2 Broke Girls: And The Broken Record

Sassy attitudes and snappy one liners aren’t enough to salvage this filler episode, says Emily Paget.

Arts Review Image Max Black and SebastianAs the new season of 2 Broke Girls returns with a ‘booty call’ last Thursday, we’re left wondering what it was we just watched.

It’s payday for the girls, Max and Caroline but it’s a stranger in their apartment that catches them by surprise. After Caroline catches Sebastian in their apartment, she makes sure Max gets to know a little more about her Tuesday night mystery caller by introducing them. Before long, Max gets to know Sebastian as a DJ for Whole Foods; while Caroline gets the opportunity to have the last word, after she confronts an old rival.

This show definitely packs a punch with its staple sarcastic remarks and right from off, we see in true fashion how funny this show can be. Hilarious one liners like: ‘And you can just call me what you usually do. “Oh God.”’ provide a few sniggers, but the show struggles to offer anything more; despite what the canned laughter would have you believe. Instead, the show feels like it’s glued together with one liners that, to anyone watching at home, tended to fall on deaf ears.

Aside from the countless one liners offered, the plot feeArts Review Image Jesse Metcalfels awkward like the whole 20 minutes were a filler episode until something more interesting came along. The ‘relationship’ between Max and Sebastian felt stunted and awkward in places like the writers kept slamming on the brakes. Not to mention the sheer absurdity of having a DJ in a grocery store, it felt too over the top and almost an attempt from the writers to get some laughs.

It was no wonder the show brought out its big guns in the shape of guest star Jesse Metcalfe (who played Sebastian). The John Tucker Must Die star provides some nice eye-candy that occasionally distracts you from the plot and the cringe-worthy lines he delivers: ‘The music be bumping and we buying pumpkin’. Let’s just hope the writers take off the brakes on his relationship with Max, so Jesse can prove he’s not just a pretty face.

But the sole reason I still tune in to this series is for the stunning performance of Kat Dennings (who plays Max Black). Her sarcastic attitude, Cheshire cat grin and wonderful delivery of lines make you envy her and want to be her at the same time.

No Oscar for this sweet hell

Amina Osman reviews Home Sweet Hell

Home sweet hell

R(18), 98 min

Available Online

Bad actors, good storyline

arts reviews photoSo it seems A. J. Buckley, producer of ‘Home Sweet Hell’ could have invented a good comedy drama but ended up burning its flavour through his choice of lead characters.

Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson seemed as though they were topping up their usual acting skills or better still having acting classes in this ‘Darko Entertainment’ movie.

From a funny chick in ‘The Ugly Truth’ and ‘Knocked Up’ to a psychopathic wife, it seems the ‘Life as We Know It’ star was trying too hard to be her opposite in her role as Mona Champagne in this twisted comedy.

“Leave the dark scenes for those who do it best Katherine, you are much better off with ‘Romance’.”

To, all ‘Insidious one and two’ fans out there, we know how Patrick Wilson gave his best performance which won him second place as ‘best actor’ in the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards and a further 3 separate nominations. He has squeezed in good efforts towards some comedies like ‘The Switch’ starring alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, but for this one, let’s not hold our breath, it looks like he’s heading towards The Razzie Awards for worst actor. “To be a pushover husband doesn’t mean to overreact.”

For viewers looking for a newly released comedy, shot in a beautiful neighbourhood with no expectations of who plays what role, and how well they play it, then ‘Home Sweet Hell’ is worth the time and money. The storyline is interesting.  How Carol Allen, Ted Elrick and Tom Lavagnino came up with such a story, I don’t know, because it is perfect.

Don Champagne ( Patrick Wilson) haves an affair with his sales assistant (Jordana Brewster). He gathers the courage to tell his domineering wife Mona (Heigl) and the response isn’t the usual emotional tantrum: “How could you do this to me?  I’m taking the kids and filing for a divorce”, but let’s just say: “Be careful who you cheat on”.

Why Patrick and Katherine managed to accept such roles is the embarrassing question. Watching them in this gory flick is like insulting their reputation. The story wasn’t just meant for them.

‘Home Sweet Hell’ is the kind you’ll put your feet up for and then wonder: “Was it the director; Anthony Burns that went horribly wrong at his job or was the weight just too heavy for the two to carry”?

How my sister dealt with the dark cloud of depression

In light of Mental Health Awareness week, Emily Paget discusses with her sister Sarah how depression affects her life.

Black clouds hang over 450 million people worldwide. For one person, Sarah, that cloud is depression and it follows her everyday.

“Depression takes over everything like your thoughts and feelings, sending you into a pit of despair,” She explains. “Mine dragged me to the lowest point in my entire life – I didn’t want to do anything. It gave me dark thoughts and robbed me of my personality.”

The cloud started rolling over her head when she suffered a loss in her life. “I didn’t want to eat or drink. At some points, I didn’t even want to be here anymore,” She recalls. “That made me think something wasn’t right.

“I didn’t recognise myself, I had no idea what could be wrong with me. My eyes had lost that sparkle and were replaced by tears because I used to cry all the time, my smile had disappeared and I felt broken into a million pieces.”

After encouragement from her family, Sarah saw her GP. “I remember sitting in the waiting room with this pain and exhaustion crashing over me. I spoke to the doctor about everything and I felt relieved to just have those thoughts out of my head for a while.”

In the autumn of 2013, her GP gave Sarah the answer that she didn’t know she was searching for. She wasn’t just sad, she was depressed.

“When he said I was depressed, it made sense. I felt relieved and like I had some sort of answer as to what stared back at me in the mirror. But I was so scared because I had no idea where to go from here.

“If it wasn’t for my mum, I don’t think I’d be where I am today. She dragged me out of the house to help her with her photography; she let me open up to her about this weight that seemed to be dragging me down and didn’t judge me when I told her I had depression.

“She helped pick me up and helped me take the small steps to getting myself back.”

Her mum stood by her side as she went to get treated. “I take anti-depressants regularly, they take away some of the sadness and pain, and help me perk me up to what I’d say is my normal self.

“It’s not just about popping some happy pills, I see a counsellor to help me work through my problems.”

It’s been an uphill struggle for Sarah to manage her conditions; still struggles with it everyday. “Don’t get me wrong, there are good days and bad days, where things just seem to get on top of me but with the support I have, I now feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that I have a support network in place.

“If I could go back to my past self, I would say that many people have to deal with depression so it’s not something I should feel ashamed of; and there may not seem like there’s a way out, but now I am easily able to recognise my symptoms and ask for help with them.

“My mum gave me this advice to remember when days are hard to get through; ‘it’s not about fighting the storm but weathering it.’”

If you or someone you know are struggling with depression, help and advice is available from Samaritans on: 0845 790 90 90 or visit their website: www.samaritans.org

What are the signposts of depression?

Clinical depression can have a variety of symptoms.

These include psychological symptoms such as: low moods, lack of motivation, having suicidal thoughts or self-harming.

Physical symptoms: changes in weight, disturbed sleep patterns or unexplained aches or pains.

Social symptoms: not doing well at work, not taking part in social events or hobbies or taking part in fewer ones and having problems with your home and family life.

It is estimated that one in four adults in Britain suffer a mental disorder like depression and one in six suffer it at any given time.

If you or someone you know may be suffering from a few of these symptoms than please consult your GP.