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Life's Too Short

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Clever slice-of-life comedy has mixed messages, cursing.

TV HBO Comedy 2012
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After the success of The Office and Extras, "observational" comedy isn't exactly an original concept for Gervais and Merchant. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it ... and it's working wonderfully here. To hear them tell it, Life's Too Short was all Davis' idea, and many of the gags come from his real-life experiences as a working actor of shorter stature. So the fact that we're often laughing at his physical limitations is at least a product of his own design.

As was the case in Extras, some of the show's best moments come from the A-list celebrities who are willing to make fun of their own eccentricities, from Neeson failing miserably at improv comedy to Depp going method (with Davis' help) to play Rumpelstiltskin. And with other big names like Steve Carell and Sting contributing, there's no telling how funny things will get.

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