Netflix’s tawdry new present Sex/Life is precisely what the title suggests it’s: a steamy romp stuffed with hardcore humping. It will even probably remind you of final summer time’s stupidly attractive Netflix hit 365 dni (or 365 Days). Like that Polish twist on Fifty Shades of Grey, Sex/Life is unapologetically sexy. In truth, the present’s complete thrust facilities on one girl’s have to get boned onerous. Sex/Life isn’t good. In truth, it is likely to be certainly one of the most shamelessly shallow reveals I’ve ever seen. However should you’re searching for one thing to fill the 365 dni gap in your 2021 summer time streaming plans, Sex/Life is certainly it.
Sex/Life was created by UnREAL alum Stacy Rukeyser and stars Sarah Shahi as Billie Connolly, a pent-up Connecticut housewife who yearns to have the sort of rowdy intercourse she had in her single years. The collection is predicated on BB Easton’s best-selling self-published e book 44 Chapters About 4 Men. That e book’s recognition got here from Easton’s cheeky narrative voice and tell-all matter. Easton, a pink-haired former punk-turned-school psychologist, reportedly baited her straight-laced husband into recreating her earlier sexcapades by leaving her steamy memoir out in the open. (And she wrote a e book about it!) While that technically occurs in Sex/Life, the present doesn’t appear to have anyplace close to the identical wit as Easton’s work.
From the soar, Sex/Life seems like an easy march into many a mainstream fantasy. Sex/Life‘s Billie doesn’t have a job, however a tiring grind as an effortlessly lovely stay-at-home mother caring for 2 cherubic kids. Shahi’s character swans round her huge McMansion in a crisp and clear nap gown and ideal mermaid waves. When she apologizes to her wealthy hunk of a husband Cooper (Mike Vogel) about not being “dressed” but, I needed to snicker. Everything about Billie’s life is image good. Of course, that doesn’t imply it’s sufficient.
Billie is wrapped up in fantasies of her previous. As a 20-something she and her still-single greatest buddy hit the Village each night time to poach scorching younger ass and to be poached in return. While a montage reveals us Billie with quite a lot of males, the lover she will’t recover from is an independently rich Aussie named Brad (Adam Demos). The report label proprietor/unhealthy boy broke Billie’s coronary heart, however unleashed her inhibitions. It’s this type of raucous starvation that she craves from Cooper, a “perfect” man who appears completely content material with vanilla intercourse.
Now I’m all for plumbing the depths of feminine sexuality. However the factor that saved cracking me up about Sex/Life is that by the finish of the first episode, I knew nothing about Billie as an individual besides that she wanted to be aggressively laid. That’s it. Sure, she’s has a level in psychology, a killer physique, and two kids, however there’s completely nothing else to her character however this starvation for hardcore intercourse. Because of that, the present instantly skitters into the realm of lurid hate-watch (or guilt-ridden lust-watch). All Billie is as a personality is an exquisite physique begging to be boned.
Because of this — and the omnipresent abs and neon lighting — Sex/Life jogs my memory much more of 365 dni than one other present present about female want, Little Birds. This present is much less about the psychology of its characters than achievement of want. The query I nonetheless have, although, is whose wishes? There have been instances after I wasn’t positive whose fantasy I used to be watching. Billie’s or somebody attracted to Billie? That is to say that though this present is ostensibly about female want, it wasn’t filmed, like Bridgerton, from the female gaze. The digicam objectifies Billie as a lot because it does Brad, Cooper, or a bevy of folks.
All that is high quality, I suppose, if you would like intercourse with out robust storytelling. And lots of people do! It’s why 365 dni was such an infinite hit final summer time. Whether folks have been earnestly or paradoxically watching it, the porn-adjacent sex scenes in that movie grew to become dialog items. If you’re uninterested in being affected person for the 365 dni sequel, then Netflix’s Sex/Life will 100% tide you over.
I simply assume we deserve extra. You know, like a character for our main girl?
Sex/Life Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.