Jessica Jumps In: A Newbie's Sample Of Happy Endings

By Jessica Rawden 2012-12-05 09:58:47 discussion comments

2. Quality Of Characters
Itís hard to tell whether Happy Endings is a true ensemble comedy after one viewing, or if itís structured more heavily on Damon Wayans Jr. and Eliza Coupeís characters, which is how ďP&P Romance FactoryĒ played out. While the other plotlines this week were funny in a donít-think-too-hard kind of way, Coupeís Jane and Wayans Jr.ís Brad actually capably worked out some issues in their relationship, which hit both funny and poignant notes. If I had to guess, I would say this show likely sticks to a couple of charactersí important stories each week and writes the other characters silly sideplots. However, I can only go by what Iíve seen and what Iíve seen is more of Jane and Brad.

That being said, of all the characters and their various attributes, I enjoyed the idea of Elisha Cuthbertís Alex the best. Iíve seen unfunny characters play small roles in comedies before, but Iíve never seen a main female character in a comedy notoriously lack humor. Alex canít join in with the verbal banter of her friends and she often cuts awkwardly into the conversations. She certainly has the most caricature to her, but as a gimmick, it works.


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