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"F..k the dog! Beware the kids" (dvd)
leplatypus from PariS
3 August 2012
(the expression about kids and dogs isn't mine but is written on the
Well, in forty years, we have gone from "Little house on the prairie"
to "Eight is enough" to "Simpsons" to this actual "Shameless". In that
time, if communism and terrorism have been defeated, if computers and
cellphones are everywhere, nobody can deny now that poverty is going up
in a frightening rate in our so called rich nations and our grand
politicians just don't care about it.
In a certain way, this show has close ties with « Married with children
». It's about a defavorised, dysfunctional family but here, the choice
isn't made for comedy but for a gritty realism. But i'm not sure that
their poverty is the real explanation of their problems as they are
like a modern Job, facing nearly all the « plagues » that can exist on
contemporary America : alcoholism, thief, cheating on exams and
providence state, runaway parents, smoking and drugs, unconventional
sexual life, agoraphobia, fundamentalism and so on. At the end, it's a
bit too much, all the more than those traits are dispatched among an
very extended cast. In other words, there are up to 10 characters to
follow and thus, the personal story of each one is a bit slow.
In addition, the way they resolve their problems is not exactly very
realistic as the stories tend to be a bit absurd: delivering the father
in Canada, kidnap a grandmother, fake a death,
On the other hand, it's a real breath of air to discover such a family
and leave the too much educated, too much wealthy, too much conformist
families of other sitcoms (the doctors, the lawyers, the detective, the
college students, the journalists, politicians and so on, well all the
golden job that we, the common people, have don't access
Next, all the cast has been wonderfully chosen, especially the young
ones who show great talent for their age. I think that Fiona's part
would have been great for Jessica Alba. But as the miss prefers
dedicate her career to silly and useless movies, she gives the
opportunity to Emmy to display that she's in fact the one that should
get attention ! Another good mention goes to Joan Cusack as she is
truly remarkable as a disabled mother and wife. It's amazing how she
has the same mannerism and eerie attitude of her little brother, John.
Another good point of the show is that it has a lot of exterior scenes
and cruising downtown Chicago in winter was interesting.
To respect my habit, i pick this show as the best in the season. I
found it more interesting than the first ones because the absurd
stories tend to disappear to be more accurate. I hope this drama will
go on the next season that has summer for period.
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