12 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Great pilot! A shame it was never picked up!
lola541 from United States
26 October 2006
Like so many Linklater projects, $5.15/Hr. thrives off of character
development. The characters in this show just so happen to be minimum
wage workers, just trying to get by with too few shifts and payday
loans. That's the basic premise of the show--following around eight or
so employees working the "third shift" at a restaurant chain called
"Grammaw's Kitchen" that looks like a low-grade "Denny's." But more
than the everyday occurrences for these characters, the show opens up
the context, integrating the crazy logic of corporate mandates and
consumer debt into the text.
I would have loved to have seen where this show would have gone had it
been given the opportunity to go there. The actors (particularly
America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty") portray three dimensional characters
in complex situations; but is it a surprise that HBO (funded by the
subscriptions of wealthy viewers) was unwilling to take this on? Not in
the least. It's so sad how the perspectives of those doing the most
menial of jobs get filed away in some studio back lot.
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