Love With Benefits is a Thai BL series about two bickering actors who cannot get along. The costars are instructed to live together in the same house to build their on-screen chemistry. As the days pass, their cozy living arrangement helps to ease any animosity and improve their relationship.
Although the concept behind Love With Benefits isn't that bad, this series is pretty underwhelming. The plot never picks up steam, developing all the predictable storylines boringly. It also suffers from a juvenile romance, uninspired tropes, and aggravating characters.
Love With Benefits Summary
Love With Benefits the Series
Around 3 hours
Cute and sweet
Around 40 minutes
Play and First are costars in an upcoming BL series. However, the production team doesn't think they have enough chemistry in their scenes together. They are instructed to live together in the same house for ten days. Their objective is to develop a closer bond before shooting the drama.
Initially, Play and First don't get along due to a personality clash. The two actors would bicker over their living arrangement, sharing little in common together. Play also has many quirks, such as his fondness for popsicles. His eccentric behaviour gets on First's nerves all the time.
On the first night, Play is disturbed by mysterious voices that he hears in his bedroom. The same phenomenon occurs for a second night, making him believe ghosts might haunt the house. He loses sleep, which affects his performances in the acting workshop. A frightened Play asks First if they can sleep together in the same room. As they spend more time together, their hostility begins to ease up.
Love With Benefits Series Trailer
Love With Benefits Cast
Gameplay Garnpaphon Laolerkiat (เกมเพลย์ กาญจน์ปพน เล่าลือเกียรติ)
Play is one of the actors in an upcoming BL drama. He has a slightly childish personality, accentuated by various quirks. Play loves eating popsicles and stocks the fridge with dozens of his favourite sweets.
Gameplay Garnpaphon Laolerkiat
Gameplay Garnpaphon Laolerkiat (เกมเพลย์ กาญจน์ปพน เล่าลือเกียรติ) is a Thai actor. He is born on March 26, 1994. His first BL project is the 2015 series, Love Sick 2. He also starred in He She It (2019), Ingredients (2020), Bite Me (2021), Love With Benefits (2021), and Work From Heart (2022).
Folk Jakrin Sangruan (โฟล์ค จักริน แสงเรือน)
First is one of the leading actors in a BL series. He is more low-maintenance than his costar Play, and they often get into tiffs over their living arrangement. First doesn't know how to cook.
Best Vittawin Veeravidhayanant (เบส วิธวินท์ วีระวิทยานันต์)
Max Detter (อชิระ เอทเตอร์)
Frong Supachai Kaewmongkol (ศุภชัย แก้วมงคล)
Thitiphong Phaophan (ธิติพงศ์ เผ่าพันธ์)
Kanat Naktanomsub (ฆนัท นาคถนอมทรัพย์)
Lalipas Siridusitsin (ลลิภัสร์ สิริดุสิตศิลป์)
- Play is portrayed by the actor Gameplay, who starred in various BL dramas. His portfolio includes the 2019 movie He She It, 2020 BL webseries Ingredients, and the 2021 drama Bite Me.
- Gameplay and his costar Fluke starred in the 2022 BL comedy series Work From Heart. They portray coworkers who begin an office flirtation.
- Pluto's actor Best also appeared in numerous BL series. He stars in the steamy 2022 BL drama Check Out. He also had roles in I Am Your King (2017), Love by Chance (2018), and The Best Twins (2019).
- Chai's actor (Max Detter) is one of the secondary couples in the 2023 comedy series Venus in the Sky. He also has a supporting role in Work From Heart (2022).
Love With Benefits Review
Drama Review Score: 5.6
Love With Benefits is a poorly executed BL drama with lousy storytelling, mediocre acting, and a juvenile romance. It starts out okay, but the quality steadily declines with each passing episode. Before the midway point, you realize the series is incapable of getting any better. The plots won't make sense, the romance won't turn interesting, and the characters won't become likable. There's little about Love With Benefits that seems particularly promising.
Maybe with a sharper script, Love With Benefits can be redeemed. The concept of two BL actors living together has potential and might lead to some fun scenarios. However, the events don't play out compellingly in the narrative. There are many generic tropes, which you've seen before from other series, except they're done worse in Love With Benefits. Any scene meant to be silly and comical comes across as dumb and immature instead. Every moment feels underwhelming, like it could be executed better with more talented writers.
Love With Benefits is missing many building blocks that form a meaningful BL relationship. Play and First have an okay dynamic as feuding costars, but their rapport lacks substance. The early scenes are frivolous and don't convey an amorous connection between the leads. It's odd the characters suddenly go from antagonistic to romantic when their bond hasn't developed to that stage. Later, the useless love triangle complicates a pairing that already seems flimsy. Despite the occasional displays of physical intimacy, I'm left unsatisfied by this lacklustre romance.
The leads are unremarkable in their roles. Play's actor (Gameplay) is decent but not charismatic enough to carry all the scenes. His screen partner First (Folk) lacks enthusiasm and doesn't give a memorable performance. Their rapport with each other is average at best. While the relationship isn't totally devoid of chemistry, the passion feels lukewarm instead of blazing hot. Also, there's an annoying comic relief character in the supporting cast. Penelope goes overboard with wacky antics and zany energy, which doesn't vibe with the other low-key performers.
As Love With Benefits progresses, I keep shaking my head in frustration. I'm upset by the boring storylines with generic tropes, an awkward romance that falls flat, and childish characters who have shallow personalities. My expectations keep lowering after each episode, but this underachieving series still manages to disappoint me. By the time I finish the finale, I don't care anymore. I've moved on to another BL drama that feels way more invigorating. Let's leave our memories of Love With Benefits in a neglected compartment and watch something better instead.
Although the premise has potential, Love With Benefits doesn't execute its plot interestingly or coherently. The generic narrative goes downhill with each passing episode.
The BL romance in Love With Benefits feels generic. There's nothing about this mediocre love story that stands out in a crowded genre.
The acting is okay, but it doesn't have particularly strong performances from either of the leads. Their chemistry with each other is lukewarm at best.
I respect that Love With Benefits doesn't go for a typically happy ending where all the conflicts get resolved. Nonetheless, the conclusion is poorly written like the rest of the series.
Lack of artistry
Love With Benefits is mostly filmed inside the same house, so the visuals can get pretty boring. The artistry and production values are on the lower end of the spectrum.
Love With Benefits is a generic BL drama that offers little depth or interest. The poor storytelling, mediocre romance, and bland acting contribute to an unenjoyable series.
Love With Benefits Episodes
Love With Benefits has a total of 5 episodes. Each episode is around 40 minutes long. The last episode is around an hour long. It's a medium-length BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in around 4 hours. Love With Benefits began airing on November 1, 2021 and finished its last episode on November 29, 2021.