La La Land
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this character-driven cable comedy series is for mature audiences due to the generous dose of uncensored swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t") and sexual language (including expressions like "hard-on," "boner," "t-ts," "p---y," and "giving head"). There's also some violence played for comic effect, some of which involves blood. Drinking is restricted to social situations, although one character is shown trying to light up a joint and, later, snorting cocaine.
What's the story?
British comedian Marc Wootton brings his penchant for split personalities to Los Angeles in LA LA LAND, a "pseudo-reality series" that finds Wootton playing three different people -- struggling actor Gary Garner, documentary filmmaker Brendan Allen, and celebrity psychic Shirley Ghostman -- and interacting with real Angelenos who have no idea that he's having fun at their expense. The series is partly adapted from Wootton's successful British series High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman.
Is it any good?
Wootton's La La Land characters don't smack you in the face with hilarity -- at first. But if you give them a chance, they start to grow on you, particularly the French-manicured Shirley Ghostman, who's hands-down the funniest of the three. In fact, Shirley deserves his own show (yes, his -- he's a gent), which would explain why Wootton's BBC show devoted entirely to Shirley's celebrity spirit-channeling was such a hit across the pond.
It's worth giving this one a shot, especially if you love British humor and watching unsuspecting Americans get caught in awkward moments. But Wootton's comedy is probably best appreciated by adults who can handle the ghost of Martin Luther King Jr. uttering, "I had a dream ... a wet dream," and know that it straddles a fine, fine line.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the differences between British and American humor. Would this series have been noticably different if it had been developed for British audiences? If yes, how so? Do you think the average American will find it funny?
How does the series play up stereotypes for comedic effect? Are there any that you find offensive?