Exploring the art of storytelling.
I’ll admit, I didn’t even give “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” a chance this past fall because of the title. But as the months went on, I kept hearing praise for this musical comedy. Then, star Rachel Bloom won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical. So, I decided to check it out, and I’m glad I did.
I love musical theater. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” illustrates exactly how a musical would work in real life. The main character would sing about whatever is on his/her mind. Rebecca sang about pretzels, love, how she wasn’t crazy, and about getting ready for a night out. As she sang, the extras in the background performed choreography, making it feel even more like a staged musical. Also, whenever she started singing, a spotlight shined on her, as if she were actually on stage.
While getting ready for the house party, Rebecca performed a musical number titled “The Sexy Getting Ready Song.” For half of the song, Rebecca struggled to curl her hair and put on make-up in her messy bathroom. In the other half, she seductively danced around in her underwear with four backup dancers. These two different scenarios illustrated the contrast of expectation/fantasy versus reality.
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is extremely relatable. I can tell that this show is created by women because it accurately represents how many women think and act. I’ve totally been that girl who’s sat staring at my phone for hours waiting for a guy to text me back. And like most women, I overthink everything just as Rebecca did about Josh’s relationship status. Rebecca found out that Josh had a girlfriend even though it said that he was single on his Facebook profile. Both Rebecca and Paula thought the same thing: if he’s listed as single on Facebook, it means he’s not serious about his relationship with his girlfriend. I’m on the same wavelength as them. If a guy ever wants to know how women think, they just need to watch this episode.
I admire Rebecca Bunch. She’s a successful woman who takes risks. I found it inspiring that she quit an amazing job opportunity to follow her happiness (granted, I wouldn’t change my whole life for an ex-boyfriend from summer camp, but still). It was inspiring to see Rebecca start over in a place completely alien to her. And it’s not like Rebecca is perfect; in fact, she’s far from it. She’s not the cookie cutter sexualized Barbie doll that many woman are represented as on TV. She’s more complicated than that. She has many flaws. As we saw from her web searches, mountains of pill bottles, and references to a past suicide attempt, Rebecca has been struggling. The story didn’t focus on this part of Rebecca’s life, but introduced it in a respectful manner and allowed us to better understand where she was coming from. Rebecca is extremely relatable, and I’m already rooting for her.
My one complaint about “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend:” the title. The title was the very reason I didn’t watch this show in the first place. I thought it was going to be a show making fun of a girl who can’t get over her ex. I expected the main character to be one dimensional with little aspirations. But Rebecca is so much more than that. She shouldn’t be defined by how she relates to a man.