super cheesy in a lot of his interactions but darn it, it’s hard not to swoon. He’s kind of like the sweet jock who writes poetry and volunteers in his free time. Also, follow him on Instagram for inspiration as he runs charity events on the regular!

Then there’s Peter the pilot, who is Ben Higgins 2.0. He’s endearing in his little awkward make outs with Hannah, but’s it’s so charming to watch on screen as he tries hoisting her up on a pool table only to hit his head on a lamp. Oh Pete. But besides that, he doesn’t cause any drama and seems to be friends with everyone in the house. If Hannah is not engaged to Peter, he’d be a great bachelor.

Luke is that toxic guy we can’t get rid of: Luke is the most polarizing person this season hands down. He’s clearly got some more close-minded views on what he expects in his wife, using words like “pure” and referring to Hannah’s body as a temple. That’s an issue just waiting to unfold. However, it’s more just him bringing up other people’s names that has him in hot water. He’s clearly lacking the emotional maturity, and that’s been clear from episode 3. What’s more interesting is that Luke represents every guy a girl has trouble letting go of because she feels an undeniable connection. We’ve all been there. Putting up with absolute nonsense for no reason other than the fact that you can’t let go of the hope or idea of someone. We see Hannah struggle with this all season, and she’s very self-aware that Luke has special treatment.

Who will likely be on paradise? There’s so many potential guys coming down to paradise. I’m actually thinking Mike and Connor, who both got sent packing last episode, will probably be contenders, along with John Paul Jones, Dylan and maybe even Garrett as well. I’m sure tons of Colton’s girls will also be featured like Hannah G, Tayhsia, Heather and Caelynn as well. I’m excited to see all the pairings unfold.

This season certainly has been original with lots of interesting personalities. I cannot wait to see how this wild ride ends. Part of me is scared that she ends up with Jed, but then part of me is hopeful that she chooses Tyler or Peter. Stay tuned! I’ll definitely share my thoughts once this season wraps for good!

Netflix Review: The Society

Netflix’s new teen drama is a 10-episode series from Chris Keyser that follows a group of privileged teenagers who embark on a school field trip, only to return to their New England town with all of their parents missing. This “Lord of the Flies” meets “The 100” series combines mystery and teen angst to bring a surprisingly complex story that deals with parallel universes and conspiracies. So if you’re the type of person who says “that’s not humanly possible” whilst watching fantasy shows, you’re likely to roll your eyes at the concept. However, I’m all for conspiracy theories and the darkness that comes with parallel universes, so I was on the edge of my seat the entire ride through. Here are some of my thoughts after watching.

Spoiler’s Ahead:

When I was 12, I remember there was this American show called “Kid Nation”. The premise was basically the same with teens running a society on their own with a designated “mayor” and “working class” roles distributed among the town. What I learned from the show is that there’s a lot of teens willing to step up to be a leader, and there’s a lot of teens who will shell up and hide.  I really liked seeing how characters reacted to the absence of their parents. It was obvious that all hell would break loose.

There’s a lot of political undertones in the series as characters debate whether a democracy is the best way to run their town. Additionally, other issues such as physical abuse, mental illness, and the death penalty are brought up for teens to face head on. Even the state of women’s rights are brought up as 16-year-old pregnant Becca utters the words “I didn’t even get to choose to be a mother.” The intensity of the show surprised me in that retrospect.

Kathryn Newton’s character, Allie, is the presumed main character who has one of my favorite story arcs as she goes from the rebellious little sister to the fearless heroin. Her performance was one of the most nuanced, as her sister’s death fuels her to become the leader of the town.

In fact, for a teen drama, the acting overall was fantastic. Other standouts include Alex Fitzalan, who plays the spoiled “sort of” villain. What I liked about his character is that he could’ve been the straight up psychopath like Campbell, but instead, he dives into an unexpected depression. Additionally, Jack Mulhern plays my favorite character from the series, Grizz, who’s the kind-hearted expedition leader and a closeted teen who starts a romance with Sam. It’s sweet and probably my favorite romance among the teen angst, although I’m weirdly hoping Allie and Harry work things out as well.

There’s so many other likable characters such as Kelly, Gordie, Helena and Will, but I like that a lot of them encompass some gray area to their morality, such as Luke and Harry. My one issue with the series is that there’s a LOT of characters to the point where I’m confusing some of the boys and girls. Don’t get me wrong, I love that there is representation of the LGBTQ and deaf community, but if there’s going to be 15 main characters, I’d would have liked more women and men of colour.

Finally, let’s talk about that ending! OK- so what’s up with the dog? Are we sure we know who killed Cassandra? And what universe are the kids in? Purgatory? It’s too soon to really come up with a coherent theory, but I think there’s some sort of parallel universe that the kids were sent to after discovering what the “smell” was all about. It’s so intriguing to me, but I imagine fans are dying for some more clues. Hopefully, the committee on going home can sort something out soon because I want answers. Let me know what you thought of the show below!

Netflix Review: Elite is Gossip Girl on Steroids

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Elite is a Spanish web television series about three working class teens that attend a wealthy school. With all the drama that ensues, episode 1 reveals that there is a murder that takes place as someone from the main cast is responsible for the death of another main character. This series caught me by surprise, and it’s sort of like if Gossip Girl and Big Little Lies had a baby. Also, times the drama by 15 because there’s a lot packed into this eight episode series. I’ll be breaking up the review into the sets of characters who shared a story line. Read with caution because this does contain spoilers. Let’s start with the romance and then we’ll get to the murder.

Everything Marina, Samuel & Nano: So Samuel likes Marina. Nano likes Marina. And Samuel and Nano are brothers. Cue the drama. At first, I thought Marina was miscast because I did not feel the chemistry with Samuel, but then I realized that maybe we as an audience weren’t supposed to buy them as a couple because her chemistry with Nano was so much more intense. I feel bad for Samuel, but I also wished he stood up for himself more because as much as Marina was going through, she was a terrible girlfriend to him. Also regarding Samuel, I adored his friendship with Omar. I actually liked Samuel supporting his friends way more than his interactions with Marina.

Polo, Christian & Carla: Okay I was not expecting there to be a story line like this. Polo and Carla have been together forever, but they’re bored. So enters Christian who becomes obsessed with fitting in with the elite crowd, and we’ve got a throuple. It’s a pretty messed up story line because both Polo and Christian would do anything for Carla, include share her with another man, but I couldn’t take my eyes away from this captivating plot. You can tell that Christian enjoys the luxury and I have to hand it to the actor because he’s kind of like a cartoon character. But with Polo, there’s much more of a darkness with his adoration with Carla.

Guzman and Nadia: Guzman is the top dog at school. We establish that he’s supposed to be the rich popular guy. He starts off dating Lu, his other popular counterpart, and they make a bet to take new girl Nadia’s virginity. Nadia is a Muslim girl who struggles with her family values and her school life, but she’s one tough cookie. Her romance with Guzman was so innocent and sweet. To see the chemistry build episode after episode without ever sealing things with a kiss makes them such a rootable couple for the second season. I like that they’re both pretty imperfect as well. Guzman can be materialistic and lose his temper. Nadia can be close minded sometimes. But somehow, they work.

Ander and Omar: I saved the best for last because I loved watching these two on screen. Ander is the classic “athlete rich kid” who feels all this pressure from his family to be a tennis star. What I really liked about Ander was that he would always be the quiet or neutral one among the popular crew but when he blew up, you knew he was a lot more layered. While Ander seems to be angry a times, Omar is simply living his life  in fear. Omar is Nadia’s sister who happens to be a gay drug dealing Muslim. They’re from two completely different worlds, but the chemistry between them is electric. The actors are really fantastic, and their forbidden romance is hands down my favorite plot of the bunch because they’re so darn cute together. Who’s down for a double date between, Guzman and Nadia and Ander and Omar?

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The Murder: MAJOR SPOILERS* So Marina dies. We find out in episode one and we’re supposed to believe it was either Samuel or Nano because of all the relationship drama. For some reason, my dumb ass believed it was the teacher for some reason. Once Samuel accused the teacher of sleeping with Marina, I thought we were going to get real dark considering it cost him his job.

Similarly, in Big Little Lies, I thought the father of Ziggy was going to be Madeline’s ex for some reason, and I thought Noel Kahn was the first A from Pretty Little Liars. I was wrong again. It was Polo. And it was actually done pretty masterfully in terms of storytelling. We get this threesome story line that very much feels separate from the other plot points, but it all makes perfect sense as things escalate over a watch that Carla is desperate to get back. Polo is so madly in love with Carla that it leads him to murdering Marina after a heated argument. I also was so in love with characters like Nadia and Ander that I was praying it wouldn’t be one of my favorite characters. And we also slowly learn that Polo is a bit messed up himself so it all ties together well.

Something that Pretty Little Liars failed to do was give people the correct motives, but by the final episode, everyone has a motive and a damn good one at that. And something Gossip Girl also failed to do was stay on track with its original mystery after a few seasons. This show really impressed me, and I’m shocked it doesn’t get more attention because it really deserves it. The acting is great. The murder was a great premise, but all the drama that ensues in between is gripping as well. I cannot wait for a second season.

Black Mirror Review & Ranking All of Bandersnatch’s Endings

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Netflix’s Black Mirror unleashed its much anticipated choose-your-own-adventure episode “Bandersnatch”, where it allows the viewer to make decisions throughout the film, which alters the ending. After watching the episode, I must say, it’s mind blowing. It’s not the best installment of Black Mirror,  but it is a one of a kind experience. My mind is still processing the endings, but I do want to break down and rank all the endings I found. If I’m a bit off or wrong about certain aspects, please forgive me as I spent three hours watching through a lot of the possibilities. Here’s my ranking and needless to say: SPOILER ALERT

8) Too safe for good reviews: If you were too scared to see Stefan go completely insane, then you probably clicked on options such as “spill tea on computer” or “take pills” which both result in poor reviews of “Bandersnatch” with an unhappy Stefan watching his game fail. I grouped these all together because ultimately, you decided to play it safe, rather than go down a twisted path.

6) Stefan works for the company: To me, this isn’t even a real ending as Will Poulter’s character, Colin, lets you know right away that you made the wrong move already. This is literally 15 minutes into the episode, so there’s no way you’re content and decide to leave it at that. So is it really an ending? Wrong choice mate.

6) Stefan falls to his death on acid: This ending means you followed Colin back to his apartment for a drug-induced night. While they’re on drugs, they go out to the terrace where Colin says one of them is going to jump. What. And you have to choose who. WHAT? This is one of the first really intense choices you have to make, and I chose wrong as I chose Stefan, thinking he’d have a Birdman moment and start flying. Anyway, you’ll want to go back and choose Colin after making this fatal mistake. Just remember to stay away from drugs kids.

5) Stefan’s father drags Stefan out of his therapist’s office: This is one of the first set in stone endings as Stefan and his father fight his therapist. Stefan learns that Netflix is watching over him and controlling his every move. The fight is actually pretty badass and crazy, but to me, it ends so abruptly and we don’t get to know how the game turns out. Weird, but at least it’s a final ending.

4) Stefan buries his father, goes on killing spree: This was the first ending that I got that didn’t give me the option to go back. I closed my eyes as I clicked “Kill Dad” and watched as the “White Bear” symbol determined pretty much the rest of the ending. He kills his father, Colin’s wife shows up to his door, but then the dog discovers his father’s body. Apparently though, there is a path where Colin comes to his door and you get the option to killing him too. I didn’t get that, but Stefan is sent to jail before finishing the game and he gets poor reviews.

3) Stefan goes back in time to join his mother on the train: This ending was really interesting and it definitely has potential. Stefan gets to the safe and picks the option “TOY” and out pops the white rabbit he was looking for right before his mom’s death. It’s surprising as he travels back in time to that moment so he can board the train with her. Stefan dies in present time because of this decision and the episode ends. I’m surprised this ending led to tying in his mother’s death because it was the only one that did. However, everything about the video game proves to be irrelevant after the episode ends, so it leaves me missing some sort of conclusion to the game Stefan was working on so intently.

2) Dr Hayne’s office is revealed to be a movie set: This is such a cool ending. Instead of the therapist brawl that ensues, you can choose to climb out the window, and it leads to a way more of a meta ending. At this point, Stefan is aware of Netflix making his decisions so he asks his father to take him to Dr Haynes. When Stefan goes to climb out the window, someone says cut, and it becomes clear that the entire episode is being filmed as a director tells “Mike” that he’s doing the wrong action. I know it ‘s supposed to be a bit light-hearted but it’s pretty satisfying and funny because it shows how emotionally stunted the actor was as he got too into his character “Stefan.” If there was more to this ending that involved the video game, maybe it’d feel more satisfying. As a whole, it’s not the best ending, but I found the most joy and watching this ending.

1) Stefan chops up his father, gets in the right mindset and gets rave reviews: I love the Netflix ending. It’s so interesting, but it’s another storyline that sort of ended. This is the darkest of the endings, as you choose to chop up his own father’s body. It started to dawn on me that the uglier more gruesome choices led to more interesting paths, so Stefan kills his father, chops up the body and has plenty of time to finish the video game. This is the only ending where Stefan gets rave reviews, but his moment is short lived as he’s arrested shortly after. Colin’s daughter Pearl takes over the game years later, and we think the episode is over, but when there’s a glitch in the game, we have to choose to destroy the computer or spill the tea, and either way, it ends the episode. What makes this ending the true ending to me is the fact that Stefan concludes that he needed to make people think they had a choice, when in reality, he chose the ending. And in reality, we as viewers think we have a choice, but we’re often pushed to complete certain actions like killing his father and refusing to work with the company. It’s mind-boggling and I loved it.

  • My favorite moment from the whole episode was Will Poulter’s monologue about Pac-Man making you think you have all these choices and free will in life, when in reality you simply don’t. Everything he said about alternate timelines was exactly what happens, making his character more self-aware than anyone else’s. When he said “wrong choice” he’s talking more so to the audience. When he said “you’re down the hole” he’s telling the audience you’re deep into the path you’ve selected. His character was definitely a scene stealer for me. Loved the acting. Also it breaks my heart that people were bullying the actor on social media after the episode aired, so much so, that he quit Twitter. People are so cruel.
  • The acting in general was all very good. Apparently every path was filmed separately meaning they had to film similar scenes multiple times. I guess I get why because it made every moment to moment choice feel very seamless, but that sounds incredibly difficult production wise.
  • Overall, I really enjoyed the experience. While the plot suffers because of all the choices you have to make, I’ve never had the joy of choosing what happens in an episode, and it was exhilarating to have unfold. All of the endings sort of leave you lacking in other subplots and points, but I feel like they did the best with what they were working with.
  • There’s also a PAC ending, where Stefan finds out his father and mother are working for the government, but it actually leads back to Stefan having to choose to kill his father, so to me, it wasn’t exactly needed.
  • My ranking is purely based on my own opinions, and if you disagreed, that’s totally fine. To me, it was important to have certain moments like what the heck happens with the video game which happens to be the title, so if it didn’t include that, I was just more inclined to rank it lower.
  • I want to know other people’s thoughts. What’s your favorite ending?

Netflix Review: You

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You was a series I was excited to watch immediately after its episode one airing on Lifetime. Then, all of a sudden, I was in the UK, and there was no way of watching the series legally. I was bummed after seeing what could be a great guilty pleasure. Then, I hear the entire season is on Netflix, and I waste no time binging through the remaining nine episodes. And boy, it was exhilarating.

The series stars Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley who plays Joe, a book store worker who meets a young graduate student, Beck, and instantly falls for her from first sight. Joe starts finding out more about Beck (Elizabeth Lail) , such as a mild social media search and a quick address search in Google maps. Sounds like stuff we’ve all done right? But something isn’t right, as Joe starts stalking her, watching her, breaking into her apartment and a variety of creepy activities in his all black getup and a cap. His infatuation turns into an obsession and the scariest part is that from Beck’s perspective, Joe seems like the perfect gentleman.

The series definitely has a Lifetime feel, don’t get me wrong. The show is not something that is always the most smartly crafted series ever, but it really embraces that guilty pleasure feel that I miss in a series. Every episode is unpredictable as Badgley shows Joe’s erratic behavior perfectly through his eyes and clenched demeanor every time something doesn’t go his way. It’s a social media horror story, as Instagram and Twitter become key mediums for Joe to pull off some of his shenanigans. Additionally, it’s relevant more than ever as dating apps and “sliding into the DMs” are the new ways of meeting people these days.

The show largely benefits from the fact that Joe is the one narrating every creepy thought he has, and it’s twisted that we can actually empathize with him at times, especially when we see him care for his neighbor, Paco.

Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell also stars in the series as Beck’s spoiled Queen Bee friend who is smarter than she appears, as she catches on to Joe’s sketchy behavior quite quickly into the series. John Stamos also makes a surprise appearance as Joe’s therapist late into the series. These guest stars add to the overall drama and both play key roles in how the story unfolds.

The 10 episodes fly by quickly, and the ending left me pretty satisfied as the finale escalated to a point when I started saying “How are they possibly going to wrap this up?” If a series has me asking that by the final episode, that’s a good sign. With the twist at the very end, I’m not sure how strong a second installment of the series will do, but I’ll definitely be tuning in to see how the second chapter will go down.

The Incredible Jessica James Review & Talking Diversity in Rom Coms

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I’ve been binging romantic comedies all summer, and while I’ve been enjoying them more now than ever, I find myself seeing the same female leads. I remember watching The Spectacular Now and completely identifying with Shailene Woodley’s character. That was back in 2015 when I watched that movie. She played the shy Amy who slowly came out of her shell through the eyes of her love interest, which reminds me a lot of Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved. And while I adore these female leads, I find myself not relating to them anymore, mostly because I’ve grown out of that phase of not truly knowing myself yet. Now bring in this little gem of a movie starring a black female who knows she’s dope but for whatever reason doesn’t have her life figured out quite yet. Jessica Williams shines as she plays a total bad ass whose insecurities are shown through actions and body language rather than talking about it. Not only is this the perfect display of showing rather than telling, but it really does emulate what twenty somethings are going through.

Everyone is all about talking about what they’re passionate about, but at the same time, everyone is struggling to pursue that same passion. James works at a nonprofit and wants to pursue play writing, but the movie itself is more or less about her trying to get over a breakup. She meets Boon played by Chris O Dowd who is totally opposite from her but also getting over a breakup so they begin a weird relationship, including a pact to follow each other’s ex. It’s a story we’re all familiar with, but it’s a more modern take. Chris O Dowd brings the same charm he had in Bridesmaids and it really works because he feels much more like a real human being instead of a Prince Charming. He makes mistakes and doesn’t make some sort of grand gesture for them. Instead, the two leads talk through their shit like normal adults would, and it’s refreshing to watch. In addition to the romantic elements, there’s a great side storyline that shows James interacting with one of her students. It’s simple but a great display of why Jessica James pushes some of her students so much to pursue their dreams.

Overall, I really loved how realistic this movie felt, and I love seeing more interracial couples come to screen lately. Growing up, a lot of my friends assumed I liked people with skin like mine, and it really upset me when I was younger but I couldn’t quite pinpoint why so I kept my mouth shut. I remember my friends in 5th grade asking me if I liked the only other colored person in my class and I couldn’t express back then why it was so wrong of them to say that. However, when I saw the backlash with To All the Boys I’ve Loved with some people saying they should of casted an Asian male lead to play Lana Condor’s love interest, I resonated so much with the actress’s response.

“You are being racist unknowingly and continuing to put us in a box that we don’t need to be in. It’s really unfair. People should be able to love who they want to love. It’s offensive to me — you’re continuing to promote tribalism. So I can’t be with who I want to be with? These are probably the same people who have an issue with the LGBT community. It’s the same thing — you telling me who I can love is unfair,” Condor said.

Anyway, I went off on a bit of a tangent, but my point is that I love that we’re seeing more diversity because growing up all the love stories seemed to happen to people that didn’t look anything like me, so I hope young women and men are inspired in a way that I wasn’t able to be when I was growing up.