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United States of Tara: Season 2 (2010)

Toni Collette , John Corbett  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Toni Collette, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Keir Gilchrist, Brie Larson
  • Writers: Diablo Cody
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Showtime / Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003FSTN7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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United States of Tara stars Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette, recent Emmy® winner for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and Golden Globe® nominee for her role as Tara, a woman who juggles being a suburban wife, mother and sister while also having DID (dissociative identity disorder), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. This season starts with a bang – literally. Just as Tara decides to move on from her past, a sudden neighborhood incident opens the door to her family’s shocking secrets. Her alters – some returning and some new – will help unravel the mysteries while simultaneously infusing their own chaos into the mix. Meanwhile, the rest of Tara’s family explores their own identities as Max hits a boiling point; Marshall questions his sexuality; Kate takes on an online fantasy persona; and Charmaine finds herself in a complicated love triangle.

There can be such a thing as being too clever when it comes to screenwriting, with even the most distinctively quotable writers (see: Aaron Sorkin, Kevin Smith, Joss Whedon) sometimes unable to keep their individual characters' dialogue from melding into a hyper-literate homogenous mass. While it's unlikely that Diablo Cody came up with the premise of United States of Tara as a way of suppressing her own tendencies towards quippy sameness, the continually shifting nature of its main character shows that this Oscar winner has range beyond Juno's hipper-than-thou patter. Anchored by Toni Collette's phenomenal performance, these 12 episodes serve as a happy improvement over the intriguing first season, with the considerable moments of quirk largely balanced by a growing sympathy for its characters. Picking up several months after the previous season, the story finds dissociative personality disorder sufferer Tara (Collette) in a condition of something approaching normal, with her various alter-egos (including the overly macho Buck, '50s housewife Alice, and hysterical id-monster Gimme) all kept in check by medication. When faced with a variety of new stressors, however--including the impending marriage of her flighty sister (Rosemarie DeWitt) and the decision by her husband (John Corbett) to purchase the house next door--the suppressed residents of her psyche all come bubbling back. As a rule, Cody and Co. rarely allow a moment of narrative downtime, with results that range from realistically hectic to annoyingly frazzled. (The most Juno-esque element, a subplot involving Brie Larson's immersion into the world of webcam modeling, could have come off as unbearably twee were it not for the terrific grounding presence of guest star Viola Davis.) Such tonal blips are easy to forgive, however, when countered with Collette's astonishing warmth and physicality. (Case in point: the standout sixth episode "Torando!," in which she somehow quick-draws between four separate personalities with only a slight shift in expressions.) Whenever Tara gives Collette room to run, 30 minutes in her company seems like far too little time. --Andrew Wright

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tweaked July 8, 2010
Since I loved the first season of United States of Tara so much, I was surpirsed to find out that creator/lead writer Diablo Cody wasn't really happy with it, and felt the need to, if not revamp, perhaps tweak the series. Since I thought it was great the way it was, if it ain't broke, why fix it, right?

The main difference, right off the bat, is in Tara. Although the titular character, in Season 1 Tara herself was usually subdued, frazzled, overwhelmed, or embarrassed, and it was the alters who stole the show. It seems like Season 2 finds the show taking great pains to make Tara more interesting, even without her alters. I'm not sure this always works. Like the Bob Newhart of her personalities, Tara is perhaps better off playing straight man and letting T, Buck, Alice, etc play their outrageous archetypes for all they're worth.

The storylines in Season 2 probably succeed about 2/3 of the time. And even when they don't, they're not terrible. Tara's creation of an alter who's a New York psychiatrist is one of the season's best storylines, as well as how it ties into the revelations that finally allow Tara to find the source of her DID. Buck's romance with a barista, Marshall's awkward attempt at heterosexuality, and Kate's friendship with an eccentric artist are all some of the season's other highlights. Charmaine's wedding storyline is probably the weakest, and a waste of Rosemarie DeWitt's acting chops, and the introduction of the Gregson family's gay neighbors added nothing.

The performances are what continue to elevate the series and compensate for any unevenness. Toni Colette continues to knock it out of the park, while playing what is really a series of distinct roles. (She's like a subtler Tracy Ullman.) And the actors who play Marshall and Kate are probably two of the best and most underrated actors on television.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Season 2 is's better December 30, 2010
I was compelled to write this review after reading some of the other reviews for the second season of United States of Tara. I absolutely loved the first season of U.S. Tara and I have been anxiously awaiting the second season. I do not have Showtime so I had to wait until the DVD set of season two was released this week. After having watched all of season two (in one night) opinion is that on a scale of 1-10, season one was a 10, and season two is a 75.

Before seeing season two myself I read the reviews on here that noted that "Tara is faltering," that this season was altered or tweaked, etc. I too also read the interview where creator Diablo Cody said that she was not happy with season one and wanted to make some changes. I was nervous, as I didn't think there was anything wrong with season one. Well now I have seen the changes made to the show and the result is that season two is much deeper, more complex, more interesting, and overall much more richer than season one.

One reviewer said that in this season they try to make Tara "more interesting" and that it doesn't work. Well it's not that the writers are trying to make her "interesting," but rather they are delving deeper into the character and exploring her struggles and pain. In season one Tara was mostly a one-dimensional character, and frankly she is not dramatically different in season two, but she has much more depth and we begin to relate and empathize with her emotionally. We get a look inside at how this woman has handled living her entire life with her disorder.

In my opinion the people that are not fond of season two would prefer that United States of Tara be nothing more than a circus act where Tara's alters appear, dress up, and act up a bunch of comical shenanigans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show! December 10, 2013
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Wish this show didn't come to an end. I'm picky about television, but after watching this show, I could have easily gone for another 9 least.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good acting, strange show May 10, 2013
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The acting was good but DID doesn't work the way it's portrayed. The series just ended and that was strange, too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!! February 24, 2011
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This is not a show that you can jump into the middle of. If you have seen season 1 I would say buy season 2. It is even funnier than the first season. Tara and the whole gang are back. Hilarious and touching moments throughout this whole season. Tara and her family get closer to figuring out what happened to Tara that caused her personality to split. Her kids are coming into their own, her sister is stumbling her way through romances while her husband is always there. A great great show!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tara is faltering... June 8, 2010
I still like this show very much, but in my opinion, "The United States of Tara" just was not as good as it was during Season 1.

Don't get me wrong...Toni Collette is absolutely fantastic as Tara. This season contains some hilarious moments, including the introduction of several new alters (Shoshana, Tara's new therapist; and Chicken, Tara at age five). Some of the subplots are fantastic as well, including Marshall (Kier Gilchrist) finally coming to terms with his sexuality and Kate (Brie Larson) becoming cam-girl Princess Valhalla Hawkwind (which is a total She-Ra rip-off, but still awesome.)

However, a lot of things happened this season that I didn't like. The character of Charmaine (Rosemarie DeWitt) has always annoyed me, and I hated her even more this season. She has the moral compass of a flea and is just a terrible person whose presence adds no value to the show, in my opinion. Also, Max (John Corbett) kind of goes off the deep end this season in several ways, and that really bothered me. I don't see how any man could put up with being married to Tara, but Max has always been great and then just sort of snapped in Season 2, and it seemed so out of character for him.

We don't see as much of the original alters in Season 2. Buck is the one who appears most frequently, followed by Alice. I don't think T shows up all season, which is a major bummer. Finally, I kept waiting to get some major revelations about Tara's past in Season 2, and although we get a few, they aren't explained nearly as well as they could have been. I guess Showtime needs material to keep the show going for a few more seasons, but by the time the Season 2 finale wrapped up, I felt like the entire season had been very anticlimactic.

I'll keep watching this show when Season 3 rolls around, but I hope they pick up the pace a little.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sad that is it over :(
Published 5 days ago by Lee Ann Hamblin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd perfect
Arrived today. Great dvd perfect.
Published 7 days ago by Colin Cunnington
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!!
Don't be a fool watch this deliciously dark family drama. It doesn't overwhelm it makes you realize what you have!
Published 17 days ago by Elizabeth Ann Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, fascinating and well acted
This season intensifies the first season, which itself was well acted and fascinating. Now the stakes increase to Tara and her family. The acting is superb from the entire cast.
Published 20 days ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars and it's so fun to watch
This show keeps your interest, and it's so fun to watch!
Published 20 days ago by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychology is fascinating!
These DVD's were in perfect condition, sealed and arroved early! this is aphenominal show and I have only to buy the last season to own it all. I highly recommend it!
Published 26 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely wonderful show
Amazing, creative, i wish they bring it back
Published 1 month ago by laquasia williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Was good, but got too preachy and political, quit watching.
I really liked the first season and part of the second season. Acting is excellent; Tara and her alters of course, but also Kate and Charmaine.
Published 1 month ago by Klyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this series!!! Mad that they ended it!!! :(
Published 1 month ago by Devon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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