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how i met your father

★★★

starring: hilary duff, Christopher lowell, francia raisa, and suraj sharma 

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.

Hands up. I haven’t seen How I Met Your Mother. I’m not sure how I missed it to be honest. So I come to How I Met Your Father without nostalgia or high expectations as a result of HIMYM. How I Met Your Father is a gentle, easy watch and binge worthy comedy with lovable characters to boot. 

In the near future, Sophie (Hilary Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. 

After a long day at work my wife and I don’t usually feel like watching some heavy, long drama. We’re looking for something light, short, and preferably funny. How I Met Your Father falls smack bang into the category. While it doesn’t hit the heights of legendary sitcoms of the last decade like The Office, Parks and Recreation, Schitt’s Creek, or Superstore, How I Met Your Father is a gentle comedy that doesn’t demand too much from its audience apart from to sit back and to relax. 

With the friend group in How I Met Your Father not completely established and forming throughout the show it’s an interesting observation and exploration on how young nearly 30 somethings make deep, meaningful relationships in an at times impersonal city life. There is also some great comedic mileage gained out of everything from modern dating methods like Tinder and Grindr and feeling as if you have to act ‘grown up’ when you reach a certain age and stage. 

While the rest of the cast are downright loveable, there’s no doubt that Hilary Duff is the star of this show. And she’s a perfect sitcom, rom-com star. As well as being extremely likeable with great fashion sense, Duff’s Sophie is both a starry eyed optimistic but also extremely grounded in her pursuit of love. Having been on 87 failed first dates in a row will probably do that to you.  

How I Met Your Father is a gentle, easy watch and binge worthy comedy with lovable characters to boot.

★★★