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Netflix’s ‘Love Hard’ Is Cute, Predictable, and Full of Clichés

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Love Hard was released on Netflix on November 5, 2021. The film’s premise follows a young woman, Natalie Bauer (Nina Dobrev), who falls in love with a man on a dating app and travels to the small town that he lives in to surprise him. It turns out that she got catfished by Josh (Jimmy O. Yang) but eventually runs into the man (Darren Barnet) who she thought she was originally talking to. I watched the film the day it was released. I want to share my thoughts on it with all of you. Let’s get into this.

Knowing that this film was going to be a rom-com from watching the trailer, I knew it was going to be predictable and full of clichés.

For starters, the fact that Natalie went through with trying to win over Tag (Barnet) was honestly stupid and problematic to me. Here’s why. I mean lied to him about who she really is as far as her interests but just pretended to like everything he likes.

It was predictable that the Lin family was going to find out the truth about Natalie and Josh.

Again, it’s a rom-com so I wasn’t surprised that it was going to be predictable.

The acting was okay. Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang were charming in their roles as Natalie and Josh. I enjoyed their scenes together. They had pretty good chemistry.

I honestly love Dobrev’s dramatic acting over her comedic acting. I just feel like her comedic roles aren’t showing her true talent as an actress.

It depends. Overall, it was a cute film. It’s a good casual watch if you’re looking for just a simple rom-com to watch. The story was problematic yet kind of charming. The characters were pretty dull. They didn’t really have much depth.

If you’re not a fan of these types of films, you probably won’t like this.

I recommend it if you’re looking for an easy watch.



Love Hard is streaming exclusively on Netflix.

Director: Hernán Jiménez

Cast: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Darren Barnet, Harry Shum Jr.

Producers: McG, Mary Viola

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