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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Beautiful, mature drama has language, strong emotion.

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If you're mainly familiar with James Corden as a showboating karaoke singer on video clips, or an uncanny valley feline from Cats, his subtle, moving performance in this drama is a shock. As a man betrayed by those closest to him, whose life has suddenly swung from enviable to unmoored, he's relatably fragile and edgy, his pain revealed in small moments: a beer left undrunk in front of him at a pub, a vacant stare when everyone around him is laughing and chatting. Indeed, Mammals is a drama that makes a meal out of small moments, whether they're tragic (the phone calls Jamie makes to his family to let them know of a loss) or comic.

English viewers familiar with the stage works of British playwright and film writer/director Jez Butterworth know to expect deft characterizations and layered nuance; those who haven't seen Butterworth's productions may know his voice through his best-known movies: 2014's Edge of Tomorrow and 2015's Spectre, both genre pictures that were much better than expected. Here, Butterworth's writing is unnerving, surprising; characters are disconsolate one moment, full of rage the next, in ways that ring true. You'll want to know what happens to these characters, both in the moments we see played out, and the life it feels like they'll go on living now that this beautiful, emotionally involving TV show is complete.

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