Hulu’s ‘The Ultimate Playlist of Noise’ is a lesson in how not to write a female love interest

I was a little worried about Hulu’s recent film release, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, even before I watched it. The trailer teased a fair amount of young adult entertainment tropes, including that of the sick-teen-in-love, found in films like The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and Five Feet Apart (2019), based on young adult novels written by John Green and Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. But it also promised a story with romance, road trips, and rock music. So I thought to myself, how bad could it be?
As it turns out, pretty bad. And while there are many reasons (from the film’s shaky handling of mental illness to the farfetched story itself) why I could scream Don’t waste your time watching this coming-of-age tale when there are so many better ones out there, Wendy — the film’s central love interest — is perhaps the single biggest problem. In order to understand why Wendy is a terribly written character, however, we have to take a deeper look at this film’s plot. Here’s your warning that, yes, there will be a lot of spoilers about the film’s romance. Read more…More about Young Adult, Hulu Original, Entertainment, Movies Tv Shows, and Streaming Services
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