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After her boyfriend of five years abruptly breaks up with her over a casual lunch, Jules is forced to recover her identity outside of the relationship. Dollface charts her journey back into singledom and re-entry into the world of female friendship. Quirky, at times goofy, and littered with pop-culture references, this sitcom explores the frustrations of rediscovering yourself and the challenges of rekindling neglected friendships.
Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, WandaVision) leads the cast, alongside the talented Brenda Song (Station 19), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), and Esther Povitsky (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). The show is created by Jordan Weiss, who also serves as an executive producer along with Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley.
An original, relatable comedic take on starting over after a break-up, the show’s title, Dollface, refers to the nickname our protagonist’s ex-boyfriend gave her, which she hates. In keeping with the theme of rediscovering identity outside of coupledom, the episodes are all named after labels like “Homebody,” “Fun Friend,” and “Beauty Queen,” and often challenge the characters to embrace or defy them.
In search of emotional support, Jules attempts to reconnect with two college besties also living in Los Angeles, but quickly has to gain some self-awareness of her hurtful actions and frustrating behaviors that led to the neglect of these longstanding friendships. Each member of Jules’ core group of friends embodies a distinct personality. Stella, played by Mitchell, is a carefree party girl, while Song’s character Madison is a driven careerist. Jules also develops a friendship at her workplace — a Gwenyth Paltrow-esque wellness company by the name of Woöm, run by recurring guest star Malin Akerman — with Povitsky’s Izzy, who makes for an endearing addition to the group.
Dollface lets viewers’ imaginations run wild with recurring dream sequences that tease the internal anxiety associated with starting fresh and the unbreakable rules of the girl code. These segments of magical realism, which often feature a lady with a cat head (voiced by the wonderful Beth Grant), are almost like insights into Jules’ psyche and the emotional labor needed to put yourself back together after a difficult breakup. To add interest to the episodes, Dollface consistently leans on guest stars, including Dave Coulier, Joey Lawrence, and Macaulay Culkin (who recently became engaged to Song in real life).
Dollface explores big ideas surrounding the necessity and value of female friendship and the frustrations of millennial womanhood, but the series manages to make it light, with surreal humor and playful punchlines sprinkled throughout.
Anybody who’s exited a long-term relationship…or lost a dear friend to relationship black hole. Or watch this one with the girlfriends you never want to lose. Millennial woman in particular will find it relatable.