A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's not really an attempt here to convey a "message," but most takeaways are pretty grim. The only bright spot is that Josh's actions -- and corporate greed -- had negative consequences.
Positive Role Models
Josh grapples with guilt, and he is trying to pay back his parents' lost investments. That said, he lost $200 million and caused the collapse of the bank that once employed him. Other characters have major flaws (including drug dependencies, rap sheets, and gambling habits) that are played for laughs. A 13-year-old character lies to his parents and claims not to have been to school since sixth grade.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional cartoonish violence. Josh's 13-year-old brother carries a handgun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sexually charged terms are used -- like "vagina face," "d--k," "junk," "penis," "titty bars," and "numb nuts." Some blurred nudity in a few episodes.
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"F--k" is used often for comedic effect, but it's bleeped. Audibles include "a--holes," "damn," "bitch," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few characters have dependencies on prescription drugs, including diet pills and Vicodin. Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this late-night sitcom leans heavily on bleeped language (mostly "f--k") and an arsenal of cheeky audibles (think "titty bar," "d--k," and "vagina face") for its few laughs. There's also some sexual content -- including blurred-out male and female nudity -- and some characters who have dependencies on prescription drugs. Another notable point for parents: A 13-year-old character who routinely lies to his parents and stays out from midnight to 5 a.m. says he hasn't been to school since the sixth grade. He also carries a concealed weapon, although that fact is played for humor.
Is It Any Good?
Big Lake is so bad that you're left wondering what went wrong -- and whom to blame. Whether you love him or you hate him, Will Ferrell (who executive produced, along with longtime collaborator Adam McKay) can typically be trusted to deliver a laugh. But the only chuckles you'll find here are part of the show's ham-handed laugh track. How in the world did this make it on the air?
According to news reports, Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder was originally slated to play Josh but left the project just weeks before filming, citing "creative differences." The decision to cast a relative unknown in his role didn't help. But Gethard (a former member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), is no slouch when it comes to comedy, and his presence alone can't explain away all the bad jokes and dead air. The only thing we can say for sure is that this one is utterly skippable.
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