The Danish Netflix Original film F*ck de Liefde 2, or F*ck Love Too, is a sequel to the 2019 movie F*ck de liefde, which followed Lisa through a divorce with Jack and a subsequent trip to Curaçao with her friends. The sequel follows a similar format, trading the Dutch Caribbean island for Spain’s party city Ibiza. But was this second installment needed?
The Gist: After a breakup with her new boyfriend Jim, Lisa takes up an old flame’s offer to come to Ibiza for a getaway with two of her friends. Meanwhile, her friends back home are all also navigating complicated love lives: Jack is hiding the fact that he knocked up another woman from his wife Cindy and Said is trying to win back his wife Bo after a series of bad decisions.
What Will It Remind You Of?: The comedy of this film is so generic that it will remind you of almost every other film in this genre, but it does share some DNA with another Netflix original film from 2018, Ibiza.
Performance Worth Watching: Nienke Plas as the horny bachelorette Kiki is having the most fun on screen followed by Maurits Delchot as Said, who, it should be said, is quite annoying in his constant antics but is wholly committed to the bit.
Memorable Dialogue: Kiki (Nienke Plas) has some good sexual one-liners, like when she mentions she packed a “pleasure pole” aka a vibrator, or referring to her vagina as a “dried up box.”
Sex and Skin: For how much sex is talked about, there is nothing hot and heavy save for an ill-conceived dick pic.
Our Take: Sequels have to tread a line between calling back to the original film and being universal enough to invite new viewers into the fold. F*ck Love Too unfortunately fails at this right off the bat by expecting audiences to understand the complicated dynamics between this friend group immediately without giving much backstory.
Even without familiarity of the friendships and storylines at play, objectively the film is trying to do too many things and is unable to commit to any of them fully. Each member of the ensemble cast has their own plot, whether it’s Jack juggling his two baby mamas, Angela falling in love with Ibiza’s premier gigolo, Kiki lamenting about the lack of sexual action she’s getting as a cover for her fears about marriage, Lisa deciding between her boyfriend Jim and a childhood crush, or Bo and Said working out their marital issues. It’s A LOT to pack into a 90 minute runtime, and the film really doesn’t dedicate enough screen time to any of them for them to land.
For a rom-com, the characters lack any spark or chemistry. Bo and Said have the driest marriage and it’s unclear what is keeping them together, especially as Said constantly makes a fool of both himself and their relationship. The writing doesn’t help, especially for Said’s character, as his arc is a series of unfortunate events that we’ve all seen before: he accidentally broadcasts a sex tape at a funeral instead of the intended loving powerpoint homage; to spice up his marriage he tries sending a dick pic to his wife, but ends up sending it to their therapist instead and subsequently breaks into her house to delete it. Jack is not written any better, especially when his two baby mamas end up in the same delivery room and he tries to pin his infidelity on Said, who inexplicably almost lets his wife believe that in order to save face for Jack. All of it felt unoriginal and ingenuine, and made the entire ordeal a slog instead of a fun romp.
There’s little to praise here except the fun that Lisa, Kiki, and Angela have in Ibiza. Perhaps it should have taken a page from Ibiza and focused on their journey only.
Our Call: SKIP IT. The film aims high but falls flat in every aspect.
Radhika Menon (@menonrad) is a TV-obsessed writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared on Paste Magazine, Teen Vogue, Vulture and more. At any given moment, she can ruminate at length over Friday Night Lights, the University of Michigan, and the perfect slice of pizza. You may call her Rad.