When his wife kicks him out of his house, a man is forced to move in with his brother in the latter's beach house in Malibu. Over the course of this he will try to move back out. It does not go well. No one really wants to live with him and he can't afford to live by himself. Really, the only reason he is allowed to stay there at all, is that his 10 year old kid is adorable. Stupid, yes, cute, also yes. And they are a package deal. Later a young rich guy moves in. These are our four leads.
Alan(Cryer, incredible) has been a people pleaser since childhood. Teacher's pet. Straight A's. It never worked particularly well for him. No one can stand him except for teachers and their ilk. He's been bullied forever, by peers and elders alike. He makes a living, such as it is, as a chiropractor. No one in his family wants him to treat them, in general people don't want to do things for him, and everyone makes sure to tell him that, in their opinion, he's not a real doctor. While he gets better at flirting, he certainly isn't what you would call "adept at it". Almost no women want anything to do with him. This means he gets incredibly excited when one does. And that he finds himself engaging in perversions. The ones he's developed over a lifetime of abuse. And those of anyone desperate enough to get with him. Yes, those are connected. It's not just that he's creepy by default. It's also in the things he does. What he says, what he thinks about. And he's never particularly capable of hiding those from others. His low wages and the high cost of his alimony payments leave him with very little money to spend. Even so, he is immensely cheap. This drives away a lot of his limited selection of lovers. He does have an on again off again relationship with Lindsey(Thorne-Smith, amazing). And that's where he gets a real taste of his own medicine. He is demanding, passive-aggressive, and despite sometimes making an effort, does simply not live up to others' expectations. And she can be the exact same. Right back at him. A bunch of the time he does, just barely, give her what she wants. Still, she knows she can do a lot better. She's settling for him. And boy does she let him know that that's what's going on. No, she has no trouble getting someone much better. She's just relieved that she doesn't have to try hard. What's he going to do? Find someone else? Yeah. When pigs fly.
Charlie(Sheen, fantastic) never had to work hard for anything ever. His jingle writing is ridiculously easy. It pays extremely well, let him buy a big place. All he has to do to convince a woman to have sex with him is show that he has the aforementioned. However. After a while he is no longer satisfied. Yes, he was always quick to lash out, whenever he isn't drinking, gambling or humping his way through life. Make snide personal remarks at someone who doesn't deserve them. Out of the blue. Anyway. He tries to make long-term relationships work. And it is outstanding. Will it work with Mia(Vaugier, who tries to improve his lifestyle)? Maybe Chelsea(Jennifer Taylor, who wants more out of being with him then take out, TV and copulation)? What about Courtney(McCarthy, who seems like exactly his type - including that you can't depend on her)?
Jake(T. Jones, great) is lazy, dumb, perpetually hungry, and basically never wants to do anything other than eat and play video games. Over the course of this he changes. At first he isn't interested in a girlfriend. Later he will do absurdly poorly on dates. He will genuinely believe that his crass, puerile interests will, at all, impress any female, and when talking about them, he shows that he can really dig deep into a topic and analyse it. It's just never something that he can actually use. Not in school and not in life. This show focuses a lot on how he is negatively influenced by his uncle. As he grows up he is no longer too young for all of it. And yet there is a lot that no one should ever engage in regardless of age.
Walden(Kutcher, phenomenal) became a billionaire when he sold to Microsoft something he didn't have to work on for very long. Then he married his high school sweetheart. He was 19 years old at the time. As he hasn't matured emotionally since then, she divorces him. He tries to get a new monogamous partner. Might it work with Zoey(Winkleman, British and refined)? She's a lawyer and finds his immense generosity very attractive. The two have strong on screen chemistry. Her hostile ex-husband is the bane of her existence. They did have a sweet, now 6 year old, daughter together. And he does grow to be a more adult person. Some of the inventions he comes up with are genuinely right out of science fiction, including mind reading. He starts working with his old partner Billy(Oswalt, always good to see him in things) again even though the two of them despise each other. The man had a complete nervous breakdown!
This has an endless stream of racy material that just barely got by the censors, and it gets increasingly offensive each season. I very rarely give a perfect rating to something I review, but this continued to make me laugh throughout the entirety of every single episode. Since I had heard that it did not remain hilarious all the way, I kept waiting for the quality to drop. And it never did. It continued to change enough elements every so often that it remained fresh for 12 years. I recommend this to anyone who likes raunchy, dialogue driven jokes and sitcoms. 10/10
1 out of 1 found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote.