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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lovable loser turns his life around in drunken comedy.

TV Fox Drama 2010
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Three-word review: It's all right. You want to hear more? Kinnear is a pro at playing adorable jerks. See Nurse Betty and Mystery Men. The actor himself is so charming, with his crinkle-eyed smile and "Who, me?" facial expressions, that it's hard to dislike his Keegan Deane. But legal shows (and police procedurals, and shows in general about crime and punishment) have been so done to death in recent years that Rake comes across as not-so-fresh despite the great cast.

Not only that, but charming antiheroes with bad habits have become a modern trope. Why, hello, Don Draper, Walter White, and Frank Gallagher of Shameless! I believe we see your influence here. In short, redemption junkies, legal show completists, or die-hard fans of any of the excellent cast members should give this one a shot. Otherwise, see the three-word review above.

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