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Review of "Shrill"
airs now on HULU
This story seems as if someone saw AMC's excellent show "Dietland" and
thought to themselves, "I think I can take this idea and make it a nice, light
comedy." Unfortunately, it's the biting humor of that show that made it great.
"Shrill" is supposed to be a comedy about an overweight millennial, but it's not
very funny. I do find the show interesting, though, so I'll probably keep
watching. I've read that it gets better as the show progresses.
"Saturday Night Live's" Aidy Bryant plays an
unhappy young woman, Annie, who wants to write more
articles for her employer's trendy
magazine. She has casual regular
sex with a guy who clearly doesn't care much about
her. She has a good friend, her roommate Gwen,
and two loving parents. Her father has cancer, so
they're dealing with that. She seems like an average
woman who's not very satisfied with her life and
generally lets people push her around.
Annie wants to change her life, but she's tired
of people focusing on her weight rather than seeing
her as a real person. She doesn't want to (or
can't?) lose weight. She just wants to be successful
and treated like a normal human being. During the
show, she changes and stands up for herself more.
Of course, you should treat everyone like regular
human beings, even those who are very overweight.
However, if you are as heavy as she seems to be, and
unhappy, it seems that losing weight is the answer
(at least in part). Mind you, I hate seeing people that young
who are overweight because I know it only gets worse
as you get older (being overweight myself for the
past 20 years). The weight gets harder to lose,
and you start to have other health issues. All
of these people on TV that say (as Samantha Bee did
recently) that not everyone who's fat is unhealthy
or needs to lose weight...I really don't buy it. We
do have an obesity problem in this country, and this
is part of the problem. On the flipside of that,
though, is that most of us think we're fat, even if
we're not. As with most issues, America is a mass of
This girl Annie definitely needs to lose weight.
It's not "normal" to be in your 20's and have double
chins like that. She should be exercising and eating
healthy, though, not dieting. People should
stop fad diets and just eat healthy. However,
not a very exciting TV show premise. The
show focuses on the humor in her situation when
people treat her badly, and how she deals with it.
It's a light-hearted sort of humor.
I like most of the message of the show (that you
shouldn't treat "fat" people differently or shame
them), and I like the characters. I'll keep watching
to see what happens. I really liked how they
addressed abortion in the first episode as if it
were just an unpleasant operation. You don't see
that very often on TV or movies. Kudos to them.
From Executive Producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks
comes Shrill, a comedy series
starring Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, a fat
young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body.
Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad
boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss.
The series stars Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian
Owens, John Cameron Mitchell, Patti Harrison, Julia Sweeney,
and Daniel Stern.
The series is executive produced by Lorne Michaels,
Elizabeth Banks, showrunner Ali Rushfield, Lindy West,
Andrew Singer of Broadway Video and Max Handelman of
Brownstone Productions. Ali Rushfield, Lindy West, and Aidy
Bryant serve as co-writers. The series is produced by Warner
Bros., Broadway Video and Brownstone Productions. Warner
Bros. will serve as the international distributor.
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