Netflix does one thing that annoys the beejeebers out of me – automatically starts playing a preview of a show if you pause (even for a second) to read a title. I get why they do it, and the fact that I watched Living With Yourself starring Paul Rudd proves that. After seeing it thrust in front of me several times, I went ahead an watched it.
I really like Paul Rudd, his style of humor cracks me up every time. Whether he is the quip-filled Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) or one of his everyman roles in a light comedy film, Rudd always delivers. Dramedy is different.
Living with Yourself is part psychological intrigue, part sci-fi and part social commentary…. with a tiny sliver of comedy. I watched the entire 8 episode series in the matter of a few nights but was expecting more the entire time. I was expecting some seriously funny Rudd. That never happened.
Yes, it allowed Rudd to show his chops dramatically, but that isn’t the Paul Rudd I was expecting (or prefer.) In the end, I felt like my time could have been better spent and while I reflect back that Living With Yourself was interesting… it is not water-cooler talk. (Do you folks in the corporate world still have conversations around a water cooler or am I dating myself?)
If you have nothing else to do and you want to see something unexpected and different from the line of copycat series… check it out. If you are putting off doing something important, skip it.
by Chris Doelle
Rating 7 of 10