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  • DeeDee Adelaide
    I breezed through it on the weekend and really liked it. Michael Rappaport as the dad is great, and a nice conflicting portrayal of someone who is baffled and embarrassed by his son's condition but also ashamed of himself for being so. JJL is harder to like - I can't even imagine the stresses of being a parent of a special needs child, but the hyper controlling mom trope grinds my gears. Also, it drives me nuts that she talks through her teeth so much (Gillian Anderson does this too and it makes them sound mumbly a lot of the time).

    The sister started off as a bit of a dick but she grew on me, and I like her boyfriend. She needs nicer friends, though.

    I don't know anyone IRL with autism so I have no idea whether it's an accurate portrayal or even whether it's something that might be considered offensive. But I liked the show a lot - it was warm and sweet without being cloying.
    Elisa
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  • DeeDee Adelaide

    I also thought Jennifer Jason Leigh was kind of... I don't know, too much actress for the show, haha. I wouldn't expect to see someone with her acting pedigree on a show like this.

    I don't know, she's always been kind of fringe-y. It's not like she's in Julia Roberts/Jennifer Aniston league. More Kyra Sedgwick/Minnie Driver, either of whom I could see playing this role.
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  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    i didn't mind it, it was a little bit better than fine. a bit cliche' at times, but i breezed right through it. a quick entertaining watch. i liked that Rapaport was toned down than his usual self, and i'm never opposed to some JJL. also, the kid's bff reminded me of 2017 Indian McLovin (on that note, Superbad is 10 years! crazy!).
    ElisaDee
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