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"Modern Family" Up All Night (2010)

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Another part of a new wave of comedy

Author: gizmomogwai from Canada
6 February 2010

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I've been checking out this new TV series Modern Family, and while it's not as spectacular as I hoped, it's a solid and promising show. Up All Night is an exemplary episode of this series. Now, with this series, when I hear it's a mockumentary following a family, and people are making Arrested Development comparisons, the question becomes "how could this show not be an AD rip-off?" It turns out this is not a rip off (although they do say "Come on!"). The characters are different- not as wacky or lovable as the Bluths, but not flat or boring. In this very episode, a gay couple get pretty clownish in debating what to do with their adopted baby girl, with one of the fathers riding the other's back. This isn't the funniest show, but the dialogue flows, not dependent on pop culture references, bathroom humour or a laugh track, and for that reason it can be said Modern Family is a quality show.

Up All Night, like the other episodes, follows three branches of one family. Here a common theme is spoiling kids, with the question of whether a crying baby should be comforted and Manny getting presents from his usually negligent biological father. A third storyline involving a dad who needs to go to the hospital doesn't quite fit with that theme but it's not a problem to have a subplot. The episode kind of drops the Manny's dad storyline without resolution, but on the plus side, the kids talking about irritating things their parents say has a ring of truth to it. The 21st century has seen a new kind of great comedy- Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The Office. Add this to the list.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

All night long

Author: jotix100 from New York
28 January 2012

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Phil, the eternal big kid, is seen in action playing with his children. Something goes wrong; he feels a stabbing pain in his lower back, which does not even let him move. Claire wants to take him to the hospital so he can be checked out, but he does not want to go, until she prevails. It all points out to be a kidney stone that is causing the problem.

Manny is surprised when his father, Javier, arrives to get him, a day late. Attached to his car there is a shining boat which impresses the boy. Jay is obviously not glad to see the younger man. Javier decides to spend the night with Jay and Gloria. Jay is awakened by the sound of someone playing pool in the family room. Javier who cannot sleep decided to play for a little bit.

In spite of having been Gloria's former husband, Jay is not hostile toward the guy. Javier who is into sports big time, suggests Jay go take a ride in his motorcycle. Jay confesses he to play baseball but he never could hit a curve pitch. Javier has the solution for that problem. He takes Jay and Manny to practice at the Dodger stadium late that night.

Mitchell has been trying to get Lily to go to sleep by herself, even when she is crying for attention. Cam, on the other hand, wants to spoil the toddler by going to her when she starts to cry. Late at night, as the two are in bed, cries from Lily can be heard on the monitoring device. Cam's reaction is to go and get the girl, but Mitchell is adamant to let her go to sleep when she gets tired of crying.

Michael Spiller directed this episode which Christopher LLoyd, one of the creators of the series wrote for it. Benjamin Bratt showed up as Javier, the suave man that seems to be a happy-go-lucky sort of guy, totally irresponsible toward the son who would like to see more of him.

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The One Where They're Up All Night...

Author: Taylor Kingston from Australia
14 September 2015

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I really love this episode. It's so funny. It's one of my favorite episodes from this season. However, not from the entire series. But there's so many awesome episodes, how could you ever pick a favorite?

In this episode, Manny's Father shows up with extravagant gifts, and tries to compete with Jay for his affections. This in turn makes them stay up all night, in order to impress Manny. Meanwhile, Mitch, and Cam argue about what to do when Lily cries at night. Leave her there to cry herself back to sleep, or go in, and coddle her. And Claire ends up trying to impress firefighters who respond to a 911 call about Phil having a kidney stone. Poor Phil.

Best part of the episode: Everything.

Overall, I give this episode an 9 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Amazing.

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