Review: Living with Yourself
This new dark comedy more than lives up to expectations.
We all know Paul Rudd ~ doesn't age ~ but in this new series he's been cloned too.
Living with Yourself follows Miles, who's just about had enough of his working life and fertility issues are causing more than a little turbulence in at home. So, when his obnoxious colleague Dan (Desmin Borges), who seems to have found a new lease on life, recommends a life-changing spa treatment he’s instantly curious.
Drama ensues as the treatment leaves Miles with a clone, who seems to be better than him in almost every way. As Miles works out how to live with his new self and how to tell his wife Kate (Aisling Bea), the series throws some unexpected curve balls.
As hilarious as it is thought-provoking, the series doesn’t shy away from the big questions: what does it mean to be yourself? If there was some better, most polished version of yourself, would you still recognise them as you?
No spoilers here but the series does end on a surprising note and Rudd's performance throughout is phenomenal. The intricate but unmistakable differences between the two Miles' ensnares the audience completely. There’s no clear cut hero and villain, instead Rudd’s captivating, unsettlingly real portrayal of the protagonist/s causes the us to question which Miles is really better…
Aisling Bea is incredible. Her performance and character work is developed, hilarious and relatable. Kate is unapologetically herself, something that aptly offsets Miles’ identity crisis. The series is full of jarring near misses as we see the original and cloned Miles dart in and out of scenes, confusing Kate and the audience. We frequently find ourselves on the side of Kate and it speaks volumes of Bea’s acting prowess: Who do we trust? Why did Miles do it? It’s okay to steal a credenza, right?
This series will keep your mind reeling and belly laughing. Delving head first into both comedy and issues of mortality, Timothy Greenberg’s new creation is exactly what you need to wake up and stop re-watching the same series for the third consecutive time.
Living with Yourself is streaming on Netflix now.