"Can't Cope, Won't Cope," now streaming on Netflix, is the perfect show for college students. The show follows Irish party girls, Aisling and Danielle, on their rough and awkward path to "adulting." To the protagonists, avoiding responsibility is a top priority, and going out every night is ingrained in their personalities.
To say their lives are chaotic would be a compliment. Despite wishing for a happy resolution to their mayhem, I was surprised to find satisfaction in the downward spiral they face — similar to that of popping a really good pimple.
From missing job interviews to destroying their own friendship, their addiction to Irish nightlife and their individual codependent behaviors slowly ruins almost every aspect of their lives. While this sounds unpleasant, the screenplay, plot and 23 minute long episodes make for a perfect, binge-watchable disaster.
Without giving away any major spoilers, I can confirm that "Can't Cope, Won't Cope" is one of the most realistic coming-of-age "dramedies" I have watched as of late.
I fully expected Aisling and Danielle's difficulties to be solved by a stroke of luck, carefully written into the screenplay by the writers. To my surprise, this was not the case. Aisling and Danielle's problems are not suddenly resolved by any sort of mystical luck or by the people around them, and as a result, they fall in consequence of their actions.
This cause and effect aspect of the plot is a valuable lesson because it reminds viewers that an endless amount of chances does not actually exist, even though this is how it ends up in most movies and television.
What I gained personally from the moral of Aisling and Danielle's story was to not take things for granted. If things are going to work out, people have to prepare to put in the effort, because it is quite likely one's luck is going to run out quicker than they think.