The writer-director of The Savages takes on an awkward subject in Private Life

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The main characters of Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life, Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti), are a fortysomething Manhattan couple who have spent a small fortune trying to have a baby—an obsession that their friends and relations liken to an addiction. She is a novelist who put off having kids for too long…

Amazon Prime users are mad at Will Ferrell for talking over their damn Rose Parade

There’s an interesting phenomenon happening in the seemingly middle-of-the-road reviews for Amazon’s recent New Years Day streaming offering, The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted By Cord & Tish. Rather than the “Sure, that’s fine” response you might expect from a two-hour Funny Or Die send-up of vapid parade-day commentary,…

Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon to bicker their way through the Rose Parade for Amazon this year

Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon played any number of cheerfully dysfunctional weirdos during their time on Saturday Night Live, whether it was the pit-sniffing superstardom of Mary Catherine Gallagher, or the endlessly smiling lameness of hit-mangling music teacher Marty Culp. Now, the duo are applying their endless…

Louise channels Clarice in a The Silence of the Lambs-inspired Bob's Burgers

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When I first saw the title of this episode, “Silence of the Louise,” I assumed that it would be Louise herself taking on the Hannibal Lecter role in some capacity. She is, after all, an evil mastermind in her own right, but with more than enough charm to manipulate those around her. Who other than Louise would have…

Wet Hot’s 10-year anniversary ends, and ends, and ends happily ever after

The hard part of processing the final act of Ten Years Later is figuring out what exactly happened to the Camp Firewood crew. It’s also the fun part. A lot of stuff happens between “Dance” and “End Summer Night’s Dream,” and for the vast majority of the Wet Hot characters, the conclusion of Ten Years Later is about as…

Andy and Deegs face off as the Wet Hot gang prepares to save Camp Firewood...again

Wet Hot American Summer teeters between being a rousing, fast-paced tall tale suited to the campfire and a relentless joke delivery machine. The first half of Ten Years Later has leaned too far toward the latter, so even when the jokes land, there’s a certain emptiness to the whole affair. It’s the same challenge…

Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci pass The Little Hours in this medieval farce

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One of the first things Aubrey Plaza says in The Little Hours is “Don’t fucking talk to us.” This is not surprising in and of itself: Hostility is maybe the trustiest weapon in the actor’s arsenal, and she’s got withering belligerence down to a science. (The sentiment, if not the language, has been lobbed at…

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Frances makes for an uncompelling lead on Divorce

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A lot of things are working in Divorce’s first season, but the role of Frances, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, does not appear to be one of them. Last episode was marred by her insane bid to get her salary deferred during her divorce battle. This episode she desperately tries to enter the event committee at her kids’…