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The reference to When Harry Met Sally appears early in Platonic. This new Apple TV+ comedy knows that Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron's movie is its mother. In that mythical film, Harry and Sally, also mythical Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, ended up together. Platonically's protagonists, played by Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen, surely shouldn't. That would be the happy ending of the series, which confirms its premise that a man and a woman can be only friends, without necessarily one of the two having to be homosexual. Both Sylvia (Byrne) and Will (Rogen) are very straight, but their bond was neither sexual nor romantic. They meet again after his divorce and rediscover their friendship in a life journey that, despite being a midlife crisis manually, could not be more fun.
It helps that the chemistry between Byrne and Rogen is superlative and that Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller, creators of the series, are very busy in comedies about reaching 40 and still not understanding what the pod is about. That was the nice series Friends of College and the movie Bros. From this last and failed gay rom-com, Stoller and Delbanco recover the handsome and insipid Luke MacFarlane, whose interpretation of Sylvia's surplus perfect husband reinforces Platonist's thesis, as comical as adult: you can love and desire your ideal husband very much but also need another less ideal man to make your life better. Yes, my dear: your best friend could be an uncle. One that likes women, too.
All this could give rise to a vaudeville based on misunderstandings and confusions, which is just what Platonic is not.
Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen, in addition to the latest proof of the economic power of the Apple series, are two magnificent comedians. She knows how to vulgarize her natural elegance (she already did it in the interesting Physical, on the same platform) and he, epitome of the scruffy, disastrous and cheerleading turkey, is able to transmit the same security that his character generates to Sylvia. Together they do a very special magic, magic that Platónico needs because that's what it's about: connecting with someone in a special but not romantic way. Like Friends of College and Bros, this new series has a trace of existential anguish that viewers who are in a vital moment similar to Sylvia and Will's will appreciate (or not). It is not a comedy built as a machine gun of brilliant phrases and crazy situations, but they also have that and their protagonists are not scared when they have to go from Woody Allen to Kimmy Schmidt.
She is a housewife who regrets having stopped working; He will help you recognize it and perhaps change it. He has to mature, more out of dignity than decency; She will be the one who drives you to do it. Along the way they will recover what they had and that, as Platonic says, is much more enviable than a husband with the craftsmanship and docility of an inflatable doll. Who has a friend...
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