Did I mention that "The League" is occasionally pretty funny?
Forget that it's basically a Bud Light commercial stretched out to fit a half-hour of broadcast time.
Melissa: The house is not going to get done by the end of August. You just have to keep on working, honey, you know ... Not only is this scene beautifully performed and laced with nuanced humor and understated tension, but Lisa Gay Hamilton is just transfixing as Owen's good-natured but pragmatic better half.
Likewise, from its first hour-long episode, "Men of a Certain Age" manages to take ordinary issues for middle-aged men -- dealing with health problems, facing down old age, dating younger women -- and mine them for fresh perspectives and jokes. " Next Joe tries to take a picture of Terry's shirt, stained by his coffee when the SUV almost hit him, and hits the calendar function instead.
Little-known fact: Frat boys get softer and more lovable as they age.
The very traits that make them so odious when they're young -- their masters-of-the-universe overconfidence, their high-fiving, wedgy-giving bluster, their myopic unwillingness to consider other people's feelings -- are replaced by self-doubt and dread in the face of middle age.
" Ignoring Pete's pleas to stop, she has her way with him, afterward slapping him on the butt and grumbling, "Good show, old boy," before heading off to the shower with the self-assured strut of an offensive coordinator.
Nonetheless, Pete derides his friend Ruxin (Nick Kroll) for not having had sex with his wife for months in the wake of her pregnancy.
Desperate, he takes to masturbating to online videos of big-breasted women stress-testing their bras.When Pete calls Andre a "sweet, gullible little sucktard"?You almost wish he was saying that to you, in spite of yourself., you say?Their friend Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi), on the other hand, is considered a wuss because he lets his wife, Jenny (Katie Aselton), make crucial decisions about his fantasy football team for him. With its complete immersion in the screwy subculture of man-children, FX's "The League" would be intolerable if it didn't do its damnedest to demean and humiliate its characters at every turn.In one scene, Jenny meets with Ruxin and threatens to tell his wife about the bra-test wanking. This is, after all, why the aging frat boy is increasingly lovable: He can admit now that he always was a somewhat limited animal, controlled by his libido, consistently blind to the needs and wishes of others.
For these men, picking up diapers for their wives or working late for their bosses are cast as the rough equivalent of getting ruthlessly manhandled by an enormous, hairy cellmate.