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Russian Doll Takes Groundhog Day to the Next Level: New at Reason

Netflix comedy about a time loop a quirky voyage of self-discovery.

'Russian Doll''Russian Doll,' NetflixHip, wisecracking and restlessly bored, Nadia slips out of the bathroom at her 36th birthday party for a booty call. Wham! She's hit by a taxi and the vision in her lifeless eyes fades to black—and then pops back into focus at that same bathroom mirror. Wow. What was in that joint? Better head home for bed, this time alone. Wham! She gets knocked into a river and drowns, only to show up at the mirror again. What the hell? An even swifter exit that ends in a neck-breaking fall down the stairs. Wham! And… .

Well, you get it. We're in a Groundhog Day-style time loop. Nadia is going to keep falling down sewers, getting smashed to pieces in car crashes, and freezing to death in homeless campsites until … well, until what? That's not at all clear. "The universe is trying to fuck with me," deduces Nadia. "And I refuse to engage." Television critic Glenn Garvin takes a closer look.

Photo Credit: 'Russian Doll,' Netflix

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