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But, while the film has got us firmly in the Christmas mood, fans have been sharing the same complaint about the movie, and they're not happy with a pretty major plot point.
Warning: spoilers ahead.
Love Hard centres around journalist Natalie (Nina Dobrev), who's had a series of bad luck with dating and writes a column about her nightmare experiences.
After matching with Josh on a dating app, she decides to fly all the way across the US to surprise him for Christmas (despite having never met IRL) - only to realise she's been catfished and that the real Josh (Jimmy O. Yang) had used pictures of a totally different person (his schoolmate Tag, played by Darren Barnet).
Inevitably, as this is a festive rom com after all, Natalie and Josh still end up falling for each other despite the catfishing, and viewers reckon the plot sends out totally the wrong message.
One Twitter user wrote that the film was "really justifying catfish," while another added, "Okay, this movie seems to be going in the direction of her ending up with her catfish....which is pretty stupid and an awful lesson."
Meanwhile, another viewer shared their thoughts on the message the film sends about catfishing, writing, "Catfishes always are intentional. #LoveHard. This movie gone be strange if she end up with him period. Bc he doesn't have a sense of what's right lol starting at the beginning [sic]."
Catfishes always are intentional. #LoveHard
This movie gone be strange if she end up with him period. Bc he doesnt have a sense of whats right lol starting at the beginning.
— Cookie Monster (@AmaizenT) November 8, 2021
On a lighter note, a fourth also pointed out that the film appears to have taken nothing from the years of stories that have been shared about catfishes, writing, "Catfish: The TV Show has been on the air for NINE YEARS and Netflix is releasing a movie where the heroin flies across the country to meet someone she met on a dating app without video chatting?" alongside a GIF which reads "Is nothing sacred?"
Catfish: The TV Show has been on the air for NINE YEARS and Netflix is releasing a movie where the heroin flies across the country to meet someone she met on a dating app without video chatting? #LoveHard pic.twitter.com/nl2173rtv0
— Myles McNutt (@Memles) November 8, 2021
Here's how the rest of Twitter reacted:
Watching LoveHard on Netflix and I have a feeling the feel good ending is the catfish and his victim getting together for an HEA. And I’m telling you right now- nope! I don’t want it!
— EYE CONTACT & CONFIDENCE 👁💋 (@RevereRomance) November 7, 2021
Can we talk about Love Hard for a second, I have not seen it but based on the trailer, the only acceptable ending is her ending up on her own loving herself.
1) Rewarding a catfish is a terrible message.
2) Choosing the actual person over them is worse.
— James Wood (@OddGayHepburn) November 7, 2021
Not only did Josh catfish Natalie, he also made her agree to be his fake girlfriend and did her dirty by proposing in public and in front of his family. Ugh, I don't want Natalie to be with Tags but Josh needs to man up?#LoveHard
— Conn (@ConnflakesNY) November 7, 2021
Both of these people are batshit crazy. Who the fuck catfishes someone? Who the fuck FLIES TO SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH SOMEONE AFTER TWO WEEKS??? Insane #LoveHard
— lottie (@lottiecalamari) November 7, 2021
Okay, this movie seems to be going in the direction of her ending up with her catfish....which is pretty stupid and an awful lesson #LoveHard
— I'M A VAMPIYA I'M A VAMPIYA I'M A VAMPIYA (@nameam16) November 7, 2021
Still, if festive vibes are what you're after, there are plenty to go around.
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