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I am only giving this movie a 1 for the great cast, though I can't imagine what any of them were thinking. This movie was horrible
It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny
NBC signed up a name director and showrunners (including the co-creator of "Brothers and Sisters") and a heavy-hitting cast to make sure their adaptation of this popular Aussie series didn't suck, and it's definitely worth watching, though the original version (Netflix, Amazon) is still more focused and involving. Makenzie Leigh gives a standout performance as Connie— she's the only cast member who really smokes her Aussie counterpart, who seems bland and childish by comparison. Spoilers from here on if you haven't seen the Aussie series: Interesting how many of the characters have gotten a social promotion in the US remake—Aisha's been upgraded from a vet to a doctor, Harry owns a boutique auto showroom instead of just a garage, even Gary and Rosie have a loft in some Brooklyn industrial zone instead of a poky little bungalow, and Gary's a real artist with gallery shows and groupies; Manolis's rival Thanassis is now a prince-of-darkness litigator, "one of old man Onassis's most trusted advisors," instead of just a smug old guy in a shiny suit. Most of the storyline's been heavily rewritten—Connie and Ritchie's teenage craziness has been toned down somewhat, which may be a good thing (though I missed the psychedelic FX at the teen party), as have Hector's and Aisha's extramarital indiscretions. The second half of the series is much more plot-driven and generic than the original; "Manolis" doesn't give much of a sense of Greek immigrant culture, and "Ritchie" gets pretty melodramatic; there's a heavy "L&O: SVU" vibe in the closing scenes. PS—re "Fake Accent Annoys Me," below: Melissa George's attempt at a "fuggedaboudit" Brooklyn accent may not make much sense demographically—though why couldn't a Bay Ridge girl get involved in the Williamsburg art scene?—but it's still pretty adorable, IMHO.
At a birthday party a hot tempered guy slaps someone else's kid. The family and friends involved line up on different sides as the incident snowballs. The kid was tearing up flowers and swinging his bat around dangerously. His parents didn't really keep him in check. So the questions are did he deserve to be slapped at all and if so by someone other than his parents? It's interesting because there are some out of control kids these days - so what is the proper way to deal with them and who is going to do it if the parents do not. Is physical discipline right or wrong? Each episode is from a different character's POV and has a different feel. So it depends whether you find that week's character interesting. Don't really care for Hector's (Peter Sarsgaard) character. Seems a bit slimy and unlikeable. Anouk (Uma Thurman) as a single friend was more interesting. So was Manolis (Brian Cox) the patriarch. Harry (Zachary Quinto) as the A type slapper was quite interesting too and he is quite convincing in his role. The baby sitter Connie was a bit of a drag.Overall worth a watch to see how it pans out by there are some not so good episodes that may cause you to lose interest.
Seriously how is this even a TV show. I tried the first episode because of the all-star cast (Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Brian Cox, Uma Thurman, and Penn Badgley). When will I learn my lesson? My advice is to stay away unless you want something pointless and tasteless on your TV for some background noise.Although there is SOME good such as hearing Victor Garber's voice as the narrator was a plus. Peter Sarsgaard puts an admirable attempt to make the character likable. Also it was good to see Makenzie Leigh again after seeing her time in Gotham end prematurely. IMDb has it at a 5.7. That's a bit generous. 3/10 is my vote.
I gave it 2 stars as Peter S. is a great actor so as a fan it warranted 1 extra star. This is exactly what's wrong with far too many parents in these times, sadly, no discipline. I raised 2 kids, never had to hit either one, but neither ever swung a bat or kicked an adult. The show could be summed up in 1 thought, the dad should have come downstairs to stop his kid, not watched as the other guy did it. I had parents like this over once, kid out of control, no one got hit. The source was easy to see in watching the parents lax reaction to their bratty kids behavior. It all stems from this doctor Spock 'coddle your kids to death' mentality. The Today Show recently had a segment on how 20 somethings in the workplace crumble under any criticism from their bosses, we're raising a bunch of thin skinned kids that have a sense of entitlement no preceding generation in America has seen. So remember, parents who think being a friend is all that matters, you do your kids no favors. Thanks for letting me vent, back to the show. OK, so now that the slap is over and being fought over on screen it begs the question, how do you make an entire series out of this? Seems this could have been a 10 minute show, point to the bad parents, end of show. That said I'd never hit someone else's kid, but if one kicked me in the shin I can't say I wouldn't smack his dad around right after for being such a bad disciplinarian. So I suppose they have no hopes for a season 2, as again I can't imagine how this story line goes beyond 2 episodes.