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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Quirky, mature drama about a woman in transition.

TV HBO Drama 2011
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Co-produced by Dern and actor-writer Mike White (who also co-stars -- and twice appeared with his dad on The Amazing Race), Enlightened describes itself as an "offbeat" series. And while that's true in the sense that it's unconventional, what's more off-putting and rather puzzling is whether the show is supposed to be a drama or a comedy. You might naturally think "dramedy" would cover it, but even that label doesn't fit.

What you're left with, then, is a mildly quirky drama that's not really all that funny...which is maybe the most uncompelling description ever. In a nice twist, however, Dern's real-life mother plays her onscreen mom, a pairing that's worked well before in several feature films and helps create something worth watching.

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