A group of friends from Harvard are facing down their forties. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another. "Friends from College" is a comedic exploration of ...
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A group of friends from Harvard are facing down their forties. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another. "Friends from College" is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.Written by
Friends From College boasts an interesting premise and a pedigree of established actors and actresses. This should be amazing, right? Wrong.
Considering the characters are Harvard alumni, it is incredible to see how stupid they all are. Their dialogue is preposterously dumb, they can't seem to handle easy situations, and their actions don't make sense.
Furthermore, the show elects to focus on the romance between Keegan-Michael Key's Ethan Turner and Annie Parisse's Sam more than any other plot point or characters. It doesn't help that those two characters are the most unlikable in the entire series.
Admittedly, there are a few funny moments. These mostly arise from the situations that happen, not the writing or the sheer comedic talent of the cast.
We are told that they are all best friends. It doesn't seem the case while watching the show. Yes, they go out on adventures together. But the amount of big secrets they all keep from each other are implausible and they constantly make wrong life decisions for each other. With all the cheating and misunderstanding between these 8, it begs the question of how they became friends in the first place.
Out of the entire cast, Billy Eichner's character, Dr. Felix Forzenheim, is the most nuanced person in the show, simply for not being so over-the-top, and thus having no awkward humour. Cobie Smulders, who was irreplaceable in How I Met Your Mother, acts admirably in the first 4 episodes, especially regarding a fertility subplot. However, her storyline and character becomes worse later on.
Overall, Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco's Friends From College is a dramedy that doesn't work. The drama, which mostly revolves around life in the 40's, is very dumb, and the humour is 90% awkward, 10% funny situations.
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