Parents' Guide to

Blunt Talk

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Older teens only for this hilarious media-savvy comedy.

TV Starz Comedy 2015
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Crass, profane, and naughty, this sitcom is not for kids -- but adults who appreciate a good, rude media-set comedy and the talents of the very funny Patrick Stewart will be delighted. Blunt Talk takes a "show-don't-tell" approach to characterization that relies on the audience to fill in the blanks. No one has to tell us that Blunt's career is on the decline and that he's feeling out of touch and over the hill, yet trying desperately to hang onto his relevance.

The vintage pop-culture references Blunt makes (Wallis Simpson? Burt Lancaster?) and the expressions on the faces of those who learn Blunt has a wife half his age and a 5-year-old son quickly sketch in the details of this man's situation, and we can get on to the good stuff: Stewart mocking both himself and the media milieu in which the show is set. There's a marvelous moment in the show's pilot in which Stewart decides to interview himself in split-screen. "First, let's tape my emotional reactions!" he says, eyes alight with the zeal of a showman tasked with putting on a show. "Anger with self! Empathy! Coquettishness!" Hilariously, Stewart nails every one of them -- and this show too.

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