If the theme of existential crises does not appeal, the chemistry between the four friends will.
This review of Hulu’s Dollface season 2 does not contain spoilers.
One of the growing mantras in 20s modern society is that you do not have to have everything figured out yet. The notion is to enjoy life, and the goals of what you’d like to achieve will arrive. It’s not a flawed notion; after all, there’s too much pressure to have a career by 21 and be financially independent by 30. But what if you are ravaging through your 30s and still not understanding where you want to be or what you want to do?
It can be a terrifying scenario, and Dollface season 2 presents a situation where all four lead characters find themselves in 30s limbo. After season 1, everything was up in the air, and season 2 magnifies the issue. Using the pandemic as a plot point, season 2 opens up with the characters struggling with life in isolation and uncertainty if they will have a job when they return. This plot point will feel heavy on some viewers as the pandemic was an existential crisis for many people.
Jules continues to have a reactive consciousness that ekes out in certain scenes. In season 1, I was critical of the application of the imaginary cat, but it lands better in season 2. Tapping into Jules’s brain amplifies the feelings that surround the uncertainty of her life and truly adds to the comedy. Talking of comedy, Dollface season 2 continues to be lighthearted and surface level with the jokes. It doesn’t need to be more profound than that.
The one thing to note is that season 2 does not leave enough juice for a continuation, and I could not tell if that was purposeful. Sure, plot points stick near the end, but whether or not it’s enough to excite the third season is to be questioned.
But if the theme of existential crises does not appeal, the chemistry between the four friends will. Their togetherness and community are what make Dollface worth it. Even with a delay to production, the cast has a spark.
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