'Love Hard' Ending Explained: How did Natalie find love after being catfished?
Dating isn't easy, especially online dating. After a string of disastrous dates, a Los Angeles-based journalist Natalie Bauer (Nina Dobrev) writes off love by dubbing herself as the unluckiest woman on the planet when it comes to finding love. Netflix's latest holiday rom-com 'Love Hard' chronicles Natalie's quest of finding her perfect guy.
Thanks to the string of disastrous dates, Natalie may haven't found her prince charming but she instead managed to turn them into a goldmine by jotting down about all her bad dates in a column for a trendy lifestyle website. Under the pseudonym of Always a Bride, Natalie documents all her bad dating experiences for the world to enjoy. After feeling jaded with her endless futile dating stints, Natalie's colleague Kerry (Heather McMahan) encourages her to widen her search for love from just a 5-mile radius to a country-wide search. As Kerry expected, Natalie's dating app was buzzing with handsome hunks from across the country. But the profile of 30-year-old handsome hunk Josh Lin (Jimmy O. Yang) catches her eye. Josh is perfect in every sense, has a great physique, interesting hobbies, and most importantly can hold a conversation. After chatting with him for a few days, Natalie decides to surprise him by landing at his place on East Coast and seeing how things pan out between them.
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Natalie is convinced that after meeting Josh, her days of bad dates would be over. An extremely excited Natalie lands at josh's family home ready to meet her perfect guy. When she finally meets him, she realizes that she has been catfished. Josh turns out to be a shy, bespectacled introvert, who is the complete opposite of the Josh on the app. Natalie later learns that Josh used his bet friend Tag's (Darren Barnet) picture to lure her into falling for him. Natalie is understandably upset and storms out of the Lin family home ready to go back to LA, and live alone for the rest of her life.
But when Natalie ends up seeing the real Tag at a local bar, she decides to woo him. Josh swoops in ready to help her on her quest to woo Tag but on the condition that she stay back in the East Coast and pretend to be his girlfriend for a week to impress his family. Against her better judgment, Natalie readily agrees to Josh's offer and ironically starts catfishing Tag by pretending to be someone she isn't just to impress him. From pretending to be an avid rock-climber to an outdoorsy person, Natalie does everything she can to win Tag over. Alongside wooing Tag, Josh and her relationship becomes pretty serious too when they get fake engaged to please his parents.
At their surprise engagement party when Natalie spots Tag, she decides to come clean and reveals everything to Tag and Josh's family. Tag calls her out for catfishing him and breaks off their relationship. Natalie on the other hand breaks off things with Josh and gets ready to go back home. While penning down her adventures for her column she comes to the realization that she doesn't need a perfect guy but needs a perfect guy for her. So she goes back to Josh and apologizes to him and asks him if he wants to get back together. he readily agrees to it and the couple is seen enjoying Christmas with the Lin family. Everything worked out well between Josh and Natalie, the two unlucky people who couldn't find love!
'Love Hard' is available for streaming on Netflix.