A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's no such thing as perfect: perfect is the armor we wear to stop ouselves from being seen. Messy is good. Break yourself open -- the cracks allow the light to shine in. Be present with the people you care about. Be honest. Take care of yourself.
Positive Role Models
Gary is an attentive single dad who tries to be a good father to his 11-year-old daughter, who suffers from anxiety and has built walls around herself to keep him at arm's length.
Lacks integrated diversity. An Asian woman Gary meets for a date is dating in order to learn English.
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Violence & Scariness
There is a horror aspect to this show that delves into a frightening and gory story line. Cannibalism is a theme, which is ensconced in a love story, which makes it absurdly disturbing. A car accident startles.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Medium frequency of language includes: "f--k," "f--k off," "d-mn," s--t," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Discussion of Melody Gardot, Queens of the Stone Age, Cosmos by Carl Sagan, anti-depressant drug Fluoxetine.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters share a bottle of wine, drink whiskey, opening up to each other when their inhibitions are down.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wolf Like Me is a dark drama series with some supernatural aspects. Josh Gad plays Gary, an American widower who is raising an 11-year-old girl named Emma (Ariel Donoghue) in Adelaide, Austalia. Emma struggles with anxiety and depression, taking medication to keep her symptoms in check. They meet an American woman named Mary (Isla Fisher) when she crashes into their car. Gary and Mary see each other a few times, at one point getting drunk together, which lowers their inhibitions enough to break barriers between them. Mary has a violent past, which comes to light as the series progresses. Supernatural and horror elements are wound throughout a series which leads with a romantic theme. Language includes moderate use of "f--k" and "s--t."
Is It Any Good?
Sure, there are some moments in Wolf Like Me that intrigue: fine actors can find moments. As far as a romantic series goes, there are tender feelings in this show that are put on the line. But as it ends up, this isn't a series about two people falling awkwardly in love. It's a horror show about a werewolf. Right? Or is it a love story? A story about redemtion? About creating a trusting, loving family after tragedy has visited the home? It's hard to know what's really going on here, or why it's going on.
Though some scenes succeed in being tender and sweet, the pauses between lines are allowed to go on for too long, the "natural" delivery smacks of schlock, stacking up awkward "I think I like you," vibes to limited effect. The most honest scenes are because the child, Emma (played by the outstanding Ariel Donahgue), akes this whole relationship thing very seriously indeed. For Emma, family is a life or death matter. Teens might be curious to see what happens as the moon rises. Adults might scratch their heads and flip to a show with more insidious, more real, more subtle horrors than what this confusing effort provides.
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