Saturday, April 11, 2009

Parks and Recreation

Well... that's a shame.

The opening for this show should have a credit that reads "Created by whoever created the Office," because it's the same show. Only not funny. Instead of taking place in an office, it takes place in an... office... in the government.

First of all, I'm not a fan of "mockumentaries." By their very definition, it's a lazy way to "write" a movie or TV show. You don't have to come up with a plot or concept beyond simply pretending there's a camera crew filming a bunch of stupid people. That's the premise behind this show, the Office, and every one of those damn Christopher Guest movies. Let's pretend to film stupid people who suck at what they do.

The Office comes out ahead because, though the focus is on some stupid people who are annoying, at least it throws in some people who are likable and intelligent and shows glimpses of how they react to those stupid, annoying people. This show is just stupid, annoying people, and it's not funny.

But, you know, if you love those Christopher Guest movies, you'll probably like this.

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