Flipped

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Language, mild menace in hilarious home design comedy.

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Positive Messages

The show's too silly for positive messages to land, though the relationship between Jann and Cricket is heartwarming. The two are clearly in love, even though they're ridiculous characters. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cricket and Jann are clueless dreamer types -- they can't hold down regular jobs and think they're too good for the idiots who surround them. Despite their delusions, they have a close relationship and inspire and support each other. "I love you so much!" Cricket squeals during a car ride, clearly an avowal Jann hears often. 

Violence

Violence is cartoonish and played for laughs, but Cricket and Jann are threatened with death by a criminal who believes the couple stole something from him. A joke in one episode involves a dog skull turned into artwork. Jann is told that "people shoot dogs" in the town their new house is in, particularly when using meth. Cricket hurls laptop computers to the ground after she's fired from a big-box store. 

Sex

Cricket and Jann hug and kiss frequently, but seem more affectionate than passionate. 

Language

Language and cursing includes "f--king," "bulls--t," "dips--ts," and off-color jokes like when Jann says a mirror looks like "Liberace's butthole." Jann also calls a grade school student "you little dummy." 

Consumerism

It spoofs the many other home design shows out there.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults toast each other with wine, but no one acts drunk. House contractors tell Jann and Cricket that crystal meth use is common in the desert they've moved to. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flipped is a comedy about a couple who renovates a house hoping to become TV design stars, but are thwarted when they're targeted by a gang of criminals. Despite the setup, menace and peril is played for laughs, and the series has a light comic tone: Viewers will never believe the couple is in real danger. Jokes may involve iffy subjects though, like when Jann (Will Forte) is told that the animal skull he uses for artwork is probably from a dog shot by a local on crystal meth. Language and cursing includes "f--king," "bulls--t," and "dips--ts," and there's some insulting and off-color language, like when Jann calls a young student a "little dummy" (and says that a piece of wall art looks like "Liberace's butthole." Adults toast each other with wine, but no one acts drunk. Jann and Cricket are clueless and grandiose, but they also have a heartwarming and loving relationship. 

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What's the story?

FLIPPED stars Will Forte and Kaitlin Olson as Jann and Cricket Melfi, two dreamers whose lives are changed the day they see a TV commercial about a search for the next great home design stars. Convinced they have what it takes to win, the Melfis immediately buy a hollowed-out shack in the desert they believe has "great bones." But when they make a shocking discovery in one of the walls and are able to inject a pile of cash into their renovation, the Melfis end up with nothing but new problems -- particularly in the form of a man who's just targeted the couple for his nefarious attentions. 

Is it any good?

Will Forte is reliably hilarious in everything he's in, and that remains true for this comedy spooled out in bite-sized chunks. Clad in eye-catching bright patterns that always complement Cricket's entertainingly way-out ensembles, the pair are twin stars whose boundless enthusiasm is dwarfed only by their massive cluelessness. The pair's put-upon personas are fully formed when Flipped begins: "We're two people with vision living among the blind," sighs Jann about his many boring day jobs, while Cricket returns "It's like the system is rigged against us!" But the birth of a dream in the form of a Home and Garden channel's competition in search of the next great house design stars really ignites the couple, and they quickly shift from misery to delusional grandeur. 

Skylights! Kitchen islands! Color schemes, verandas, carved moldings under the eaves (that turn out to be wasp's nests), and other design drama ensues. But when a bad man with bad plans walks into Cricket and Jann's new space, the couple's worst problem instantly changes from "not enough space for a 1,000-bottle wine cellar" to "we may not make it to the end of this renovation." It'd be a shame to reveal what happens next, but you can bet it'll be a lot of fun, because this top-notch cast is just wonderful, and televised home design shows are a genre ripe for parody. Grab a sledgehammer. It's demolition day. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real estate shows. What makes them so popular? Do you think the problems people face and decisions that they make on these reality shows are real? Or are they being created or exaggerated for entertainment purposes? What about these shows makes them easy to parody? 

  • If Flipped were angled differently, could it be a horror show? What about a drama? What's the difference between these genres? How can the same circumstances be viewed as funny or awful? How does "tone" impact how a show is perceived? 

  • Have you seen the actors in Flipped in other shows or movies? Were these other shows comedies or dramas? Did seeing them in these other shows impact your expectations for their characters in Flipped?

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