Jonrosh's (Ferrell) final chapter finds Winston (Osment) out to destroy his family, stopping at nothing to get his revenge. A Christmas party brings together Cynthia (Wiig), Devon (Maguire), Winston ...
Patriarch Jonas Morehouse shepherds his daughter Cynthia and adopted son Devon from meager beginnings in the oil fields of Texas to powerful boardrooms in New York City. Cynthia and Devon, entwined in undeniable love, stumble through war-torn battlefields, blazing mansions, filthy drug dens and velvet-sheeted bedrooms on their quest for power and influence. Despite Jonas's best efforts to intervene, Cynthia and Devon's merciless love sets into motion a wave of destruction that crashes down on Devon's graceful wife Lady Anne, his daughter Marianne, his colleague and lover Dixie, Cynthia's hen-pecked husband Chet, her evil son Winston, the scheming Generals and far beyond.Written by
This parody of old TV romance mini-series has been described as an extended SNL sketch, but I'd actually describe it as an extended Carol Burnett Show sketch in style. They did a lot of these sorts of parodies (most famously a Gone with the Wind sketch), and the broad humor and general silliness remind me more of Burnett than SNL.
What makes it more like SNL is that, like SNL, it's really not very funny. There are certainly cute moments, but there's a sophomoric quality to the humor that fails to resonate.
Also, while the cast is fairly talented, for most of them this isn't their wheelhouse. These are not Burnett/Conway/Lawrence-style actors, and the very broad writing isn't pushed through by the subtler performance style.
Humor is a very individual thing, and for some people this show is hilarious. For me, well, one user review said this show was a poor version of a series I'd never heard of, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, which also parodied an old, badly-made series, and I found the first episode of that on youtube. I watched just a few minutes of it and laughed more than during the entire first episode of Spoils (I was almost breathless during the handshake scene).
So basically the best thing that came out of watching this is I learned about something a lot funnier.
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