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By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Jim Carrey's return to TV deals with trauma, family, kids.

TV Showtime Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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Based on 2 parent reviews

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Good story and very interesting nothing to inappropriate

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

There's a lot to like about the first collaboration between Jim Carrey and director Michel Gondry since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Kidding boasts an absolutely incredible cast -- which includes stars Judy Greer, Frank Langella, and Catherine Keener alongside Carrey doing some of the best acting work of his life. Gondry brings an off-kilter aesthetic not only to the show, but also to the show-within-a-show, Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time, which features a believable and dynamic cast of (felt-based) characters in its own right.

When Kidding tries to go deeper, however, things get uneven. It makes easy jokes at the expense of LGBTQ characters, depicting them as stereotypically sex-crazed, undermining its own attempts at diversity. The way the series shows coping with grief, its most pressing theme, is similarly contradictory. It feels less interested in having a conversation about trauma than it is about using trauma as a gateway to depicting edgy behavior like casual sex and drug use. That said, though Kidding can often feel directionless, the work from the cast, director, and designers is so strong that it's worth at least seeing where they're headed.

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