Inspired by the true story of Sophia Amoruso, Girlboss is the latest feature on Netflix. Sophia is seen as a young adult working odd jobs just to get by, who ended up establishing a fashion brand Nasty Gal worth millions of dollars. The series is a loose adaptation of Amoruso’s New York Times best-selling autobiographical book #Girlboss, a “really loose” one at that if we were to go by the show.
Based on the first episode, it seems Britt Robertson’s Sophia is a
bratty SUPER bratty, rebellious girl who also seems borderline psychotic. The way she behaves, she might as well throw a tantrum over not getting her favourite flavoured ice-cream. Props to Robertson for making her seem a bit more natural in her self-centredness. It is quite a challenge to be able to empathise with such a wayward girl who goes from having a near emotional breakdown to a euphoric elation upon finding an “original, 1970s east west, calf-skin, motorcycle jacket in perfect condition,” (Yes, they make you remember that).
Given Sophia’s moody irrationality, Girlboss is a show that teenagers, especially girls, would very much be able to relate to. She’s rebellious, troublesome and oblivious to the fact that she is. On the plus side, by making her seem as unappealing as possible, it also leaves a lot of room for the character to really come into her own and mature as a person.
Bearing with Sophia’s behaviour could be taxing, to say the least, but, given her ain’t-got-no-shit-to-give attitude, she works for such a raw comedy drama. Speaking of that, the humour is not as great as one would expect it to be. The only way for the comedy to not be lame in Girlboss is by resorting to profanity (not that we are complaining).
Girlboss is not something that you have never seen before because, let’s face it, it’s like ever other adult chick-flick. But, it is a very light-minded comedy that is perfect for easy binge-watching for you over this weekend.