4 October 2004 | shadowblade11
What I Like About It
I had fears when I watched the first episode of "What I Like About You".
First, Jennie Garth. Sure she's beautiful and she knows how to act, and its shown in her 90210 days. But 90210 and WILAI are two different genres, one is aimed for the drama and the other show is mostly comedy. So was it a good idea putting a dramatic actress into a comedy? Most of the time, it is.
Second, Amanda Banes. Oh boy. Up until this show she was up in the hall of shame next to Shea LeBeauf (and if you've seen I, Robot you'll know what I'm saying). She was decent in All That but when she got her own show she began acting goofy, way too goofy, so goofy that even Jim Carrey will stare at her blankly. Goofy is good, but not too much. Last year she was fine on her movie (I think it's called "What a girl wants...) but WILAI is her best performance yet thanks to her wit.
So the basic plot is that Holy (Banes) is moving to her older sister house Valerie (Garth) because her father is moving to Japan. And from there will be plenty adventure! Of a teenage girl and her older sister. Also in the cast are Garth's boyfriend Simon Rex playing Jeff, the silly yet caring boyfriend and Wesley Jonathan playing Gary, Holy's best friend. The character of Gary is fun but most of the time his annoying. On the contrary, Jeff is a better character, Simon Rex did a good job here by reflecting his "stupid" personality, but not too much.
After the first season Simon Rex left the show (unfortunately) and there were plenty of new characters to fill in the slot in the second season: Holy's best friend Tina, Val's co-worker Lorene and finally the "more-than-friends" Vince and Henry. Holy has a relationship with Henry, the nice and gentle guy but later she falls in love with Vince and the plot gets tangled and more complicated than it was on the first season. At the end another great character leaves the show, Henry, and I hope the show will get better on the third season.
Overall, most of the characters are nice, Gary is starting to be more and more bearable but Tina seems mostly useless. If I have to rate this show it's a tough call. The first season was funnier but the second has better plot. So in the end I'll say this, if the writers can just combine the comedy and plot twists together the show will be even better. Anyway nice job and as much as I hate to say it, Amanda Bynes is on the right track.