You’re the Worst’s charming combination of witty banter, anti-social rants, and idiosyncratic pop-culture diatribes is a key component to its success, but what makes this series truly unique is the way it deftly balances its acerbic edge with a stealthy optimistic soul. Gretchen and Jimmy are damaged not shattered. Bent not broken. Both characters, despite their plethora of interpersonal maladies, are battling against their own jaded nature in an attempt to make this relationship work. Love, in the absolute best and worst way possible, is both messy and absurd. YTW doesn’t inauthentically celebrate this notion as much as it realistically embraces it.
Cry-Baby was my first John Waters movie. I was 8 when I saw it. Serial Mom was my second Waters movie. My sister and I rented it from Blockbuster so many times that we could have put on a two person stage show. I don’t know what my mother was thinking, but I thank her.