Talking to yourself just got a whole lot weirder in Netflix’s show “Living With Yourself.” This dark comedy, which premiered Oct. 18, masterfully uses camera angles to show different versions of the same person.
The show also answers the question of what it would be like if there were a world where people could clone themselves.
Miles Elliot (Paul Rudd), a man with a failing marriage and on the verge of being fired, decides he needs a change. A work friend recommends a spa to Miles, saying it’s a life-changing experience. Miles contacts the spa, withdraws $50,000 for the treatment and is ready to become a better version of himself.
Miles seems to get his wish granted only to later awake in a grave, which he must crawl out of and go home to find a happier clone of himself. After realizing both Mileses share the same memories, they recognize they’re the same person and they have to live with each other from now on.
There are scenes where both versions of Miles are having conversations out in the public, but it’s strange no one wonders why there are two people with strikingly similar bodies and personalities. No one ever says anything about it and treats the situation as if they’re twin brothers.
The relationship between Miles and his wife, Kate (Aisling Bea), creates several climactic moments throughout the show. Kate is the main reason Miles wants to better himself, but instead of seeking a therapist for help, he does something entirely different. Miles goes behind her back and clones himself. When Kate eventually finds out about clone Miles, she’s beyond furious but tries to understand her husband’s intentions without getting anymore confused.
“Living With Yourself” consists of eight 30-minute episodes, proving itself the perfect option for binge-watchers. The show alternates between the perspective of down-on-his-luck Miles and his exuberant clone.
The episodes are shorter than the average Netflix show, and the plot felt rushed, leaving some questions unanswered at the season finale. If the episodes were extended by 20 minutes, more points in the plot could have been covered. It hasn’t been stated if the show will be renewed for a second season.
The show addresses the limits of clone Miles’ ethical rights. Clone Miles demands to know why he doesn’t have the same life as the real Miles. Clone Miles argues with the downtrodden Miles about how grateful the real Miles should be for everything he has. Clone Miles also has to deal with the fact that while he may be a “better” version of Miles, society wouldn’t accept him because he’s a clone.
Rudd’s performance in portraying a curmudgeon and happy-go-lucky version of himself is a highlight of this show, demonstrating people have to deal with the worst parts of themselves in order to become better people. Miles throughout the season cleverly shows that sometimes in order to live his life, he must accept what he sees in his clone, both good and bad.
“Living With Yourself” is out now on Netflix.