However, you probably haven’t given much thought to the lives of those wives who have suffered for a long time when their silly spouses aren’t around. Do they have exciting adventures that make it easier for them to endure the child-men they have chosen to marry? Are they just drinking all day to prepare for when the star of the show comes home? Are they oblivious or resigned to the hell they have dedicated themselves to?
These are the questions at the heart of AMC’s bizarre and sometimes compelling new experience Kevin can fuck himself. The title is reminiscent of another of those love and marriage sitcoms, 2016 Kevin James’ short-lived vehicle Kevin can wait, who had so little interest in the character of the woman that she was killed between seasons and then replaced by Leah Remini, who had played James’ wife on his previous show in that vein, King of queens. Parts of this new Kevin are billed as a bright, loud, multicamera sitcom, following the antics of Worcester, Massachusetts, thug Kevin McRoberts (Eric Petersen) and boyfriend Neil (Alex Bonifer), while Kevin Allison’s wife (Annie Murphy) and sister of Neil Patty (Mary Hollis Inboden) mostly hang down and roll their eyes. But whenever Allison is separated from Kevin, the laugh trail disappears and the lighting shifts to that of a calm character drama about a woman who matters how unhappy she is with this loser. (The episodes as a whole are the length of a base drama of one hour.) Maybe she better try to flip the Kevin can wait scenario
and bring down her husband so that she can finally enjoy life without him? Murphy has a moment thanks to The Schitt ruisseau , but it’s also fun to imagine if they would launch Erinn Hayes, aka the Dead
Annie Murphy as Allison – Kevin May F *** Himself _ Season 1 – Photo Credit: Jojo Whilden / AMC Jojo Whilden/AMC Created by Lodge 49 writer Valerie Armstrong, this
is smart but limited. Allison’s sitcom life is awful but plausible like something CBS reportedly aired in 2004, and there are a lot of sharp little touches as we move from the sitcom world to the drama world. Kevin and Allison are constantly arguing over the state of a Pottery Barn table she bought from Goodwill, for example, and when she objects to him putting his coffee mug on it without a coaster, the mug is clearly empty; when it comes out of the room and we go into drama mode, there seems to be liquid there, in a way that’s supposed to confirm that it’s real and that the sitcom stuff isn’t. There’s an insightful world-drama scene in the fourth episode where Allison and Patty remember when Allison got a job as a paralegal, which to her was like a ticket out of her blue collar lifestyle, but for Kevin, he felt his wife was slipping away from him. . Kevin seemingly messed up the whole situation, in a way that seems criminal when Allison describes it, even though Patty admits, “It seemed… harmless.” When you’re a character on a bad sitcom – even if you don’t know that’s what you are – you get used to dismissing all kinds of extreme behavior as routine shenanigans. Take a sufficient step back to recognize it, and your existence hurriedly becomes unbearable. Murphy is awesome in both modes – she has the rhythms of multicam banter, and she’s likable and extremely watchable whenever the series switches to Allison’s point of view.
– in a way that justifies it as her first major role after Alexis Rose. But
looks more like a great calling card for Murphy’s upcoming jobs than a story worth telling throughout the series. Allison’s “real” life and her plan to get revenge on Kevin quickly sink into dramatic anti-hero clichés – drug deals, tense encounters with the police, elaborate lies that only make matters worse – that are sometimes almost as squeaky as the sitcom pastiche. And a little bit of Kevin’s world goes a long way, because he’s starring in what’s a dumb sitcom to cartoonish, probably so that we have even more pity for his poor wife. The sitcom scenes from the fourth episode – a subplot about Kevin trying to cash in on escape fashion with the help of his father Pete (Brian Howe) and Neil – barely feature Allison, which begs the question. why we are seeing them, much less at such an agonizingly great length (**). As the only other accustomed to appearing frequently in sitcom and drama scenes, Inboden also displays impressive versatility, though her Worcester accent makes her look eerily like Rosie O’Donnell from Long Island at times.(**) Also muddy the waters: drama world Allison has an active fantasy life – sometimes imagining a better life with Kevin, sometimes imagining him just dead in his hands – which can sometimes inadvertently make the sitcom feel like half the most things.
Parodying multicam sitcoms is nearly impossible, as you inevitably end up making a bad sitcom. Self-awareness is intelligent, and the series as a whole will change the way you look at the next one
-esque nonsense. But it is an experiment with diminishing returns. After a few episodes, you won’t want to be trapped in the sitcom world anymore than Allison.
premieres June 20 on AMC. I saw the first four episodes.