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Bored to Death 

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A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels.

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Jonathan Ames
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A writer in New York tries to live a double life as an amateur private eye. A feature film adaptation of the HBO series, "Bored to Death."

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Series cast summary:
Jason Schwartzman ...  Jonathan Ames 24 episodes, 2009-2011
Zach Galifianakis ...  Ray Hueston 24 episodes, 2009-2011
Ted Danson ...  George Christopher 24 episodes, 2009-2011
Heather Burns ...  Leah 22 episodes, 2009-2011
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A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels.

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Country:

USA

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English

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20 September 2009 (USA) See more »

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Aneidikeftos detective See more »

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16:9 HD
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Eventhough they play lovers, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen are really married. See more »

Goofs

On the last page of text in the intro, on the fourth line, there is a grammatical error. It reads: "... she would have been smart and gotten far away New York." but it should read: "...she would have been smart and gotten far away from New York." See more »

Quotes

Leah: That's a big word for you, you read it in one of your Comic Books?
Ray Hueston: No, I read it in my diary.
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Referenced in The Escort (2016) See more »

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Bored to Death
Performed by Coconut Records
Written by Jason Schwartzman and Jonathan Ames
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I'm gonna speak frank, George. I'm out of shape and you're old (a bored to death review)
18 December 2010 | by virtualxiSee all my reviews

Note from the author: this review has been written after watching two seasons. Bored to death is a TV show whose charm relies heavily in its three leads Jason Schwartzman, Zack Galifianakis and Ted Danson. The main problem that I found is that during the first season Schwartzman's character is given the most weight out of the three leaving Danson and Galifianakis as secondary characters that have mini-subplots around the main cases - as the story revolves around a writer drawn to be a detective to solve it's financial difficulties -. Thankfully this has been solved in the second season with an even repartition of plot for the three and consequently has improved the stories, the cast and the overall dynamic of the show. Throughout the two seasons I felt that the show gradually turns from a solve-the-case of the week show to a hang-out-with-us show while the story flows...and boy what a blast it is to hang out with this cast. Danson's hedonistic charm is suave, subtle -and even slightly touching in some episodes with a cancer subplot- with the best laughs when his facade of elegance is down due to his drug use. Galifianakis is perhaps the geek hero (but not a geek himself) as the comic-book writer in a dysfunctional relationship with his girlfriend played by Heather Burns - who's first in the list of recurring character's of the show, also including Oliver Platt and Kristen Wiig-. Finally Schwartzman's character is a struggling writer with relationship problem's and a tendency for solving weird-cases in a very unprofessional way - high point for me is the first episode in season 2 when he has to go into a fetish dungeon-. To sum things up. Bored to death was a slow burner for me, by the end of season 1 I was ready to give up but, with season 2, it pulls out a "The Office" and gets much better. Each season has eight episodes which leads to very cohesive stories and arcs but then again the charm relies on the cast which are great if you like these type of characters. Thanks for reading.


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