Let's Talk About CHU

Let's Talk About CHU

TV-MA

netflix

A sometimes awkward, though amusingly frank Taiwanese sex comedy

7.0

TV Show

Taiwan
Mandarin
Comedy, Drama, Family
2024
REMII HUANG
Chien-Ho Wu, Hsia Yu-chiao, JC Lin

TLDR

Wei still deserves better, though.

What it's about

Wax technician and part-time vlogger Chu Ai likes to use her channel to talk candidly about sex, but not love. However, for her and her family, these two subjects are so much trickier to deal with in their day-to-day lives.

The take

Ensemble romance stories are great for exploring different aspects of relationships, but this time, Taiwanese comedy drama Let’s Talk About CHU tackles sexual relationships. Centered on the Chu family, each of the members struggle in that aspect of their relationships– the parents are at the brink of divorce because of it, Ai prioritizes pleasure but not connection, Yu-sen is taken for granted because of it, and Wei struggles with the expectations of having children. It’s refreshing to see the show tackle these issues, which, until recently, has been mostly taboo to talk about, but it also happens to be direct, honest, and forthcoming about them in such a relatable way. While the show does struggle to balance the plotlines, Let’s Talk About CHU is a multi-generational conversation that’s important to have.

What stands out

At the end of each episode is a vlog from Ai talking about sex, specifically the concepts that relate to the sexual encounters in the earlier episode. It’s like a helpful discussion guide at the end of books to help the reader process the themes, but it does make Ai’s vlogging feel a tad disjointed from the story itself.

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