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  • Actors: Toni Collette, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Keir Gilchrist, Brie Larson
  • Directors: Adam Bernstein, Bille Eltringham, Craig Zisk, Jamie Babbit, Penny Marshall
  • Writers: Brett Baer, Dave Finkel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 328 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00511N7B2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,237 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.

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It's satisfying to see a great show like United States of Tara go out on a high note. It's almost as if the writers knew they weren't going to get another chance, so they finally decided to focus on the show's dark center. Tara explored the lead character's dissociative identity disorder as an actual mental illness rather than what her son Marshall (the excellent Keir Gilchrist) sarcastically referred to as a "quirky" personality in one episode. The addition of Charmaine's baby also raised the stakes for the characters--do you really want to leave your baby with a mentally ill person? Toni Collette truly deserved an Emmy nomination for her season's work; she had even more personalities to play in this final season. On the other hand, it's easy to imagine Emmy voters scratching their heads over this series being called a comedy. Eddie Izzard joined the cast as a psychology teacher who decided he would be the one who would be able to "fix" Tara. For regular viewers, a lot of questions that you may have asked over the years got some satisfying answers, such as why does the put-upon Max (John Corbett) stay with Tara? Basically, this was the season where everyone got a chance to grow up and make big life-altering decisions--even Neil (Patton Oswalt), who finally stands up to both Max and Charmaine. And it was good to see the feisty Kate (Brie Larson) finally get a boyfriend worthy of her in the form of Keir O'Donnell (My Generation). Other than a photo gallery and bios of the characters, there are no extras here. Too bad creator Diablo Cody couldn't have given some insight into what might have come next for the Gregson clan. --Paige Newman

Customer Reviews

I think this season is much better than the 2nd.
realrockmama
This show makes a very dark subject seem light with witty banter and unique situational humor.
Candace Cole
This show was well done, excellent characters and great story lines.
Benjamin Stephens

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When "United States of Tara" premiered on Showtime in 2009, its creator Diablo Cody was still riding high from her Oscar win as the writer of "Juno." It's clear that she wanted to establish an eccentric and complicated comedy that spoke to serious issues in an outrageous way. I mean the idea of tackling a multiple personality disorder within a robust family sitcom is certainly an unconventional notion. And her muse seemed to be the energetic Toni Collette who brought numerous dimensions to the multifaceted lead character. As a suburban wife and mother in Overland Park, Kansas--Tara, with her built in plethora of alters, provided Collette with endless acting possibilities. And who doesn't love showy performances? Winning both an Emmy and a Golden Globe, Collette embraced the show's lunacy while finding true heart and pain when appropriate. For me, she has always been the primary reason to watch this chaotic program and the show excelled in the quieter, more realistic, moments showcasing the family dynamic.

I have watched "Tara" for its entire three season run and have not always embraced the over-the-top antics of the supporting cast. Tara's daughter and sister, in particular, have struggled to find an easy balance as real characters. Their wackiness has somehow always felt false and distracted me from the genuineness of the central theme. Rosemarie DeWitt, a fine actress in every respect, could be undeniably grating as sister Charmaine while Brie Larson has been saddled with some of the series' most unfortunate plot lines (an awkward harassment case at work in Season One, a ludicrous Internet story in Season Two) as a daughter moving into adulthood. I mention this at length because the show could have too much eccentricity for its own good.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NeonTiger on August 5, 2011
Format: DVD
Season 3 has unexpectedly become the final season of one the greatest shows to come along in a long time. Was United States of Tara perfect...no, but the show had something that other Showtime shows did not...it had guts. The guts to not repeat the exact same formula season after season (ex. Dexter & Nurse Jackie). Sadly if U.S. Tara would have repeated the same formula it created in season 1 it would probably have kept its viewers and not been cancelled. The American viewing public seems to prefer....well I digress. Season 3 stands as the strongest season of U.S. Tara...though season 2 is my personal favorite, season 3 is the most fast-paced, dark, complex, and well-written season of the show. It's tragic that this show was cancelled when it was at its very best.

I won't go over the entire plot line or give any major spoilers, but the main arch of the season involves Tara returning to college to complete her degree, the revelation that she didn't complete her degree the first time around because she attempted suicide, the emergence of a mysterious & violent alter, and an all out war inside Tara's head for control. The storylines for the other family members have always tended to be weak, contrived, or ridiculous (Kate on a cake, season 2 for example), but in season 3 the writers seem to have finally found interesting storylines for the family members...though granted their storylines are far less interesting than Tara's story. Kate finally makes the transition into adulthood and while there isn't much exciting in her storyline, it is believable and refreshing. Marshall and Max on the other hand have interesting storylines that involve their internal conflicts in dealing with Tara's disorder and with each other.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on July 28, 2011
Format: DVD
Judge Clark Douglas, DVD Verdict-- Well, United States of Tara, it was a good run. Alas, after three increasingly ambitious seasons of entertaining television, Showtime has pulled the plug on the program that had quietly turned into its best show (though this is largely due to the fact that Dexter's wheel-spinning has become frustrating and Weeds has wandered off into shark-jumping territory). Those of you who have been watching the program on DVD (as I have) undoubtedly have an important question to ask: "How well does it end?"

Without digging into spoilers, permit me to say that United States of Tara ends rather well under the circumstances. Yes, there is one significant unresolved plot thread and one is made rather curious about where a fourth season would have gone, but the finale works quite well given the unexpected nature of the cancellation. It's a touching, cathartic capper to a most intriguing season. The show's third go-round frequently swings for the fences, whiffing in a silly manner on occasion but knocking it out of the park just as often.

The DVD transfer is a typically sturdy TV-show release, boasting strong detail, bright colors, acceptably deep blacks and natural flesh tones. Audio is similarly sturdy, spotlighting dialogue and an appreciably understated soundtrack (speaking of which, I miss the show's inventive theme song--who decided to kill that offbeat charmer?). There are no extras included.
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When "United States of Tara" premiered on Showtime in 2009, its creator Diablo Cody was still riding high from her Oscar win as the writer of "Juno." It's clear that she wanted to establish an eccentric and complicated comedy that spoke to serious issues in an outrageous way. I mean the idea of tackling a multiple personality disorder within a robust family sitcom is certainly an unconventional notion. And her muse seemed to be the energetic Toni Collette who brought numerous dimensions to the multifaceted lead character. As a suburban wife and mother in Overland Park, Kansas--Tara, with her built in plethora of alters, provided Collette with endless acting possibilities. And who doesn't love showy performances? Winning both an Emmy and a Golden Globe, Collette embraced the show's lunacy while finding true heart and pain when appropriate. For me, she has always been the primary reason to watch this chaotic program and the show excelled in the quieter, more realistic, moments showcasing the family dynamic.

I have watched "Tara" for its entire three season run and have not always embraced the over-the-top antics of the supporting cast. Tara's daughter and sister, in particular, have struggled to find an easy balance as real characters. Their wackiness has somehow always felt false and distracted me from the genuineness of the central theme. Rosemarie DeWitt, a fine actress in every respect, could be undeniably grating as sister Charmaine while Brie Larson has been saddled with some of the series' most unfortunate plot lines (an awkward harassment case at work in Season One, a ludicrous Internet story in Season Two) as a daughter moving into adulthood. I mention this at length because the show could have too much eccentricity for its own good.
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