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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Feel Good is an adult-oriented romantic comedy series that features lots of cursing, strong sexual innuendo, partial nudity, drinking, and drug use. Addiction, sobriety, self-acceptance, and relationship challenges of all kinds are major themes. Apple products are visible throughout the series. It's funny and heartfelt, but pretty mature due to its frank content about addiction and love.
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What's the story?
FEEL GOOD is a romantic comedy starring comic Mae Martin as Mae, a young woman negotiating her comedy career, a new relationship, and her sobriety. Mae recently moved to England and is trying to restart her life while honing her comedy skills at the Gag Bin comedy club. But when she meets George (Charlotte Ritchie), she falls passionately in love. It's complicated, given that George is afraid to reveal the relationship to her friends and family. Adding to this is the fact that Mae is struggling with the fact that, despite years of sobriety, she is still an addict. It doesn't help that her relationship with her parents (played by Lisa Kudrow and Adrian Lukis) isn't an easy one, either. It's a journey filled with highs and lows, but lots of heart.
Is it any good?
This humor-filled but sensitive semi-autobiographical romcom offers an honest story about a young woman who is trying to find her way while still struggling with insecurities brought on by her past. It doesn't offer an idyllic picture of two people newly in love, but instead highlights Mae and George's flaws, and points to the challenges they must overcome if they have any chance of holding on to each other. They are also extremely likable, as are most of the people around Mae, allowing viewers to appreciate her struggles without much condemnation.
It's well written, and what transpires throughout Feel Good isn't completely rooted in Mae Martin's standup routines. As a result, the narrative feels fresh and original. The appearance of great secondary characters, played by notable actors and comics like Sophie Thompson, Phil Burger, and Sindhu Vee, adds to the entertainment value of the show. If you're looking for a mature, heartfelt comedy, this one is worth checking out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way Feel Good portrays relationships. Mae and George love each other very much, so why are they struggling? How do they relate to their parents? Friends? Do these relationships have to be so difficult?
Do you think it's always necessary for media to show risky behaviors, like heavy drinking or drug use, to get a point across? Do those behaviors make it more entertaining? Or is there something else?
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