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On the Rocks (2020)
Light and highly enjoyable. Ignore the bad reviews
I couldn't disagree more with the bad reviews.This is a quiet film about a woman losing herself in her various roles as mother, wife, daughter, writer. It is also about communication (much like Lost in translation) and misunderstanding, about growing up and finding the confidence to define oneself as a woman apart from your father's shadow. In the end it is about love and relationships (also New York looks great). This is not a shallow film as some would have it, it is just not pretentious or full of pseudo-intellectual dialogue like most Baumbach or Ethan Hawke films. It's light -weight, real, tender and feminine and we need more of these.
You can always rely on Bill Murray's charisma but Rashida Jones' sensitive performance is still the focus here.
Brings back my childhood. Rare gem.
I haven't seen Rhoda again since I was devotedly watching it in our tiny black and white tv in post dictatorship Greece. Although I was barely out of childhood, I absolutely adored it. It was an oasis in a sad tv landscape offering a glimpse of another fascinating world with strong and funny women friends.
I had to write something about this forgotten series when I heard that Valerie Harper died this year. Well, she' s still alive in our hearts.
Very very funny and real
I don't know why I never heard about this series. It is certainly the funniest pilot I have seen in a long time. Absolutely hilarious and fresh and real unlike clichéd Hollywood motherhood depictions. At least most mothers I know would surely identify. Really disappointing that there is only this one episode --looking forward to more.
The only reason to watch this series would be Sarah Jessica Parker, that is if you're a big fan (and like most Hollywood actors she could not resist some unfortunate face changing Botox). Otherwise the male lead (T.S. Church) is quite unbearable: really mediocre acting, miscast, boring and unlikeable character. The script is slow and tedious at least after the third episode. The husband's never ending angry comments are not only exaggerated and tasteless but delivered in a totally unconvincing manner. There is definitely no chemistry between the two and no hint of humour -which is too bad because SJP's kind of acting is generally better suited for romcoms. The story is in desperate need of something: a better rhythm, a different male protagonist, a better dialogue or at least a decent subplot but even that wouldn't be enough to save it. I don't think the series will last long.