Season nine of Two and a Half Men
marks a sea change--original star Charlie Sheen was fired for off-screen antics and was replaced by Ashton Kutcher. Fans of Sheen may be a bit slow to warm to Kutcher's character and chemistry, but viewers who give him a chance will realize that he and the rest of the cast (the amazing Jon Cryer and all-grown-up Angus T. Jones) are taking Two and a Half Men
in a creative, new, and yes, funny direction. Kutcher plays Walden Schmidt, an Internet magnate who buys the beach mansion where Alan (Cryer) and Jake (Jones) have lived. The next thing you know, the three have decided to live together and form a makeshift new family of guys to give rise to comedy. Is Kutcher as talented a deadpan cynic as Charlie (Sheen)? No, but his softer weirdness helps take the cast and storylines in fresh new directions--something Two and a Half Men
, after eight seasons, truly needed. Fans will not want to miss the long documentary/interview with show creator Chuck Lorre and the cast and writers about the "real story" behind the changes in the show (which necessitated the "death" of the character of Charlie). Also included is a feature on the "redesign" of the mansion set, which is a fascinating look at just how on-screen magic is created. Finally, there's a gag reel that should lay to rest any doubt that this new cast is having the time of their lives. Long live Men
! --A.T. Hurley
The ninth season of Two and a Half Men comes with big changes - and even bigger laughs! When hopelessly nerdish Alan (Jon Cryer) and his son Jake (Angus T. Jones) encounter a nagging cash-flow problem, their solution is to sell their newly inherited beach pad to internet gazillionaire Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher). Soon, the three guys bond, form a substitute family, and experience all sorts of comedic exploits that audiences come to expect from this hilarious hit comedy!