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The Guardian calls the TV remake of this cult classic movie, so beloved of the grunge generation, as “too cool for its own good”. But if you watched the movie from 2000, starring John Cusack as a record store owner who re-hashes the five great heartbreaks of his life, you’ll know that if anything, mixtapes and vinyl and existential angst have only gotten more popular with time.
Add Zoë Kravitz in Cusack’s role in this reboot from Hulu, and you’ve hit some kind of nirvana level of coolness so supreme, not even Cotton On has made a T-shirt with its logo on it yet.
In this 10-episode series, Kravitz plays loveable f**k-up, 30-something Rob Brooks: the owner of a record store in Brooklyn, in a neighbourhood that’s being gentrified faster than you can say, “One bubble tea, please.” She employs her two best friends: Simon (David H Holmes) and Cherise (Da’Vine Joy Randolph – who is dazzling in this role).
Her ex-fiance, Mac, played by Kingsley Ben-Adir, dumped her a year ago and moved back to the city. Now she’s 30 and ruminating on the one who got away while taking us on a nostalgic trip down the music hall of fame. Yes, by the daughter of Lenny Kravitz. I mean: we warned you this would be cool.
Perhaps our only niggle, and it’s a small one, is that Kravitz is so ethereal, so carefully curated, that she feels like the trendy Instagram version of Cusack’s messy MySpace page. Other than this, get ready for a sweet and entertaining stroll through pop culture and romance. New episodes weekly on DStv Now.
IMDB rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 84%