Geraldine Elmhurst Liddle - Deen to her friends - is up against five other contestants for the $2 million jackpot on the game show "Bring Home the Bacon!". News of her upcoming appearance ...
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Geraldine Elmhurst Liddle - Deen to her friends - is up against five other contestants for the $2 million jackpot on the game show "Bring Home the Bacon!". News of her upcoming appearance on the show takes her small New Brunswick hometown by storm. She practices and studies for the show, but her friends and family just assume she's going to win. Even her younger sisters Rose and Greta and her friend Tina - her "three little piggies" as they are referred to on the show who are supposed to answer any question she cannot - don't study on the assumption that Deen will do all the work. In addition to her three little piggies, her friends and family let her know what they could use with her winnings. Beyond what happens on the show, Deen's notoriety from this event brings out some skeletons from the Elmhurst family closet. Written by
Rented DVD on promises of light comedy with a plain-jane (pardon the pun) Canadian town backdrop, featuring Jane Curtin, a fabulous SNL player (but very under-rated). This satiric story had elements of fine comedy: quirky, large-as-life characters, and problems/conflicts lifted from almost any (somewhat dysfunctional) family with a 'small-town' setting. Sadly, there is a fine line between 'satiric' and 'mean-spirited'. Interactions between the characters become increasingly toxic, aided by airing of deep-rooted conflicts and a free flow of booze.
The language becomes profane and nasty. This is no longer light-hearted fun with a message and a mix of family drama -- this is just unpleasant. We turned it off. Who to blame? Well, the Scriptwriter puts it on paper - the Director tries to bring it to life. It looks like they just don't know their stuff.
Oddly, British producers seem to pull off this kind of humor with apparent ease, allowing older actresses and less-glamorous performers to flesh out some real characters, and tell a great story -- in short, to act. Why isn't it done on this continent very well?
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