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Shrill Review 2019 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: Aidy Bryant
Stars: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones
Review: The most dangerous thing a woman can possess is self-esteem. He likes his own body, trusts his own instincts, values his own time and company, thinks it is interesting and special, enters into commercial and personal relationships based only on mutual benefit and respect. Sometimes this makes advertisers have no idea how to corner us. If we do not hate ourselves, how will we know what to buy? Sometimes self-esteem leads to violence against us.
Sometimes, however, self-esteem sets us free.
“Shrill” is a show in which that happens, and it’s charming.
Aidy Bryant plays Annie, a writer in Portland, Oregon, who is stuck; stuck out with a beardo dingus that treats her badly; stuck with the tedious society ticker constantly running in his mind, telling him that she is bad, disgusting, lazy and worthless because she is fat.
Annie is not an apology of a human being, who are taught to be fat people and especially fat women, nor to spend every second of the day desperate. But when we meet her, she is almost at the end of her rope. She is sly enough to joke that the man she is sleeping with, Ryan (Luka Jones), is “like a disrespectful baby, but a man who knows better”, but she tells her mother, whom she knows in her cook, when his mother comes to make breakfast and leave his clothes.
“Shrill,” available on Hulu as of Friday, is based on Lindy West’s popular “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” and was adapted for television by West, Bryant and Alexandra Rushfield. (West is also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times). Like “Transparent” and “Better Things”, it sounds like it’s not true, so it’s true enough. Emotionally true.
Part of that sense of authenticity comes from the dizzying specificity of the program. Annie’s roommate and best friend, Fran (Lolly Adefope), describes Ryan as “a normcore of Ted Kaczynski.” ), The horrible boss of Annie, boasts of being “the original bassist of Bikini Kill”.
The main reason why “Shrill” lands is the unpretentious performance of Bryant. She radiates the wounded hope of someone who is ready for the next chapter of her life, and at the end of the six episode season, she is there. In the fourth featured episode, “Pool,” written by Samantha Irby, Annie goes to a pool party with a positive body and has a ball. And she has an epiphany. In tears, she laments the “mental prison” that she is beginning to recognize and reject, wishing she had been spared before shame and self-esteem.
“It would have saved me so much time,” he sighs. “And pain.”
It’s not that “Shrill” is about misery, really. Annie is funny and some of her friends are funny, so there’s a lot of nonsense to talk about, jokes made for the benefit of other characters and not for the audience. Annie’s main obstacle is her boss Gabe, clearly based on West’s former boss in the Seattle daily The Stranger, Dan Savage. Here he has become a cartoon character of yesteryear, a stalker stalker who annoys Annie, and claims that all he cares about is his health and health care costs, but he does not even wear a seatbelt. It’s not that what he says is not painful, but part of discovering who you want to be is knowing who you want to listen to.
As Annie is recalibrating, so are others, whether she realizes or not, what she does not do in general. Fran wonders if she has mistreated women in her rudimentary life as a couple. Annie’s mother (Julia Sweeney) and father (Daniel Stern) face their father’s cancer treatments in different ways, none of which works so well. A happily married friend admits to having fantasized about the deli guy, and even Ryan is making his own kind of effort, proving that he really is the best person to call if his dog accidentally eats mushrooms. The change is incremental but it is constant, and it is everywhere.
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