28 June 2013 | plasticanimalz
Better Than I Expected
I watched about 3 episodes and I was kind of unsure about this show, at first. It has Robin Schiff who is a great writer, and so from the beginning it had some snappy dialogue and the cast is likable. I think the first few episodes I was having trouble with it because I couldn't help but compare it to the original movie and cast. This is almost nothing like that. And when the writers tried to throw in little snipits from the movie it just came off weird, because then you're expecting it all to be like that. I liked the first 3 episodes well enough, but didn't love it and felt it was missing something...but then I found myself coming back and continue to click for more episodes. It's not great. I don't love it...but I find it entertaining enough to come back for more. There is something about it that has appeal. My favorites are Kat and Bianca, Mandela, and Chastity. I like the dad, of course, who's character is identical to the movie (same guy). Cameron grows on you. I just found him slightly annoying at first...and Joseph Gordan Levitt is so likable as that character it's kind of hard to compare. I guess it's more believable that the movie Bianca would eventually fall for him, where the TV Cameron is a little too dorky to make it believable. TV Patrick is a little too pretty and swoony. I liked the Heath Ledger grit, which managed to make that character sexy. TV Patrick is just pretty so he's not used to working for it which lessens his appeal beyond the physical level. See, I'm comparing. Hard not to. I just think the girls, the dad, and the writing are what sells this show. I don't know if it's the music or what it is, but it sort of reminds me a little bit of Parker Lewis Can't Lose. Oh, and I really like the principal and Mary Cherry playing the guidance counselor. She should be a regular character.
It's definitely not as sharp as Grosse Pointe, which was my favorite of Robin Schiff's work, other than Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. But the show is cute enough and the characters likable, and I've seen 9 or 10 episodes, so far, so I think that's enough to get a good idea of the show.