Parents' Guide to

Love Life

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lots of (fully clothed) sex and romance in enjoyable series.

TV Max Comedy 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Not one to watch with teenager

Was looking for a programme to watch with my 17 year old but decided to check it out myself first. I'm actually really enjoying it but there are a few sex scenes that I know me and my daughter would have found excruciating to watch together.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 18+

Not okay for kids

We based the decision to watch this show on the review printed here. I have never been steered wrong by common sense media. It stated it was okay for 15 and up. However, there are explicit sex scenes in the first two episodes. I just would not have let my nieces watch this show had I known. They have now been exposed to something that they are a bit too young and naive to watch. The sex scenes include adult language and dirty talking, which would be okay for adults, but not necessarily for kids. I would not recommend the show for teens at all.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (3):

Anna Kendrick is very good in this rom-com that isn't particularly strong on either the rom or the com, but moves along pleasantly enough mostly due to Kendrick's charmingly off-kilter performance. She's a sweetly sardonic delight, whether she's getting bowled over by the sudden betrayal of a boyfriend, pulling support duty for a substance-addicted friend, or arguing with her neurotically needy mom (Hope Davis, also fantastic). Love Life's structure is a little hard to grasp, true. The show starts out with the premise of investigating how Kendrick found "her person" by seeing her through a series of failed romances. The first episode, "Augie Jeong" makes the viewer imagine that each episode will concern itself with one particular romance and we'll move tidily through the litany to a wrapped-up happy ending, true love always.

Yeah, except for after doing that for a few episodes, Love Life drops that construction and zeroes in on Darby's relationships with other people who loom large in her life: her best friends, her mom, her boss, who would be absolutely horrible if he weren't played by the incomparably charming Scoot McNairy. In fact, that's a bit of a theme with Love Life: pros who have done amazing work elsewhere, doing work here that's enjoyable but unremarkable. Executive producers include Paul Feig, the genius behind Freaks and Geeks and Bridesmaids, as well as Brigitte Munoz-Liebowitz (One Day at a Time, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Bridget Bedard (Transparent, Ramy). Maybe it's too much to expect, that these bringers of greatness elsewhere will score every time, and certainly Love Life is no dismal failure. If it never gels into anything fantastic, neither does it curdle into anything awful. If rom-coms and/or Anna Kendrick are something you love, this is worth a look; if not, well, there's surely something else to distract you.

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