Mating for Life features an aging folk singer and her three grown daughters. Unfortunately, Marissa Stapley doesn’t stop with those four women, but instead incorporates a number of other characters including the girlfriend of the man who works at the marina and the daughter of the boyfriend of one of the women. With so many characters in a constantly shifting narration, it was impossible to relate to any of them. Mating for Life frequently felt like someone was relating a boring story of “and then this happened.” When Stapley initially introduced the main female characters, Mating for Life promised to be a drama-filled look at a family who went in different directions; but the numerous subplots made it all too scattered and disconnected.
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