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Filthy Rich

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Christian-themed melodrama is soapy, light, and fun.

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Kim Cattrall has a face that radiates self-satisfied bliss, which turns out to be perfect for her role as a televangelizing matriarch in this silly, Southern-fried chunk of delightful camp. On paper, Filthy Rich reads like a retread on The Righteous Gemstones; after all, both series feature families with TV ministries and secrets that lead them into drama. But Filthy Rich is less dark irony and more soapy fun and satisfying twists, closer to Empire or (vintage) Dallas than Gemstones. Cattrall sure helps, laying down honeyed barbed pronouncements to her sons and daughters, but never to her audience, who views Margaret as the epitome of beaming Christian womanhood.

It's fun to meet Margaret and her family, too, at a moment when their patriarch's absence and secretive recreational activities has thrown everything into chaos. Suddenly, wistful Rose sees a way that she might get enough cash to launch a fashion line, while Eric, egged on by his calculating wife Becky (Olivia Macklin) and brother-in-law Reverend Paul Luke Thomas (Aaron Lazar), envisions a path to gaining control of the network. Meanwhile, as Antonio, Jason, and most particularly Ginger get a whiff of what they could be gaining with a Monreaux connection, both financially and emotionally, they're all in, contributing their own complications. It's all fluffy, heady, ridiculous, and lots of fun.

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