Does Natalie end up with Gabe and Jake?

Netflix’s New Original Romantic Comedy Look both ways offers us two versions of Lili Reinhart for the price of one. In the charming new film, the Riverdale star plays Natalie, a recent college graduate and artist whose life takes two diverging paths with a fateful pregnancy test.

In one of Natalie’s potential paths, she becomes pregnant and becomes a single mother, which puts her plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue an artistic career on hold. In the other way, she goes on to move to Los Angeles to become an artist.

Both realities present Natalie with trials and tribulations, one of which is love. The mom version of Natalie has a complicated relationship with Gabe (Danny Ramirez), her daughter’s father, while the artist version of Natalie falls in love with Jake (David Corenswet), her handsome colleague. Does Natalie end up with Gabe or Jake or…both?

Warning: Spoilers before the end of Look both ways.

Does Natalie end up with Gabe in Look Both Ways?

When Natalie and Gabe meet before college graduation, they’re platonic friends who decide to have sex on the spur of the moment. There are no lingering feelings, especially when the test comes back negative and Natalie and Gabe break up.

However, there is a parallel reality where the test is not negative and Natalie chooses to become a mother. She and Gabe remain close and in each other’s lives as they prepare for and ultimately co-parent their daughter Rosie. But they’re not a couple – as much as they should be!

In the alternate reality, Natalie and Gabe navigate their complex relationship. Four years after having Rosie, Gabe expresses his feelings for her, but Natalie pumps the breaks out of fear they won’t work out. As Gabe moves on and proposes to another woman, Natalie’s regret seems evident.

Luckily, during a wonderful trip to the SXSW film festival, where Natalie talks about her Night Owl comic and Gabe performs with his band, the sparks rekindle between the parents. Everything comes together for Natalie and Gabe, and they are finally a complete family.

Does Natalie end up with Jake in Look Both Ways?

After moving to Los Angeles with her best friend Cara (Aisha Dee), Natalie sends out resumes looking for a job in the world of animation art. She applies for her dream job as personal assistant to her idol Lucy Galloway (Nia Long) and sneaks into a local party hosted by her company, Tall Story Animation. By a twist of fate, Natalie meets Jake at the party.

The two hit it off and have instant chemistry, and when Natalie goes to her interview with Lucy, she learns that Jake works at Tall Story. Of course, Natalie’s talent and determination landed her the job, and she and Jake continue to grow closer and closer with each date.

Unfortunately, just when Natalie and Jake are considering moving in together, Jake receives the job offer of a lifetime that takes him out of the country. The demands of maintaining a long-distance relationship weigh on Natalie as she loses her job with Lucy.

It takes time for Natalie to pick up the pieces and find her voice as an artist, but she takes her broken heart and turns it into an animated short that will premiere at SXSW. She shares the good news with Jake via voicemail and she is surprised when she sees Jake leaving his job to attend his premiere, thus reuniting the couple.

Look Both Ways ending explained

The end of Look both ways brings both versions of Natalie to a peaceful conclusion while knowing that her story isn’t over yet. So yes: Natalie finds herself with Gabe and Jake – but not the same version of Natalie.

What the film does so well is avoid appealing to the reality of Natalie being better or “real”. Both paths present the same number of challenges and struggles, but the main focus of the story centers on Natalie realizing that no matter what, she will be fine.

Although she meets Jake in reality where she becomes a mother, he is not part of this story. Likewise, she finds Gabe in the artist’s path, but they do not reignite the flame. Look both ways Deftly tackles the heartwarming theme that no story, no path, no outcome is better than another as long as you’re happy.

What did you think of the film? Share your thoughts in the comments and be sure to watch the movie now on Netflix!

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