‘You’re the Worst’ Review: Season 5 Is Just a Show, Standing in Front of Its Viewers, Demanding to Be Acknowledged

IndieWire | 1/9/2019 | Staff
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“You’re the Worst” is a love story that casts a wary eye toward other love stories. Like its leads, Gretchen (Aya Cash) and Jimmy (Chris Geere), Stephen Falk’s FXX series narrows its eyes when conventional couples approach — or conventional attitudes about romances persist unchecked. But it’s not cynical. It’s not unromantic. And in its final 13 episodes, the shrewd, stimulating, and tuxedo-black comedy proves it’s not an anti-rom-com at all (as it’s been billed). It’s simply a love story made for a new era of romance: “Notting Hill” mixed with “High Fidelity” for the millennial generation.

It’s fitting, then, that the premiere episode starts with a dueling parody/homage to ’90s-era romantic comedies — with Jimmy and Gretchen nowhere in sight. The first half of “The Intransigence of Love,” written and directed by Falk, is devoted to video store clerk Jake (Morgan Krantz) and cinephile Gemma (Caitlin McGee), torn apart by circumstance but eternally fated by their love of film. The engaging, unexpected tale plays out with longing gazes, douchebag boyfriends, and more spot-on period gags. An extended sequence, in which Jake and his perfectly named friend Ziggy (Brennan Murray) hack the newly formed internet, is brilliant down to the characters’ stilted, dial-up movements.

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There’s an undeniable affection to the goofy storytelling. There’s real joy in recreating Hugh Grant’s press-conference confessional to Julia Roberts, and the exuberance transcends the screen. If it hasn’t always been clear, both the show’s characters and writers are amenable to the allures of past romances. After all, the first four seasons of “You’re the Worst” culminated with Jimmy and Gretchen getting engaged, and the final season is a lengthy countdown to their marriage, complete with the posh Jimmy carefully picking each centerpiece and the pleasure-centric Gretchen avoiding wedding work entirely.

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