Love & Anarchy (2020) A Review

An office dramedy with a sexy twist, there is a lot to like here and some real heart-warming and emotional moments as well.  Would recommend.

Certificate: 15

Creators: Alex Haridi, Lisa Langseth

Starring: Reine Brynolfsson, Ida Engvoll, Erdogan Gizem, Björn Kjellman

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 30mins Episodes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

When Sofie gets an assignment to modernize an old publishing house she meets young IT tech Max, and an unexpected flirting game begins. Sofie and Max secretly challenge each other to do things that question modern day life. It starts innocently enough, but as the game gets more and more daring the consequences grow beyond proportions. – Written by Netflix

Office Dramedies are a dime a dozen, and you have to do something outstanding to stand out from the crowd,  And this how does that.  Sure this office is filled with all the cookie-cutter characters that you would expect, with over the top, larger than life personalities.  But understandably, Sofie is the focal and most interesting character.  She doesn’t know who she is, or what she wants, but all she does know is that she needs a little excitement in her life that doesn’t come in the form of sneaking away to the bathroom to masturbate to porn on her phone.  And it is great to see the progression of her character throughout the show as she comes to realise that she doesn’t have to be what every wants her to be.  A valuable lesson that many of us still need to learn.

 I would have liked a lot have more of a focus on Max’s character as well,  We do get one episode towards the end of the series where we follow him as he goes to see his family.  The experience we see there requires so much more backstory then the one we get,  It is almost a throwaway plot line, but it deserved so much more attention than it got.

This is heavily adult skewed with a lot of sexual content and gratuitous bad language, so don’t let the innocuous looking poster fool you.  But in going that one step further it allows the show to fully embrace what it wants to be and the messages it wants to relay without having to constantly check it is still suitable for younger audiences.

The plot is pretty minimal, with the focus really being on Sofie and Max and their character/relationship development, and what plot there is around the publishing house really did not interest me that much.  It really was the romantic relationship here that kept me engaged the whole time, and that isn’t something I say often.  Their chemistry on screen is amazing and they do a great job of cranking up that sexual tension early on to get you invested.  Their story may not have ended the way that I thought it would, but it was still a super cute and a nicely wrapped up ending.

The episodes are short and the story engaging, so if you have an afternoon spare you can probably watch the whole thing in one go like I did.  It’s a good watch for something light and funny in a time where turning on the TV can be an anxiety inducing experience.

‘Love and Anarchy’ is streaming on Netflix now!

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