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So NoTORIous - The Complete Series
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So what do you do if your hit TV show went off the air in 2000, your last studio film was Scary Movie 2, and you've become tabloid fodder and a sure-fire pop culture punchline? If you're plucky Tori Spelling, you go the Fat Actress route and co-create and bravely star in a TV series that takes a self-deprecating look at your life. In an interview with Tori included amongst the ample bonus features, she reveals this series was born out of "years of people laughing at me." Making lemonade out of her lemon of a career, she seems to have taken Robin Williams' maxim to heart: "Joke 'em if they can't take a (blank)." While this is decidedly a fictionalized portrayal, there is, with a bow towards Stephen Colbert, a playful "truthiness" to So NoTORious that will appeal to her fans and even her detractors. There are, at her expense, plastic surgery jokes, eating disorder jokes, and, hitting way close to home, nepotism jokes, as when Tori insists to uber-producer father, Aaron (cleverly heard, but not seen, a la Charlie in Charlie's Angels) that she thinks it best if she gets her own acting jobs, adding, "Unless, of course, you want to buy me a studio... No, daddy, don't do it. I was just kidding."
Through miserable dates, disastrous parties, and career setbacks, So NoTORIous is nearly as cringe-worthy as Curb Your Enthusiasm, although unlike the irascible Larry David, our heart goes out to the hapless Tori, game as she is to somehow right the ship of public perception of her as a "spoiled Beverly Hills princess who's had everything handed to her." "I'm trying to keep a low profile," she complains at one point, and accordingly, the series does not feature many star cameos or appearances by her Beverly Hills 90210 costars. Farrah Fawcett does a nifty turn as herself in the episode "Plucky," and Whoopi Goldberg appears as a psychic in "Cursed" ("You are a wretched, miserable soul," she divines). Making a welcome return to the small screen is Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) as Tori's neglectful and self-absorbed mother (which certainly couldn't have helped the well-publicized real-life rift between Tori and her mater). Who knows where Tori's career goes from here? Based on So NoTORIous, there could be a Suddenly Susan in her future! --Donald LiebensonSee all Editorial Reviews
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The episodes are a spoof on Tori's real life, with some of her real-life friends being represented by actors in the episodes. Loni Anderson plays her mom, Felicity Huffman plays her manager, and there are appearances by other famous actors too (Farrah, Whoopi, etc.). Her dad only talks via speaker, like on Charlie's Angels. Mehran, presumably, is played by a less handsome but still good character. I've grown to love Mehran in Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, and I appreciate seeing him represented in Tori's spoofs representing times when she was still single.
The bottom line for me is that I love watching Tori's kids on TV, and I love seeing her as a mom in "real life", so even though these episodes and enlightening and Laugh Out Loud funny at times, I prefer to see her in the current day.
These episodes, however, are worth every penny. Read the other reviews, then make your purchase. You won't be disappointed!
(After-thought: The series is not rated, however, my guess is that it would be rated R.)
So NoTORIous(on which Tori serves as co-exec producer, co-creator as well as the main character) is very well-written and laugh-out-loud funny, with numerous pop-culture references littered throughout the script such as Tori's 90210 and childhood flashbacks, a cop mockingly volunteering to call Starsky and Hutch "and maybe the Mod Squad" after she reports her Blackberry as stolen, her apparent lingering fear of Shannen Doherty resurfaces after seeing her in a sex shop and roommate Pete's skanky girlfriend-of-the-week claiming Tori "looks better in person" (a real-life comment Tori says she is often told) and that she never watched 90210 as it was "so gay-everyone on it was like 40 and still a virgin".
You get the picture lol. Friend Janey's sarcastic remarks, Sasan's haughtiness, Pete's girl-craziness, manager Ruthie's constant praise of her "marvellous whore" of a client (Tori) and Kiki's bleedingly obvious disdain of her daughter's lack of perfection are more than enough reason (along with Tori's own performance) to buy this DVD.
Tori's real-life fashion-conscious pug, Mimi LaRue is also a cute addition and 1 interesting fact is that Loni Anderson(Kiki)is a long-time family friend of Aaron&Candy, Tori's real parents and has known Tori for over 20 years so their on-screen relationship is even more realistic.
I have no idea why this show was ever canceled--perhaps the "genius" that runs networks these days (even off networks like E! or VH1, whoever it was that aired this series) just doesn't recognize talent when they see it. In any event, this was Tori Spelling at her absolute most hilarious.
In beautifully funny autobiographical look at the life that Spelling lived--the odd relationship with her mother, the absence of her father--is played out to perfection by Tori and her fellow actors as Spelling relives some of the early days after moving out of the family home. Frankly, only Tori could have made such fun of herself and done so with such wit and charm. Only her special brand of self-loathing could reveal the tender truth of her sensitivities, her insecurities, all rendered with a kind of self-deprecating comedy that makes [i]So NoTORIous[/i] one of the funniest sit-coms in the history of situational comedy.
I strongly and heartily recommend this DVD to anyone who likes a good laugh, and if you have never liked Tori Spelling, then that's even more reason why you should buy this DVD and enjoy every cynical moment in which she pokes fun at herself like no one else ever could.
I wasn't a huge Tori Spelling fan before I saw this show. Now, I can hardly get enough of her. She's just so noTORIous, and I love it!
She plays Tori Spelling who is living in an apartment that her parents paid for. She has a roomate - Pete, and a GBFF - Sasan and a BBF - Janey. She has a distant mother Kiki (is this really how her relationship with her real mother is like?) and a vertually non-existant visual relationship with her famous dad Aaron (they always comunicate via intercom). Loni Anderson plays her mom and let me say she looks terrible - too much work done, but she was fantastic in this.
Throughout the series, we see Tori and her friends in different situations. In each episode there are 'flashbacks' to Tori's traumatic past which in themselves are quite funny. There is the hilarious episode where Pete brings his girlfriend over to the apartment and Tori has to leave and the funny (yet sometimes annoying) episode where Tori becomes a big sister.
Don't be prejudice before buying this. Don't think that because Tori Spelling is in it, that it won't be good. It is good and really worth taking a look at. I absolutely love it and glad that I made the purchase. (I also like the outtakes at the end of each episode).