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Sheen's Anger is Managed to a dullness,
This review is from: Anger Management: Season 1 (DVD)
I miss Charlie Sheen in Two and A Half Men. The show lacked after he was fired. Anger Management is a lollipop to fans of Men. The problem with Anger Management is Sheen is sorta muted in this new role, I miss good ole Charlie Harper. This character of Charlie Goodson seems dull and boring.
As a retired Baseball player turned shrink, Sheen does shine through. The world does revolve around his character. He needs more development to grow in this series. there are times Sheen seems like he is phoning his performance in rather than allowing himself to be a full comedic speed. Charlie does grow on you, I want to see what he will do in season two with the addition of Martin Sheen playing his dad as a regular. The elder Sheen is in the highlight of the season this season with then episode "Charlie's Dad Visits" (episode nine)
The supporting cast is hit and miss performance-wise. Selma Blair as his Girlfriend/his therapist Kate needs to be fleshed out more because she is given almost nothing to do. Charlie's ex wife is played by Shawnee Smith. Her role is a more fuller and well rounded character, better than she was in Becker: The Second Season. Barry Corbin as Ed steals every scene he is in as one of Charlie's therapy patients. Micheal Boatman, a leftover from Sheen's Spin City: The Complete Fifth Season days, plays Charlie's best friend is given so little to do that I feel he is wasted in this thrown away role.
As dull as the show first season was, it does have a little promise, plus the show has 90 more episodes to go on FX. Lets hope creator Bruce Helford (who also created shows for Drew Carey and George Lopez)can breath life into the second season of this series and Charlie gets his comedy mojo back
Maybe after they cancel two and a half men this season, actor Jon Cryer can join the cast as Charlie's long lost brother? We can only hope!
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Initial post: Mar 1, 2013 3:47:18 AM PST
David Seaman says:
You wrote an excellent review and I thank you. The trouble you found was that you wanted Charlie Harper back. This is a new cha4acter. And also keep in mind that Sheen is still recovering from a very serious illness for which he took all the blame and should not have had to. Emotional illness is treated like a crime in this country. Sheen is a remarkably gifted actor- this was evident from "Platoon" on. I didn;t begin to watch 2 1'\/2 men until this year so I was able to see all 8 seasons in a row. It's possible that Kutcher and the brillianty Jon Vryer ca be well placed by the gifted Chuck Lorre (who got his start on "Roseanne") Thanks, I'm gonna buy it.
Posted on Mar 15, 2013 5:57:50 AM PDT
You gave 4 stars to a show that you considered "dull"??
Doesn't make sense to me!?
I think 2-1/2 men was already 'WAY OVER' when the 1/2 link grew up....it turned in to two men and a jerk of teenager.
This is definetly a 'new' Charlie on a 'new' show and I really enjoyed the heck out of it!
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