The caper comedy Ocean's 8 is more knock-off than spin-off

A belated spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s caper comedies (minus the earlier films’ wit, chemistry, and style), Ocean’s 8 could learn a thing or two about brevity and craft: It belabors the basic plot points Ocean’s 11 dispatched with a single cut or smirk, the result a hacky imitation of the series’ glitzy…

The Mindy Project settles for conventional in its busy but lackluster series finale

Watching this final season of The Mindy Project, I’ve thought a lot about all the other sitcoms that do romance well, like New Girl, Parks And Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. On all of those shows, romance isn’t as close to the forefront of the premise as it is with The Mindy Project, and yet they pull off…

The Mindy Project doubles down on its worst storyline in an unfunny, unromantic episode

The Mindy Project often tries so desperately hard to be provocative and edgy with no clear intent, falling into the trap of assuming that being wildly politically incorrect is funny in and of itself. Most of the employees of Shulman & Associates are very flawed people, but they’re often unaware or at least in denial…

Reese Witherspoon and a stranger provide The Mindy Project with necessary hard truths about life, romance

“Girl Gone Wild” takes Mindy Lahiri out of her familiar surroundings and plops her in Boise, Idaho at the Two Turtles resort—where Ben intended to take her for their honeymoon. She decides to take the trip on her own, calling it her #One-ymoon, the best fake Melissa McCarthy movie title (tagline: “One is the horniest…

There’s more to Beverly than knives and taxidermy on The Mindy Project

Even though the episode’s title doesn’t end up being the central storyline (or even the B-plot, for that matter), the Meryl Streep costume party is, without a doubt, the best part of “Jeremy & Anna’s Meryl Streep Costume Party.” Matching each character to whichever Meryl Streep character they best embody (or think…

Danny makes a subtle, touching return on The Mindy Project

In “Leo’s Girlfriend,” The Mindy Project skewers the world of progressive private New York preschools, and right away, the material feels a little played out. But the episode also brings back Danny Castellano, providing a few strong, genuine character moments that anchor the episode and reach back into the characters’…

The Mindy Project ties up the loose ends of Mindy's divorce a little too neatly

In “May Divorce Be With You,” everyone is pretty much waiting for Mindy to fall completely apart. Her coworkers and brother all make a bigger deal out of her divorce than she does. Really, Mindy seems mostly fine with the fact that she and Ben are divorcing. At first, it seems a bit like The Mindy Project is taking…

Anna and Jeremy's decouplement outshines The Mindy Project's build to Mindy's divorce

The Mindy Project wastes no time pushing Mindy and Ben to divorce. Ben says the d-word outright by the end of “A Romantical Decouplement,” and Mindy doesn’t skip a beat before agreeing. But whereas the tension in their marriage is subtle and unnerving in the premiere, the second episode goes too obvious with their…

The Mindy Project gets ready to say goodbye in final season trailer

The sixth season of The Mindy Project promises to parade all of Mindy’s exes before Ben’s (Bryan Greenberg) and our eyes, because, as Dr. Lahiri notes, “I’m married, but I’m not buried.” So while she figures out exactly how she feels about being married to bland but adorable nurse Ben, she runs into Brendan (Mark…

Chris Messina will be back for The Mindy Project’s final season

Among the shiny, new toys it promoted during today’s TCA press tour panels, Hulu also presented a lengthy discussion on the final season of The Mindy Project. Though it first aired on Fox, the series was hailed at the panel as one of Hulu Originals’ elder statesmen—a term that would undoubtedly abhor its heroine,…

Beyond will-they/won’t-they: New Girl, Mindy, and the state of the rom-sitcom

Romantic comedies have been a genre almost since movies were created, and there’s a reason for that. It’s a very simple scenario to set up: Two people meet in an undoubtedly cute fashion; they’re separated for a period of time; they get back together, and everything wraps up for posterity in two hours or less. We…