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Short Poppies

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Funny mockumentary interviews are absurd, sometimes crude.

TV Netflix Comedy 2014
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If you're the kind of viewer who enjoys the sort of absurd, dry, awkward humor of shows like the U.K. version of The Office and Summer Heights High, Short Poppies will almost definitely set your personal comedy slot machine to all-cherries, ding ding ding ding! For that matter, if you're a fan of Clement's most-popular-stateside show, Flight of the Conchords, you'd be well-advised to give this one a tumble. It's got the same vibe, the same sharp but shambling humor that takes a while to get going, but for the right viewer, results in deep laughter.

In one episode, Darby as positive-thinking lifeguard Terry Poole goes to visit an insurance agent (Stephen Merchant, guesting) to insure his legs prior to a sexy-legs competition. The agent muses about missing his first wife, killed by a shark, and what a drag it is to be married to his second wife, who's in a coma. He has to bathe her, he has to dress her, but at least the sex is "mediocre, like it was before." Then he examines Pool's legs in great detail before insuring the left one for $310 and the right for $300, due to a slight "discoloration" by the knee. It's funny. Funny disturbing, and funny ha-ha. If you like that kind of thing, you'll like this.

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