Since he appeared on Friends I have been a big fan of Paul Rudd, and have enjoyed pretty much everything that he has appeared in since. One of his latest ventures, on Netflix, is called Living with Yourself.
So what’s it about?
A man undergoes an experimental treatment to improve his life, only to be replaced by a new and improved version of himself, and must fight for his wife, his career, and his very identity.
The show starts well and the first couple of episodes were well put together, but after that it fades hard. It starts off with some good weird clone based science fiction-y stuff but then descends into basically a run of the mill love triangle drama-dy. I think that if it wasn’t for Paul Rudd being in it, I probably wouldn’t have finished it.
It felt to me like the tone was all over the place. It was laugh out loud funny one moment, charming the next, then it would go very dark very quickly. Some shows manage this rollercoaster well, but with Living with Yourself it came off quite disjointed, almost like there were a number of different directors each trying to put their stamp on it.
There are plot lines that are set up and discarded, the jokes start to fall flat as it all went on, and it all finishes in a really meh ending.
It’s a shame because the concept has potential (even though its not a new concept), but it stumbles in the execution.