The Netflix Original Danish Movie Fucking Liefde 2or Damn love too is a sequel to the 2019 film Fucking liefde, which followed Lisa through a divorce from Jack and a subsequent trip to Curacao with her friends. The sequel follows a similar format, swapping the Dutch Caribbean island for Spanish party town Ibiza. But was this second part necessary?
The essential: After a breakup with her new boyfriend Jim, Lisa accepts an old flame’s offer to come to Ibiza for a getaway with two of her friends. Meanwhile, his friends back home are all also navigating complicated love lives: Jack hides the fact that he knocked up another woman from his wife Cindy and Said tries to win his wife Bo back after a series of bad decisions. .
What will this remind you of? : The comedy in this film is so generic that it will remind you of almost any other film in this genre, but it shares some DNA with another Netflix original film from 2018, Ibiza.
Performance to watch: Nienke Plas as horny bachelor Kiki has the most fun on screen, followed by Maurits Delchot as Said, who, it must be said, is quite annoying in his constant antics but is totally committed.
Memorable dialogue: Kiki (Nienke Plas) has some good sexual one-liners, like when she mentions she packed a “pleasure pole” aka a vibrator, or refers to her vagina as a “dried-out box.”
Sex and skin: For how much sex we’re talking about, there’s nothing hot and heavy but a poorly designed dick pic.
Our opinion : Sequels should walk a line between calling back to the original film and being universal enough to invite new viewers into the fold. Damn love too unfortunately fails from the start in expecting audiences to immediately understand the complicated dynamic between this group of friends without giving much backstory.
Even without familiarity with the friendships and storylines at play, objectively the film tries to do too much and is unable to fully commit to any of them. Each cast member of the ensemble has their own plot, whether it’s Jack juggling his two baby mamas, Angela falling in love with Ibiza’s first gigolo, Kiki lamenting the lack of sex action she gets for cover her fears about marriage, Lisa deciding between her boyfriend Jim and a childhood crush, or Bo and Said resolving their marital issues. That’s a LOT to pack into a 90-minute runtime, and the movie really doesn’t devote enough screen time to any of them for them to land.
For a romantic comedy, the characters lack spark or chemistry. Bo and Said have the driest marriage and it’s unclear what keeps them together, especially since Said constantly makes fun of himself and their relationship. The writing doesn’t help, especially for Said’s character, as his arc is a series of unfortunate events we’ve all seen before: he accidentally releases a sex tape at a funeral instead of the tribute fond powerpoint planned; to spice up his marriage, he tries to send his wife a dick picture, but ends up sending it to their therapist instead and then breaks into her house to delete it. Jack doesn’t get better written, especially when his two baby mamas end up in the same delivery room and he tries to blame his infidelity on Said, who inexplicably almost lets his wife believe it to save Jack’s face. . It all seemed unoriginal and ingenious, and made the whole ordeal more of a chore than a fun game.
There’s not much to praise here except the fun Lisa, Kiki and Angela are having in Ibiza. Perhaps he should have taken a page from Ibiza and focused only on their journey.
Our call: TO JUMP. The film aims high but falls flat in every aspect.
Radhika Menon (@menonrad) is a television-obsessed writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared on Paste Magazine, Teen Vogue, Vulture and more. At any moment, she can ruminate at length on Friday Night Lights, the University of Michigan, and the perfect slice of pizza. You can call him Rad.