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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Language, rude jokes in brilliant choose your own adventure.

Movie NR 2020 80 minutes
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Wild, colorful, and joyful, this exhilarating exercise in "choose your own adventure" television is as stuffed with jokes and lovable characters as the series that spawned it. In an adventure that reads much like an extra-long episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, pretty much every character we've met in the Kimmy-verse shows up for a few moments in the fractured narrative (even Buckley and Xan!) along with a few new ones -- chiefly, of course, Kimmy's fiancé, Prince Frederick. Daniel Radcliffe presents himself admirably, festooned with cartoonish medals and gamely offering to either do wedding planning with Kimmy or make out with her, her choice -- or, as it turns out, ours. That's one of the moments in which the action pauses and we're offered the choice to let the couple make out, keep them busy with their seating chart, or allow Kimmy to make a phone call.

Making a choice one way or the other sends the viewer down some exceedingly strange and enjoyable rabbit holes, and the format allows you to return to former choices and make a different one. Or you can speed through the narrative in a straight line by letting Kimmy make the choices for you. In one go-round, selecting the option to listen to a recorded message from Dona Maria's culinary company winds up with Kimmy sitting through a complete Mexican food-centered rendition of "The 12 Days of Christmas." Another set of choices lets you watch (priceless, delicious) Titus Andromedon make a fool of himself onstage at a redneck bar, or perform a spine-tingling rendition of "Free Bird." There's only one choice you really must make: Clear room in your schedule for this fresh, funny entertainment experience. It's worth it.

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