Platonic

Platonic

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A funny and fresh take on the age-old “will they or won’t they?” dilemma

7.5

TV Show

United States of America
English
Comedy
2023
Carla Gallo, Luke Macfarlane, Rose Byrne
30 min

TLDR

I know it’s not ideal to see Seth Rogen play yet another man-child, but trust me, this is a good one.

What it's about

When stay-at-home mom Sylvia hears about her estranged friend Will’s divorce, she decides to call him up and catch up, reviving a relationship she thought she’d left behind in her 20s.

The take

It’s one of the oldest problems in the history of mankind: can men and women be friends? Romantic comedies, since their inception, have tried to answer this question in various quirky ways, and almost always, the answer is a resounding no. The two leads must end up together because the chemistry is too strong, and besides, love can only end in romance. Right? Platonic is one of a handful of shows that knows there’s no straightforward answer to that question. It’s thoughtful and nuanced as it subverts rom-com expectations and refuses to rush into a template happy ending. Even more impressive is the fact that it gives us a hefty dose of reality while still being light-hearted, funny, and charming. Whether that’s thanks to the easy chemistry between Sylvia and Will (played by longtime collaborators Rose Bryne and Seth Rogen) or to the refreshing experience of having a familiar dilemma be treated with newfound profundity, there’s no doubt that Platonic puts a fresh new spin on the genre.

What stands out

The aesthetic. You wouldn’t expect it from a show about a mid-life crisis, but Platonic is such a cool-looking production. As the hip owner of a hip bar in downtown LA, Will is dressed to the nines in his flowery crochets and earth-toned corduroys. And even though Sylvia is often set up as Will’s pragmatic opposite, she looks just as cool in her tailored loungewear and smart-casual fits. Other actors might have made Will and Sylvia look too much like characters wearing these, but Rogen and Bryne are naturals—possibly because they already dress this way in real life, but that doesn’t take away from how good they make the show look. Also, I would be remiss not to mention Gandalf the Iguana, who deserves a special mention in this category. The joke about him displaying multiple emotions perceptible only to characters onscreen is objectively hilarious.

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