Girlboss Review

This review is about a month late, but better late than never, right?

Girlboss is a Netflix original show that began streaming in late April. The show is apparently loosely based on the life of Sophia Amoruso who founded the online retail shop “Nasty Gal.” I had never heard of her or her shop before this show, but based on what I’ve seen in the show, I probably can’t afford any of her merchandise anyway.

This show is full of energy. We watch Sophia, played by Britt Robertson, flit around the screen from one venture to another as she attempts to find a way to make a lot of money with minimal effort. She is determined to not have to give up her wonderful, and probably horrendously expensive, apartment and move back in with her dad, but she’s also decided that having a boss is not for her. She realizes that she has a talent for spotting great deals on vintage clothes and takes to eBay to start selling.

Sophia’s charm and humor help to cover up her fairly narcissistic tendencies. Her bluntness is often played off as charming or enduring, when it’s actually pretty rude most of the time. She is quick to sell out other people in her journey to become a wealthy boss lady. However, this is acknowledged in the show and becomes pretty integral into the story itself, which makes it forgivable.

The actual timeline of the story is a little fuzzy as well. There were moments were it seemed to jump inexplicably forward. Luckily, the timeline didn’t seem to be all that important to the story itself because I kept watching and enjoying it, even when I wasn’t sure what year we were in. I mean, I love That 70’s Show and their timeline is the most confusing one I’ve ever encountered on TV (seriously, watch the whole series and try to figure out how time works in the Foreman house), so clearly timing isn’t always everything.

If you don’t like cursing or girls making raunchy jokes, then this show won’t be for you. Britt Robertson and her onscreen BFF (Ellie Reed) help serve as another example that women can make just as many dirty sex jokes as men can. Their friendship and witty banter are where the show gets most of its charm. Robertson’s romantic interest, Johnny Simmons, is cute but their onscreen chemistry has nothing on Robertson and Reed.

In short, if you are looking for a fun, fast-paced, woman centered comedy, then I highly recommend checking out Girlboss. It kept me hooked for all 13 episodes and left me hungry for more.

Have you seen Girlboss? Leave a comment and let me know what you think about it! Feel free to share any recommendations of shows or movies you’d like me to review.


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I am a mother, partner, teacher, daughter, writer, and blogger. I'm working on turning my private hobby into a public one, whether the public asked for it or not. I have a BA in theatre and a Master's in Education (with a Montessori integration), making me a highly overqualified internet ranter.

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