Monday, May 16, 2016

Flaked (2016 Netflix Original Series)

If you spent any of your early adult years in Venice Beach, whether or not in rehab, you surely will enjoy re-visiting those times. Even if you didn't, you likely will enjoy visiting it through the 8 episodes of Season 1 of Flaked, given especially the beautifully done photography. It's not perfect by any means, and some of the casting leaves one head-scratching as to why the producers would think anyone wants to watch or listen to some of the characters. But it is refreshing in its uniqueness and, while the dialogue drags some times, it often is clever and quite funny, especially the bromides (e.g., "when you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you" (and "the thumb is not a finger")). While Flaked's main character has no resemblance to the angst of Larry David, there's a hint of CYE as some of the situations unfold and swirl around his unbridled selfishness. In addition to sharing their narcissistic tendencies, they also have shared pasts--one having been married to Cheryl Hines and the other to Amy Poller. It's a comedy but it's dark, and who doesn't need a dark comedy these days? In short, if you're slogging your way through Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black, it's a nice break from jail.

IMDb Link to Flaked

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