In October 2019 Netflix released another one of their original series called LIVING WITH YOURSELF starring incredible Paul Rudd and Paul Rudd.
You know the guy who never ages. Phoebe’s Mike from F.r.i.e.n.d.s. or the guy everyone suggested should shot up Thanos anus and just expand himself as an Ant-man. That guy and he’s amazing in Living with yourself. No surprise there.
First of all, let me say that from time to time it was so strange to watch but I appreciate the originality of the story. I’ve never seen anything remotely like this show.
Basically Paul Rudd plays a guy named Miles Elliot who’s life is pretty much shit. He’s unhappy and seeks a change.
He was offered one by going to the special spa that would help him get his life in order. The way they manage to do that is by cloning your original self, making it the best version of you possible and then killing your old miserable self.
Something went wrong and now there are 2 identical Miles’ with the same looks and memories but different behavior.
Moral dilemma: which one is the real Miles and how can you know you are really you?
The original Miles is convinced that his scar is what makes him the real self. But the clon Miles remembered getting the scar so what’s up with that?
Original Miles is burned out, sad, depressed, cynical and angry but the new Miles is just perfect. He’s good at everything he does. He’s cheerful, outgoing, innovative just a good guy.
The problem is he’s too good. Too nice. Too kind. It’s weird.
Their wife Kate, played by Aisling Bea, is stuck in between two of her husbands where both of them remember their first kiss or their wedding night. Who is her husband? Well, I guess the one original one she married but is it really that simple?
The new Miles is just perfect. Pays attention to her, listens, cooks or generally takes care of her and all of that with a smile on his face. He’s everything a wife could ask for. But is perfection really what you search for?
The story is beautifully messy and complicated. It’s incredibly well-made. There are parts that overlap from different points of view and they each complete the bigger picture. Spectacular editing and top performance from Paul Rudd. Even though Miles’ were the same person played by the same person, Paul Rudd did a great job in distinguishing both of them.
Living with yourself is full of great metaphors and dark humor. Like the iconic moment when clon Miles was casually buying murder supplies. That got to be my favorite moment. Not that much original idea but get’s me cracking every time.
Easy plot to follow.
It’s just 8 short episodes so I was done in a few hours.
Check it out now. It’s really good.
Due to very positive responses so far there are rumors about season 2 of Living with yourself. Not been yet officially confirmed since there have been just a few days since season 1 premiere. Let’s wait and see.