vasárnap, április 14, 2024

Lots of sex, a little story – Sexify (Season 1 – Netflix, 2021) review

Sexify’s undisguised commitment would be to share important thoughts about sex with its viewers and emphasize the importance of sexual awareness.

The story seems to provide a great framework for this: three graduate female students, Natalia (Aleksandra Skraba), Monika (Sandra Drzymalska), and Paulina (Maria Sobocinska) plan to enter a prestigious innovation competition with a phone app that helps women to achieve orgasm. However, to develop the app, the girls need to be thoroughly acquainted with all the ins and outs of female delight, the mysteries of which they themselves discover – or would rather discover – in front of the eyes of the viewers, thus sharing essential thoughts on sexuality.

Sexify: Maria Sobocinska as Paulina. Credit: NETFLIX © 2021

Unfortunately, however, we do not see anything of this for a long time. The first half of the eight-episode season is, without exaggeration, all about female college students having sex, talking about sex, or thinking about sex, maybe masturbating, without any kind of message, thought, or plot worth mentioning. By the end of the first episode, this becomes terribly tiring, and then we have three more episodes like this waiting for us… After repeatedly arriving from one of the unwarranted sex scenes to another while nothing substantial is happening, I began to seriously think about whether I was accidentally watching the dormant sex fantasies of an 18-year-old hormone-stricken teen? How much the whole thing got exaggerate perhaps well indicated by the fact that we see the main character Natalia’s breasts sooner than her face, or that one of her girlfriends, Monika, initially has no role for a time other than to lie down with literally every oncoming guy.

Don’t get me wrong! The problem is not that there is a lot of sex in a series about sex, but that in the meantime, Sexify also forgets to actually be about something. And perhaps it is unfortunate that in a series that seeks to share sexual knowledge in principle, the main theme (you know, sex) is depicted with the man and the woman pushing down their pants, and then “the hammer drill starts”. That’s it. Because it is an authentic representation of sex…

Sexify: Jan Wieteska as Adam and Aleksandra Skraba as Natalia. Credit: NETFLIX © 2021

So, the first four episodes were real suffering to watch through. In any case, by the turn of the second half of the season, perhaps the makers also felt that this wouldn’t be enough in this form, so the story gets more emphasis from the fifth episode and the sex is somewhat pushed into the background. This is really good for the series, as the drama will finally start, there will be reasons to be excited, and even one or two really important thoughts will be formulated. Plus, so that the actresses who play the protagonists can finally really do a bit of acting instead of the constant sex, some of them even turn out to be quite talented.

However, even though the second half of the season works much better, some problems, unfortunately, don’t go away, and even new ones come up! The former includes the three or four terribly annoying songs that the creators cut into every scene, or that the jokes still don’t work very well, and the latter are exemplified by the dialogues, which turn out to be embarrassingly weak just when they should be about something important.

Sexify: Maria Sobocinska as Paulina and Piotr Pacek as Mariusz. Credit: KRZYSZTOF WIKTOR/NETFLIX © 2021

However, despite the many negatives, I can’t say I hated Sexify all the way through. It’s not a good series, but in its own somewhat clumsy way, it works at times. In any case, if someone is looking for a series on a similar topic, Netflix’s Sex Education is probably a better choice.