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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
On one hand, the show promotes diversity by building a comedy around the life of a little person. On the other, it invites viewers to laugh at his physical limitations. But while the overall message is a bit murky, Davis isn't just in on the joke -- he conceived the series (and its title) himself.
Positive Role Models
As a little person who's amassed an impressive list of acting credits, Davis promotes diversity via a rarely seen onscreen body type. But a lot of times, he plays his size for comedy, which invites people to laugh at him rather than with him.
Violence & Scariness
Some pratfalls, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo (including references to genital size, anal sex, prostitution, etc.), but nothing explicit.
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Unbleeped words like "f--k," "c--t," and "s--t," but not constant usage.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's some unbleeped swearing (including "f--k" and "c--t") in this mockumentary-style comedy that follows famous "little person" Warwick Davis through his life as a working actor. There's some sexual innuendo, too (including references to things like genital size and anal sex), along with social drinking and some mixed messages when it comes to making fun of Davis' physical limitations.
Is It Any Good?
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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