Published on October 30th, 2015 | by Mike Brown0
Thoughts on ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
Last May and June, I saw some of the ads for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and I thought it looked like a lot of fun. It’s not.
They don’t tell you that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical in the ads. It is a musical. Like, a classic, over-the-top, hammy musical with the tone of, say, the ’80s Annie movie or the movie version of The Producers — i.e., terrible, just terrible.
I didn’t make it past the first song. The show seems to be for people who thought Glee was too subtle or that Smash wasn’t cheesy enough.
No one got out of this show unscathed. The acting, direction, writing, song-writing are all laughable, except not in the way that I’m actually laughing. Those sexist beer commercials from the ’80s were more defensible than Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It’s like if Ally McBeal’s cast weren’t funny or if they sang in depression ads.
I usually try to give something a fair chance. Don’t give this a fair chance. Let’s just ignore it and wait for it to go away.
Rebecca Bunch has always been wound a little tightly. It’s something that served her well as she has raced up the ladder at her corporate law firm in New York. It may also be why she has no life. So when Rebecca bumps into Josh Chan – her handsome, long-ago summer camp-sweetheart – she knows that it’s a sign. A sign for her to quit her job, drop everything, and move across the country to West Covina, California – where, in a huge, definitely-unrelated coincidence, Josh just happens to live.
With her impressive résumé, Rebecca quickly lands a new job at a local law firm, where her boss, Darryl, is more of a star-struck admirer than an authority figure. Not everyone is immediately enamored with the new hire, as the firm’s head paralegal, Paula, is at first suspicious of Rebecca’s reasons for relocation. However, in dealing with some secret personal troubles of her own, Paula becomes empathic to Rebecca’s unrequited crush, and the two form a unique bond.
Settling into her new Southern California surroundings, Rebecca eventually tears herself away from lurking on Josh’s Facebook page long enough to agree to a date with Josh’s friend, Greg, who works at the local sports bar. But Rebecca discovers her social media stalking has failed to uncover one important detail – Josh’s girlfriend, Valencia.
Rebecca’s contagious, sometimes-delusional enthusiasm begins to stir the citizens of West Covina, including her cynical neighbor, Heather, shaking them up and giving them a new soundtrack to their lives.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stars Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken) as Rebecca; Santino Fontana (Frozen) as Greg; Donna Lynne Champlin (The Good Wife) as Paula; Vincent Rodriguez III (Hostages) as Josh; Pete Gardner (Project X) as Darryl; and Vella Lovell as Heather (Three Dates).
Source: The CW