Harrison Ford Is Demeaning Himself in Laughless Comedy

You can feel the urge to laugh shrinking and dying with each passing minute. shrinka new half-hour Apple TV+ series from Jason SegelBill Lawrence, and Ted Lassoby Brett Goldstein.

Premiering January 27, the series follows a grief therapist who transforms his life and practice by letting patients know exactly how he’s feeling, then deeply engages in… their problems. Boasts horrid spins from its over-the-top cast, chalkboard-like scenarios, and the involvement of Harrison Ford in a role and project, that’s underneath him, it’s the lowest point of the “high-concept” comedy.

When we first met Jimmy (Segel), he was partying in his pool at 3 a.m. with drugs, alcohol, and a few prostitutes. This awakens neighbor Liz (Christa Miller), who is not only Jimmy’s nosy friend but also a surrogate mother to his teenage daughter Alice (Lukita Maxwell), who has become estranged from her. father after the recent death of his biological mother in a car accident. .

Jimmy and Alice are both a mess, and one day, at work, Jimmy’s heartbreak, anger, and frustration finally flare up. Unable to listen to his client groan and groan about dilemmas he believes they could solve if they just followed his advice, the therapist decides to speak as if it were with his abusive wife Grace (Heidi Gardner), thereby crossing invisible ethical and professional boundaries. that is considered sacred by Jimmy’s mentor, Paul (Ford).

Jimmy is doing exactly what he shouldn’t, but he’s encouraged to keep doing it when Grace listens to him and gives up her abusive husband for a supposedly happier life. . As a result, when close colleague Gabby (Jessica Williams) gives him a new patient named Sean (Luke Tennie), a war vet in Afghanistan with severe anger control problems, to which Jimmy responds by letting this guy practice anger. his data at an MMA gym. Then—in one of countless unbelievable episodes intended to amplify the eccentricity of the proceedings—Jimmy invites Sean to move into his home.

Alice agrees to this because she can barely mind her dad and also because she thinks Sean is attractive. Meanwhile, Sean agrees with it because, portrayed by Tennie and written by Goldstein, Lawrence and Segel, he is a personalityless narrative device adorned with clichés.

Jimmy and Alice are the main focus of maudlin shrink, but they are not the only ones facing loss and loneliness. Liz is engulfed by discontent in the empty nest and copes by clinging to Alice and tolerating her happily submissive husband Derek (Ted McGinley). Gabby is getting divorced and struggles with a strangely muted sex drive. Paul is learning to cope with his Parkinson’s disease and reconnecting with his adult daughter Meg (Lily Rabe), whom he barely raised, and the son of whom he barely knew. And Jimmy’s real estate attorney Brian (Michael Urie) best friend, despite running around constantly declaring “Things will go my way!”, is unable to propose to his longtime partner. due to a deep fear of taking risks and commitments.

There are no stable or happy people in the group, nor original people: Brian is the flamboyant gay BFF, Gabby is the sassy friend, the racial scoff, and the one destined to be lovers. of Jimmy, and Paul is a cranky older statesman who grumbles about Jimmy’s behavior, but deep down, can’t stop caring about him and Alice.

Paul also appreciates chewing gum in a mid-season episode, just as creative as shrink as it moves toward a seemingly inevitable conclusion, in which everyone epitomizes the benefits and pitfalls of escaping self-imposed exile and bonding with loved ones. The show’s text is so frank and clear that its life lessons are clear even before they’re delivered.

At the center of this unhappy spiral is Jimmy, a maddening and moody disaster that Segel turns into the most annoying protagonist on TV. Despite pretending to care about others, Jimmy’s every action is about himself and the fact that shrink will definitely make him realize this at the end of the season only makes him more upset.

Segel never stops raving madly as his protagonist grows more and more out of control, his performance as tense as the series’ stab at hilarity. Whether going on a rampage at Liz, talking inappropriately to Alice about her sex life, or giving Sean bad advice and then lying to Paul about it, he’s simultaneously a jerk. idiot, an idiot and a lousy doctor, and the show tries to make it cute and okay – because, you see, it’s a byproduct of an inner pain he can’t deal with – is its main, if not the only, cause of failure.

shrinktheir players are all cut from the same fake fabric, very irritable and sarcastic, at the same time hurt and extremely sensitive, to the point of not being able to take them or their difficulties seriously. in their warehouse. The peddler’s play is the most jarring of its kind, it goes round and round from one crazy incident to another, mostly due to Jimmy’s reckless desire to help others by involving himself in the business. their business — a tactic that will inevitably lead to his patient curing him.

Heck, people will heal others through love, understanding and some kind words at the end of this love affair. Therefore, tolerating Jimmy and company as they clashed and reconciled, criticized and comforted each other, was a hefty price to pay for predictable pleasant revelations and solutions.

Placing a punctuation mark to symbolize every line and scene, Segel, Williams, and Miller never fail to elicit groans. On the other hand, Ford just makes people sad—not because his turn is particularly moving (he tries as hard as he can with an overarching, two-dimensional character), but because it’s frustrating to see him He stuck with below-average material that required him to snarl with literal displeasure and enthusiastically sing along to Sugar Ray’s “Every Morning.”

Even when downplayed by stale or wobbly scripts (or both!), the legendary actor still refuses to say excessively, thereby proving himself to be the only actor with a relative rise to fame. peaceful. However, Ford is still better shrinkand so do most of the other comedies currently airing.

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