Wayne: A Psychopath with a Heart of Gold – Amazon Prime Review

The story of a boy, a girl, and a quest for an awesome car.

SUMMARY

Wayne McCullough (Mark McKenna) is a violent teen from Massachusetts whose father is dying of cancer. He meets a local girl named Del (Ciara Bravo) who lost her mother and lives with her violent father and brothers. After Wayne’s dad passes, Wayne resolves to get back his father’s stolen 1979 Pontiac Trans Am that is in the possession of Wayne’s mother’s (Michaela Watkins) new husband (Kirk Ward). They’re pursued by two police officers, Geller and Ganetti (Stephen Kearin and James Earl), as well as Del’s father (Dean Winters), Wayne’s best friend Orlando (Joshua J. Williams), and his principal (Mike O’Malley). 

Do not mess with this kid.

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This series came out on YouTube Premium back in 2019 and did pretty well for being on YouTube Premium, but, as the platform seems to mostly have stopped making original content now, didn’t end up continuing. They finally moved it to Amazon Prime and, having watched it, I really hope Amazon keeps it going. This show is an interesting blend of action comedy that we don’t often see on television, because it combines a dark, twisted sense of humor with a heavy dose of graphic violence. Of course, this was made by the same people that made Deadpool, so really we should have seen this coming.

Wayne doesn’t have super healing, though.

The lead character is described throughout the series as a kind of Robin Hood or avenging angel figure. He is violent and probably a little psychopathic, but he always makes sure his targets have it coming. When he sees a woman being mistreated by her boyfriend, he can’t help but intervene, even at his own detriment. Early on, the principal indicates that Wayne, like his father, sometimes bullies people, but mostly protects the innocent by bullying other bullies. From a storytelling standpoint, this is brilliant, because we never feel bad about all of the horrible things Wayne does to people, and he does do some horrible things. It helps that we do get a lot of cute moments between him and Del in which it becomes apparent that he does have a very soft side underneath his mean exterior. McKenna’s performance has to carry a lot of narrative weight without a huge amount of dialogue, but he pulls it off flawlessly.

He is really good at the subtle looks.

Similarly, Del is shown to be dealing with the tragic loss of her mother, with whom she was very close. Her mother was a con woman, leading Del to often have the same traits, but like Wayne Del has a strong moral center that appears to be born out of spiting her father’s criminal ways. She also is shown to want to stand up for the little guy and be a leader, initially selling cookies to supposedly raise funds for her mayoral run in five years, when she’s eligible. Of course, like most politicians, she’s also funding the campaign through theft. Bravo manages to be likable and demonstrate a connection to Wayne despite the fact that he’s violent and mostly emotionless.

They have pretty good chemistry, too.

The general theme of the series is that these two are rebelling. They’re good people but not the kind of “good” people that the world is prepared to accept. They don’t care about the rules and they really hate people who use the rules to hurt others. That’s what bonds them. Moreover, that’s what leads them to inspire many of the supporting characters to be more honest about how messed up things can be and to change it. It also includes just a ton of humor which is supplemented, rather than detracted from, by the violence. 

It’s a Bonnie and Clyde with fewer ethical issues.

Overall, this is a great show that everyone needs to watch so that we can maybe get more of it. 

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Netflix Review – Brews Brothers: Don’t Drink this Beer

Some of the people from The League try to bring us a story of two brothers making beer.

SUMMARY

Wilhelm “Will” Rodman (Alan Aisenberg) is the owner and brewmaster of Rodman’s Brewing Company in Van Nuys, staffed by two employees, former MMA fighter Sarah (Carmen Flood) and Chuy (Marques Ray). Will is losing money fast on his brewery, which suffers from poor management, poor distribution, and the fact that he accidentally gives his beers pornographic names. The only thing that it has going for it is Will’s beer-making skill, which he learned from monks in Belgium. Things become crazier when Adam (Mike Castle), Will’s brother who is also a brewmaster, shows up. The four work to turn the brewery around, helped by Foodtruck Couple Elvis and Becky (Zach Reino and Inanna Sarkis), alcoholics Matt and Jack (James Earl and Mike Mitchell), and Truffle (Flula Borg), a monk from Belgium.

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The uptight one is in the vest.

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So, I was a big fan of The League when it started out. I thought it was funny, the characters were interesting, and that it represented a fun group of people passionate about a common interest. However, over time the show started to devolve more and more into crude humor and heavily flanderized the characters. A big sign of this was the increased presence of Jason Mantzoukas’s character Rafi, who was frequently just used for whatever disgusting character trait the writers needed. He was incestuous, he defecatee when he vomited, he orgasmed when he defecated, and his best friend was a crack-dealing porno director named Dirty Randy (Seth Rogan). The show’s true low point was when they had an episode that was just dedicated to the two of them.

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This image is more interesting than that season.

Unfortunately, this show starts its characters about 5 seasons into The League in terms of dimensions and the humor is even more crude. Every human bodily fluid is shown somewhere in the show (yes, even that one. Yes, that one too) and usually ingested as part of the beer. Adam, who is supposed to be the crazed uptight add-on, is so insufferable that you will legitimately wonder how he has survived this long. I don’t mean in terms of starving in the street from his own inability to work with people, I mean that no one has beaten him to death. Wilhelm is so incompetent at managing his own business that he would be more at home at Paddy’s Pub in It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, but he is not lovable enough that we are rooting for him to overcome it. Chuy alternates between “too stupid to live” and “too clever to be that stupid.” Sarah has the most potential as a character, but the exploration is never quite there. 

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Also, not enough drinking contests.

Honestly, I just didn’t think too much of this show. It was a slog to even get through the season to see if it got better… it didn’t. If you’ve really been looking for a plotline about the flavor of human urine after horchata, then you will enjoy this. If not, maybe find something else.

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