Love is real at the Emmys, depending on how you feel about public marriage proposals

Let’s be totally honest here: The Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special Emmy going to Glenn Weiss, the guy who directed the Oscars ceremony, seemed pretty boring. It’s the kind of award that’s usually good for a snack break, since most TV viewers probably don’t care who directed the Academy Awards, but Weiss…

Winona Ryder thinks she may have married Keanu Reeves on the set of Bram Stoker's Dracula

Here’s some heartwarming news for all the goth kids who still have room in their black hearts for the bright light of love: Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder apparently got married in 1992 while filming Bram Stoker’s Dracula. That’s what Ryder says, at least, with her telling Entertainment Weekly that the scene where her…

Why are we just now finding out that Michael Cera and Aubrey Plaza used to date?

Here at The A.V. Club, we try not to get worked up over the personal lives of celebrities, because it’s harder to make fun of their acting performances or movie choices when we think of them as real people with real feelings. That being said, even stone-hearted cynics like us can sometimes fall into the trap of—blegh—…

The final season of Love does justice to its leads, their co-stars, and the oft-abused art of backstory

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The romantic comedy Love debuted on Netflix in the winter of 2016. With the release of its third and final season, the series chronicling the courtship and coupling of Mickey Dobbs (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus Cruikshank (Paul Rust) clocks in at 34 episodes that, given their half-hour (give or take) run time, could all be…

The trailer for the final season of Netflix's Love is still moving a little fast for everybody

Netflix’s Love is wrapping up after one more season, so for anyone who missed the wacky and occasionally frustrating adventures of Mickey and Gus, this trailer includes a handy refresher of what those crazy kids have been through. Basically, Gillian Jacobs’ Mickey is a sex addict who is trying to improve herself, Paul…

An ill-advised kiss caps off another season of Love

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“Back In Town” makes an interesting choice that I’m not sure I’m all for the final episode of the second season. The show has already been renewed for a third season, so it’s not like we’re left hanging, but instead of focusing on Gus and Mickey, the show expands its world to include Rich Sommer’s Dustin. “Back In…

Love can’t break its habits in “The Long D”

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Both “Liberty Down” and “The Long D” find Mickey and Gus moving in opposite directions, and there’s a whiplash quality to the two of them together. In the first, it’s Mickey who is on the road to enlightenment; in the second, it’s Gus. Mickey’s frustration means her old, destructive habits make a damning reappearance,…

Mickey and Gus play house on a Love that gets to the heart of the series

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Few episodes of Love have worked as well to illustrates the show’s central conceit as “Housesitting.” The romanticized idea of the wild girl getting together with the sweet, staid guy is entirely picked apart in this episode, which was started in full force in “Marty Dobbs.” But instead of ending with a sweet bonding…

“Marty Dobbs” pays a revealing visit to Love

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I’m starting to believe—based on completely anecdotal evidence from friends, comments, and tweets—that there are two camps of Love fans. There are those that believe Mickey is awful, and those that believe that Gus is. Sure, the show has established that neither one of them is truly a great person, but I’ve found that…

Love’s 2nd-season hot streak continues at an illuminating “Work Party”

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Is Love the first Netflix original series to generate more heat with its second season than its first? BoJack Horseman is the only exception I can think of, so maybe Love is the first live-action Netflix original whose second season was received more warmly than its first. (In the questionably accurate metric of…

Gus and Mickey (and Love) reach a crossroads in a pivotal episode

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We’re at the midpoint of Love’s first season and “Forced Hiatus” is very much a turning point episode. Gus faces a massive life change, while Mickey has some intense realizations about herself, and each of these moments will clearly have consequences as the series continues its second half. It’s telling that, once…

“Shrooms” blooms from a “low-key thing” into a high-quality Love

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There are two things to watch out for in the opening minutes of “Shrooms.” There’s Mickey and Gus telling Bertie that they have a “low-key thing” planned for the evening, a takeout-and-chill situation sidelined by the disposal of Mickey’s stash. Then there’s Randy’s reaction to the bag of psilocybin mushrooms that’s…

“Beware of instant chemistry”: Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust on their Love connection

A romantic comedy is nothing if you don’t want to see the leads get together—and while there are definitely parts of Netflix’s Love where it seems like the central couple should not be together, that would be a denial of the chemistry between stars Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. Co-created by Rust with his wife, Lesley…