Paul Rudd sees double in “Living With Yourself”


Alyssa Beccue

The eight-episode series “Living With Yourself,” starring Paul Rudd as two versions of the same character, premiered on Netflix on Oct. 18.

Keilani Mayo, Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you woke up and met another version of yourself — a better version? The new Netflix comedy series “Living With Yourself” attempts to answer this question. Paul Rudd, popularly known as the superhero Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plays the character Miles Eliot in the new show.

In “Living With Yourself,” Miles Eliot is a middle-aged man feeling emotionally stuck in his job and in his marriage. He experiences a constant lack of motivation and self-purpose. As a result, he makes a life-changing decision by participating in an experimental treatment that results in a second version of himself, also played by Rudd.

At first glance, “Living With Yourself” appears to be a straightforward comedy series, especially given Rudd’s former comedic roles such as “Ant-Man.” However, while the show does provide a lot of laughter, it also integrates elements of a thriller. Rotten Tomatoes characterizes “Living with Yourself” as ‘dark comedy’ and ‘horror fiction.’ The marketing for the series primarily focuses on the funny personality that Rudd brings with this role, but also hints at darker cinematics and tones.

With eight 20-25 minute episodes, “Living with Yourself” is an easy show to binge. Paul Rudd does a great job playing dual roles and contrasting the two different versions of Miles, and has excellent chemistry with his wife (Aisling Bea). The downfall to this series is the confusing timeline during the middle of the season. Each episode switches back and forth between the perspectives of the different versions of Miles Eliot, in addition to bouncing around in each character’s timeline. A viewer could easily lose sight of which version of Miles is which, or when the story is taking place. The constant time jumps become unnecessarily confusing and complicated.

On a nicer note, “Living With Yourself” touches on societal themes that bring light to problems people go through everyday. People constantly go through hard times where they lose sight of their passion, and get stuck where there is no growth or happiness due to complications outside of their control. As a result, people often make impulsive decisions in order to heal the pain they feel during difficult periods. The series shows viewers how one can get out of a place of lousy complacency and move forward to a destination they desire.

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