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Kevin Can F--k Himself

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Language and sudden, bloody violence in satirical drama.

TV AMC Drama 2021
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By turns kooky and ominous, this experiment in TV narrative blends together two genres to make one arresting whole. When we meet Allison and her husband Kevin, they look like an all-too-typical TV couple under flat sitcom lighting. Kevin is the free-spirited id, Allison the hyper-organized killjoy, and the two plod through predictable sitcom jokes and hackneyed sitcom plots as the pumped-up laughs blare from the soundtrack given the slightest pretext.

But when Allison is alone, the lighting shifts to cinematic; her surroundings morph from working-class Worcester to something more elegant, the tone turns lightly surreal, and it's here that Allison starts to suspect that her husband's a walking cliché who's slowly sapping her will to exist. And as she tunes in more and more to the rage that was always lurking beneath her sitcom-mom façade, she starts to make choices that upend her comfortably crappy other life in ways that pull the rug out from the viewer, storywise. You won't want to wait to see what comes next; save up a bunch and binge away. Kevin is worth the lost weekend.

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