Andrea’s film review – Uncoupled

Uncoupled ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

Michael’s life seemed to be perfect, until his long time partner blindsided him after 17 years of being in long time relationship. He has to confront the nightmares of losing his soulmate and suddenly finding himself as a single gay man in his mid-40s. Available to watch on Netflix.

You can tell right from the start that this shares some of the same DNA with Sex and the City, or rather its sequel And Just Like That, given the age of the characters involved. After all Darren Starr is one of the co-creators of the series (the other being Modern Family’s Jeffrey Richman). He was really the brains behind Sex and the City for years and so many of the trademarks have passed onto this one: the New York settings of course, all those rich people with great clothes, who seem to do no work all day long, but spend time in great restaurants and live in amazing apartments and of course the constant talk of dating and sex…

So on the surface this is basically Sex and the City with gay people, but thankfully there’s a little bit more to it than that. It starts off promisingly as a sharp commentary on modern dating for middle-aged people in a world obsessed with eternal youth. After that it quickly descends into a much more basic “dramedy” about an estate agent, Michael, (Neil Patrick Harris) whose life is turned upside down after being dumped by his boyfriend after a 17 years relationship.

Neil Patrick Harris is the real winning card here. He’s the driving force of the series and actually a real revelation as far as I’m concerned. He’s constantly charming and his ability to balance humour, slapstick while at the same time showing a more vulnerable side of himself, make him effortlessly likeable, thoroughly engaging and even relatable.

Some of secondary characters are probably a bit over-the-top, but they add a nice contrast to Neil’s Patrick Harris more down-to-earth persona. His two best gay friends, his business partner, played by Tisha Campbell who all help him navigate his newly single life, while Marcia Gay Harden who plays a filthy-rich client who’s also recently being dumped by her husband, ends up being one of the best supporting characters.

Overall these slick and tight eight 30-minute episodes are incredibly bingeable and they managed to be both funny and emotional in equal measure.

Even if at times it’s a little bit shallow, Harris’ performance, the laugh-out-loud comedy and the show’s heart are more than enough to keep you hooked and by the time this first season ends (what a great finale!), you’ll be left wanting  more.

On a side note, while a series like this is successfully helping normalising what must be like living an open gay life in a big city like NY, making it fun and sweet,  a dear friend of mine is recovering from a homophobic attack which left him not just with broken ribs and all sorts of other concussions, but 25% deaf from both ears.

If this is the kind of world we are living, we might need more than products like Uncoupled on our screens.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

Uncoupled is available to watch on Netflix.

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