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The Kominsky Method Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: Chuck Lorre
Review: Two words spring to mind immediately before my mind begins to form more coherent descriptions.
“Light” yet “Strong”..
A drama-comedy (..’Dramedy’ ?) made of carbon fibre!
While I would describe it as light entertainment, meaning it’s not heavily focused on laugh out loud humour and the drama seems like any typical show looking for ideas for their cast to go through.. i.e. some heavy subjects that seem to feature hospitals pretty prominently! Douglas is an acting coach verging on retirement.. the writers certainly haven’t pulled any punches when referencing his age , divorce, cancer, sex, aging, addiction, rehab.. oh, and don’t forget the big one – taxes!
Actually, Douglas’ own son spent 7 years in prison for non violent drug offences – so being reminded of that through this script can’t be easy. But he does an incredble job.
Weirdly, it’s Lisa Edelstein playing the drunk/addict daughter of his best friend. Which is interesting because she recently played an addict doctor in the show ‘The Good Doctor’ and she was famously looking after Hugh Laurie’s character House, who was a drug addict himself in the show ‘House’.
I just find it interesting that in many of her recent roles she either knows someone, or is herself, suffering with addiction!
Wow, okay, so .. typing all of this out, I realise how much is actually going on in the show. But, like I explained, I’ve completely overlooked much of the plot because I’ve really been watching for the banter and chemistry between Douglas and Arkin, which is pure delight. They are both such terrific actors. Alan Arkin doing his usual deadpan to perfection (He played the therapist in Gross Pointe Blank. A similar vibe in this I feel.. giving good advice that is ultimately ignored by the people around him.)
Bottom line, its great drama, interesting situation, but its the acting that shines through – ironically, as it’s based around the main character who is an acting coach,
I love Michael Douglas, hes a great actor, he can obviously poke fun at himself as there are a lot of digs at his age – and his own son had major issues with drugs, so the story line about the daughter going to rehab must hit pretty close to home.
Its nice to see addiction in drama these days much more realistically depicted. Drug addicts and alcoholics aren’t awful people any more, they are real people with health issues and it affects regular people in middle class families, not just poor people or troubled individuals.
Hats off to the writers for getting this right.
I’ve really enjoyed watching this. It’s easy to follow and makes a nice change from all the really hard to follow, crazy storylines of a lot of what is going on right now on TV! Great to see Michael Douglas again too.. especially with a cameo from Danny DeVito, I’m sure they had a laugh on set again as I don’t think they’ve worked together since the days of War of the Roses and Romancing the Stone era.
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