The Middle (2009-Present)

The Middle

(TV-PG)

Plot Summary: The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the city of Orson, Indiana.

Creators: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline

Stars: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott

Serious Jest: animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd) (White Noise) Every once in a while, you’ll get a chuckle out of this show, and there are some insightful commentaries about life in general. However, watching Frankie & Mike Heck schlep through life in their crappy jobs, in their crappy house, and with their ungrateful kids is way too often depressing. After Season 1, I will only be watching further episodes of this show if it happens to come on TV while I’m doing something else. That being said, Heaton and Flynn are charismatic in their roles; Frankie is a much better character than Debra Barone. Also, Atticus Shaffer is an excellent little weirdo.

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HouseSitter (1992)

(PG) 102 mins

Synopsis: Con artist Gwen moves into Newton’s empty house without his knowledge, and begins setting up house posing as his new wife.

Director: Frank Oz

Writers: Mark Stein (story & screenplay) and Brian Grazer (story)

Stars: Steve MartinGoldie Hawn and Dana Delany

Serious Jest:  (Don’t Bother)  The immense charisma of Martin and Hawn really carry this movie and hold your attention, but the script is just not funny enough as a comedy to justify actually sitting down and paying attention to this film throughout, and it’s too silly to be a compelling love story…I guess it’s okay to have on in the background while you’re being productive doing something else, though.