If I'm Being Honest

Netflix’s original comedic anthology series “Easy” features a wide cast of individuals, contemporary romantic technology, and a look at the city’s culture. It’s not uncommon for a married couple to want to rekindle their sex life, or for a married pair to want to spice things up with another lady.

A new kind of relationship is explored in each episode of Easy and if you love dramas with awkward situations this is definitely for you. Chicago is the backdrop for each story. This isn’t the first time that Swanberg has used his hometown as a background, but “Easy” elevates the experience to the point that it reads like a love letter to the city’s north side.

Swanberg’s strong cast is the film’s main selling point. The cast includes Orlando Bloom, Marc Maron, Emily Ratajkowski, Jake Johnson, Dave Franco, Malin Akerman, Aya Cash, Hannibal Buress, and a whole lot more. There’s a lot of impressive skill on display here, not only in terms of the comic abilities, but also in the famous status of some of these guest actors. 

People will want  to watch this program because of the talent on display, which is why it’s so upsetting that so many of these actors feel like they were wasted. Everyone is doing a fantastic job, but the task they’re doing doesn’t seem very tough or illuminating. For certain performers, such as Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress, it’s as if they’re haunted by their past selves when they leave the set. They’re completely overshadowed by the major headlines and don’t even make an appearance.

Because Swanberg authored and directed all eight episodes rather than bringing in various like-minded persons to shoot each episode, the dialogue is top-notch. It’s not necessary to be a chameleon in order to do an anthology series, and someone like Swanberg, who has a distinct style, is a better fit for this sort of project.

Swanberg’s decision on whether or not to continue creating additional episodes of Easy is up in the air. If he doesn’t do it, he’ll miss out on a great deal of material he might have used in his films. It’s time for Netflix to consider offering this kind of content to other producers as well.

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