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I'm a *huge* movie fanatic and am a member of the Midtown Art Cinema Society. I'm also a longtime subscriber to Entertainment Weekly Magazine.
Every now and again the club, along with Entertainment Weekly Magazine give me the opportunity to peep a new movie or television show (see a previous event here) for free. I also get free refreshments, so it's always a good time. The show up for review is the Showtime Channel's Shameless.
I'm a fan of the popular UK version of this show, and like all UK to American versions, I'm always skeptical. Anyone remember the American version of Coupling? Exactly. However, I found the pilot to be a faithful adaptation to its UK original. So what's it about?
Shameless is the adventures of alcoholic father Frank Gallagher and his kids in Chicago trying to survive. Despite the seriousness of that description, it's a comedy and a funny one at that. I love the family dynamic, and how effectively the series shows nearly every Gallagher and the problems that affect him/her.
William H. Macy plays the stereotypical, almost caricature, alcoholic who will never be up for Father of the Year. He's in few scenes and is usually passed out or mumbling. Emmy Rossum, of Phantom of the Opera fame, plays Fiona, Frank's daughter but clearly the Mother-Hen. She really shines in this role. Another standout is Gallagher son Lip, Jeremy Allen White. Solid performances exist throughout.
Review: I liked it! I wish I had Showtime to see how the show pans out once it has original plot lines and doesn't borrow from the British version. If you know what you're in for (see warnings below), I think you'll like it.
When & Where: Showtime, Sundays, 10pm
Warning: Lots of sex, drugs, violence, and nudity. Even though Shameless is about a family, this is FAR from a family show. Adults only! Pay attention to the opening credits, for it is then you are introduced to the whole Gallagher clan and neighbors.