Mindy Kaling apparently holds the monopoly on eccentric youth comedy. With the resounding success of “Never have I ever” (2020-), Kaling reappeared on the comedy stage and found a new base. Now she continues with “The Sex Lives of College Girls” (2021-), a complex but fun story of four roommates and their exploits. While maintaining a similar style and tone, “The sex life of female studentsâBrings a more nuanced and socially prudent emphasis to Kalingit’s comedy. The show is best when it does just that: use light comedy to comment on the traumas and larger folds of the college experience.
The show follows four roommates, all of whom have individual stories and struggles. There’s Leighton (ReneÃ© Rapp), a rich heritage student who hides her sexuality; Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott), the daughter of a senator struggling with an affair with her football coach; Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet), a more inexperienced student who tries to juggle her normal work-study and hobbies in college; and Bela (Amrit Kaur), an aspiring comedy writer who faces trauma in his attempt to engage in the famous school comedy journal. This core set each experiences their own trials of university life, specifically related to gender, but also through the dimensions of class, power and identity.
To begin with, a base qualifier must be put there. In writing about this show, I have a necessarily limited perspective, given that I’m a man who reviews a show called “The sex life of female students.” Although the show is generally relevant and applicable to all audiences, the show has a specific message on femininity and gender experience that I cannot comment on. While I think this review may be holistic in nature, I recommend looking for good woman-id journalism on the series.
That being said, the show is for the most part just plain fun. The show follows the generalized comic tropes of Kaling’s previous shows, making itself almost sitcom-like in nature. That way the series is somewhat intoxicating – it will make you laugh, but also intrigue you and want to move on to the next episode. In addition, the stylistic choice to follow four different lives equally, and not to have a singular lead, allows the show to be fast and never long. If you don’t like a script, there’s no need to worry: the plot will end soon enough.
The show also has phenomenal acting skills, which is to be praised. All four tracks do an incredible job, all bringing a real nuance and a real dimension to their rather one-sided characters. The show throws up budding young talent, which allows it to maintain its lightness because the relative anonymity of the actors can help to reproduce the feeling of being new to the university. The supporting characters also provide an important storyline, with some of them defining the show. Special thanks go to Ilia IsorelÃ½s Paulino and Christopher Meyer, who play Kimberly’s colleagues. These are the dynamic secondary characters that allow each of the main characters to be properly fleshed out.
As stated in the title, the show does important commentary on sex and sexuality in an academic setting. The show presents sex in its ups and downs, and features an important discussion of sex politics. This provides a more serious and topical context to the show than some of the Kaling ‘s others. The show is comical in nature, but is still able to discuss topics such as sexual harassment, sex addiction and the role of age in sex. These conversations are important and give the show immense value beyond its mere enjoyment.
Finally, it is important to engage in some of the Common social media review of the show. Many on platforms like TikTok and Twitter believe the series is showing its age, in that it’s clear that it was written by an older writing team. Specifically, a clip from the show went viral on TIC Tac in which Bela said, âIt’s the dress! Fire emoji, head exploding emoji, tongue hanging out emoji. “The criticism is clear: who says emojis out loud? This misstep reflects a broader criticism of the media, as programs directed and written about young people are not necessarily written by these same young people. Thus, cultural references may not match. Yet while I think the criticism is valid for the series, the good outweighs the bad. At some point, we give up crying our teeth at the false representations of their generation and falling into simple plot and comedy.
In all, “The sex life of students” can be one of Kaling’s most successful projects to date. While some critics argue the series could have delved into its heaviest topics even further., Kaling attempts to approach pressing social issues in a light and clear manner.. The show is able to achieve both sides of the coin: being a simple fun comedy, but also tackling larger issues.