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Friends: The Reunion

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Beloved sitcom stars reunite in OK special; some language.

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This special is an exciting idea: Viewers were as invested in the lives of Friends' six actors as they were in the show, but it's often awkward to watch these stars get reacquainted in public. They never seem to quite get completely comfortable with one another or with being on camera together. The special tries to make up for this by cramming a lot into a large amount of time: interviews, clips, bloopers, testimonials by celebrities, musical performances, and even a fashion show. It stays mostly positive throughout, avoiding topics that were a big deal at the time, like the million-dollar-an-episode negotiations or Matthew Perry's struggles with addiction, or even Rachel's game-changing haircut. It's designed to appeal to a broad range of people, like Friends itself. So there will be highlights throughout, which will be different for viewers depending on what they loved about the original, but the whole thing doesn't fly by the way an episode of Friends itself would.

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