Charlie Day to write, direct, and star in Hollywood satire El Tonto

According to Collider, Charlie Day is going to make his directorial debut with an indie comedy called El Tonto. Day wrote the script and will be starring in the movie, which is apparently about “an idiot mute” who somehow becomes a “beloved Hollywood celebrity” before inevitably losing everything in a tragic fall from…

Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day developing a video game comedy for Apple

Let’s get this out of the way first: We don’t know anything about Apple’s streaming service, including how much it will cost, when it will launch, and what it will be called. It’ll have a bunch of original shows from high-profile creators. It’ll probably have a very clean aesthetic that just works except when it…

Chloë Grace Moretz and Charlie Day back out of promoting Louis CK’s I Love You, Daddy

Yesterday, The New York Times published the accounts of five women who say Louis CK either asked to masturbate in front of them or forced them to watch him masturbate. The bombshell report was the reason for the cancellation of the New York premiere of CK’s I Love You, Daddy, which is a movie about a middle-aged TV…

It’s Always Sunny’s momentous season finale leaves the Gang in flux

B+

Season finales have never really been It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s strongest outings. The perceived need for a big finish tends to elevate plot over character, and the busyness, as a rule, distracts from the joy of watching the characters do deep dives into their collective and individual madness. “Dennis’…

“A Cricket’s Tale” shows the inescapable pull of the Always Sunny Gang’s black hole

B

There once was a man named Matthew Mara. But now there is only Rickety Cricket. The moniker—like the innumerable disfiguring injuries and debilitating humiliations that have transformed him into the homeless, drug addicted creature we see here—was inflicted upon Matthew by a quintet of infinitely thoughtless assholes.…

It’s Always Sunny delivers a near-perfect poisoned valentine

A

Season 12 has seen It’s Always Sunny stretch itself. And while the show’s stylistic ambitions have been mostly successful (sometimes transcendently so), “The Gang Tends Bar” shows that there are still tremendous rewards to be reaped from simply going back to the basics. Written by Megan Ganz, the episode shows that an…

An undisciplined It’s Always Sunny squanders Dee’s darkness

C+

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is such a finely calibrated comedy engine that, when it goes wrong, you can just hear the mismatched, ill-assembled parts clunking like actual monkey wrenches. “PTSDee” has some laughs, and a lot of pieces that should be pleasing to fans, but, in operation, the episode jerks…

Political correctness is life and death on a hilarious It’s Always Sunny

B+

The five main characters of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia are often described as “the worst people in the world.” And, sure, they pretty much are. Scanning around their Paddy’s Pub HQ most weeks, one can hear the ghostly echoes of Ben Kenobi’s pronouncement about Mos Eisley as “a wretched hive of scum and…

It’s Always Sunny can’t commit to “Making Dennis Reynolds A Murderer”

B

As It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has gone on, the Gang’s insanity has picked up layers. While the show was birthed remarkably itself, the show’s conception as a disreputable hangout comedy has gone deeper, broader, and darker, while valiantly staying on-mission watching what happens when five of the most…

Amid damage control and rebranding, It’s Always Sunny remains itself

B

An episode of callbacks, cameos, and score-settling, “Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare” nonetheless finds freshness in the Gang’s jangling hang-ups and obsessions. Frank, happily starting his morning off with a pistol and a sandwich baggie of cocaine (“Yeah, we just didn’t wanna interrupt your morning routine,”…

It’s Always Sunny sweetens its situation when the Gang secretly goes multi-camera

B+

There’s been a lot of talk going into this season about It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia tying Ozzie & Harriet for the longest-running live action TV comedy in history (once it finishes its already-booked 14th season). Some call foul, since Sunny only does 10 or so episodes a season, but, as tonight’s episode, “Old…

Even a water park can’t dilute the Always Sunny gang’s comic awfulness

B+

After the ambitious, mostly masterful musical spectacle that was last week’s season 12 premiere, this week, the Gang fucks around in a water park. And it’s, in its own way, just as successful, a low-stakes goof-around that allows all five members of the cast to do what they do best—make us laugh like brat kids…

A 5-course introduction to the depraved delights of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this installment: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, the first 11 seasons of which…