Aunty Donna’s Big ol’ House of Fun: Best Sketch Show in A While – Netflix Review

Three Australian YouTube comedians get their own series and it’s hilarious.

SUMMARY

It’s a sketch show. Each episode has a loose theme and the general premise is that three men, Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly, and Zachary Ruane, live together in a house despite their general incompetence and insanity. Guests include Ed Helms, Scott Aukerman, Weird Al, Kristen Schaal, and some other people who apparently wanted to break into the Australian YouTube watcher market.

Drumming on a crotch is the opening gambit.

END SUMMARY

This show is one of the funniest things I’ve seen. I haven’t genuinely had to pause something because I was laughing too hard in a long time, but I had to do it about once an episode here. Many people state that the secret to comedy is surprise and these three men have taken that lesson to heart.  Many of the set-ups in this series seem to be inspired by children’s television, with the characters acting clueless and having things like a talking dishwasher or a cowboy roommate. It takes these nonsensical setups and tries to play them straight while also interrupting them with completely unrelated jokes. The fourth wall is more of a suggestion, with the characters breaking it to narrate, make asides, or just flat-out comment on production. 

Also, random Olympic Christmas.

Possibly the most impressive thing about this show is that it pulls from literally every level of comedy, from puns to clever references to sight gags, and does it in a way that will guarantee almost anyone will be entertained. Even if you don’t like one joke, you’ll probably enjoy the next one that’s five seconds later. Perhaps the funniest bits are when they take a traditionally childish thing like drumming on pots and work in ridiculously dark or adult jokes. The characters have no consistency whatsoever, but this is one of the rare cases where that works to their benefit. Any character can be the straight man in one scene or the wacky one in the next. They frequently play multiple characters in the same scene, with episodes involving them talking to alternate versions of themselves. 

Parties spontaneously appear and die.

Overall, seriously, you just need to watch this show. It’s hilarious.

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Netflix Review – Coffee & Kareem: Talent Can’t Overcome Script

Ed Helms stars in a film that just can’t seem to figure out who it’s for.

SUMMARY 

James Coffee (Ed Helms) is a Detroit police officer who is dating Vanessa Manning (Taraji P. Henson), a single mom of one 12-year-old son, Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh). Coffee has recently been disgraced after allowing notorious criminal Orlando Johnson (RonReaco Lee) to escape, putting him at odds with lead Detective Watts (Betty Gilpin). After Kareem sees Coffee and his mother having sex, he decides to track down Orlando Johnson and hire him to kill Coffee. He ends up witnessing Johnson’s men murder a dirty cop and is rescued by Coffee. The two end up having to work together to keep Vanessa safe and stop Johnson.

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Remember 48 Hours? That was a funny buddy comedy. 

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So, in 1993, there was a movie called Cop and a Half starring Burt Reynolds and Norman D. Golden II about a cop working with a small child who witnessed a murder. That movie was cute, kid-friendly, sometimes funny, and had Burt Reynolds’s charm to bolster it. This film decided to go in a different direction. 

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Admittedly, parts didn’t age well.

A big problem is that this movie never clearly figured out what they were going for and it meant that you could never figure out whether you were supposed to like the characters or not. Kareem, for example, is a foul-mouthed poser who wants to front as a gangster, but is actually from Greenwich Village. Despite that, he does ACTUALLY TRY TO HAVE A COP KILLED, for which everyone kind of takes as an innocent mistake. His mother later insists that he’s just insecure and fronting, something that Kareem never admits, but at no point do they explain how Kareem could think that hiring a hitman was ever a good idea. He’s not really charming, he’s only occasionally funny, and he constantly makes things worse without appearing to undergo any character growth. Coffee, too, just isn’t likable, being either too dumb to live or, when he actually stands up for himself, being beaten back into submission. At one point he yells at Kareem about his actions, but then is forced to apologize. Apologize… to the kid who tried to have him murdered. 

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He does almost get him killed a lot. But not in funny ways.

Another problem is that the movie just isn’t that funny. They try to cash in on doing a lot of “edgy” jokes about pedophilia or having Kareem spout a number of swears that stand at odds with his being 12 years old, but none of them are amusing enough to merit the relative disgust that you’ll feel from the subject matter. I’m not saying that you can’t make good jokes out of the material, in fact other movies have, but these just fall flat. 

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I admit that Ed Helms can look creepy with a mustache.

The funny thing is that you can tell that everyone is doing a solid job playing their parts. Ed Helms is really trying to sell the lines and sometimes he even succeeds, Gardenhigh gets the occasional laugh from a precision F-bomb, and RonReaco Lee has some fun moments. However, the only person who mostly nails it in the movie is Taraji P. Henson. Despite the fact that her character is basically just “stereotypical black mom in a movie after 2010,” she does usually sell the ridiculous crap coming out of her mouth. 

Overall, though, this movie was bad. Don’t waste your time.

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