I Love You, and It Hurts 2023 / A teen romance jam-packed with social issues and cringey musical numbers


At its core, this series is a socio-economic commentary wrapped in heavy discrimination of poor and queer communities with a sprinkle of Disney Channel music numbers. It tackles issues like gentrification, climate change, the refugee crisis, and homophobia, but even for a teen drama, this all feels like too much, especially since it forwards a forbidden romance above all else. It tries to save face with music; the show uses songs and musical expression to bridge the divide between the people about to lose their neighborhood and the rich kids oblivious to it all. But the talent show quality eclipses the impact. One should expect the large cast and storylines to iron themselves out after two episodes, but with the class-difference romance carrying the bulk of the story forward, the investment isn’t worth it.

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