Sexify, the Polish comedy series, sees the three women out of college in season 2. They are about to launch their Sexify app. They managed to create a sex app without knowing anything about sex. Now they’re running a business without knowing anything about business. Lots of disasters are involved.
Sexify continues with the raunchy humor, frank talk, and nudity established for this feminist comedy in season 1. The three main characters struggle to maintain their independence and autonomy while running a business, their own personal lives, and dealing with interference from outside interests.
Paulina (Maria Sobocinska) is the researcher on the team, although she’s actually an artist. Monika (Sandra Drzymalska) is the programmer. She’s brilliant, autistic, and desperate to actually have sex herself. Natalia (Aleksandra Skraba) has connections and knows how to raise money.
These three rent office space, hire employees, and have a big party to launch the app. The electricity goes off at that exact moment. They haven’t paid their bills. They are broke.
Two new characters enter the story. Unfortunately, IMDb doesn’t have the updated cast for season 2 so I can’t give you names for them. The first is a successful business woman who knows how to run things. She buys half interest in the app. She sends a man to oversee things and he starts giving orders – who to fire (almost everyone), what to do with brand new cars and expensive hotel rooms – he’s got the money advice.
When they think they’re good to go with the app again, they learn that Rafal (Kamil Wodka) and some other college friends have stolen their code to make an app for men called Sexiguy. Well, that won’t do. Several solutions are tried to deal with Sexiguy.
The lives of the women mirror the issues with the app(s). Monika and her live-in boyfriend Adam (Jan Wieteska) can’t get their personal lives on track. Paulina is still trying to decide if she likes men or women – the idea of liking both hasn’t hit her yet. Natalia is making selfless decisions to help the company. Something new for this usually completely selfish character.
A major theme in this comedy series has been the women seeking success and autonomy on their own merits, without taking orders from men or asking for help from parents. A couple of times in season 2, this principle seemed in danger of bending, but it all worked out in the end.
What finally happened with the app(s) was a surprise, but the growth and maturity the women gained from their experiences in season 2 were worth the struggle.
The Polish style comedy and the way music is used combine to make this comedy series very different from an American show. I quite enjoyed it and wanted the women characters to find themselves and settle into their lives. I didn’t think season 2 was as good as season 1, but it was worth watching.
Kalina Alabrudzinska directed every episode, which she co-created with Agata Gerc. If Netflix has other projects lined up from this creative team, I will be first in line to watch.