New Netflix the comedy is surprisingly similar to the previous work of the Australian comedian. Like the popular High summer heights (and its fallout, Ja? Mie: private school girl and Jonah from Tonga, which was pulled from the air in 2017 to to be racist) whimsical is a fake documentary following a crowd of characters all played by Lilley. In place of inappropriate students and teachers, the characters are a pet medium, a boy Instagrammer at 7 "3", a porn star, a porn star become a collector, a real estate agent with a very fat ass and a sexually experimental fashion designer.The tone of humor – let's look ridiculous and horrible people! – it's the same. If you liked High summer heights (and I liked it at the time), it follows that you should also appreciate Lunatics.
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Well, important qualification: High summer heights was released in 2007. I was 15 years old. Many things have changed for the world, for culture, for comedy and for me for more than ten years. The same can not be said of Chris Lilley, and it's quite strange. The most important and perhaps the only concession at the time is to make two characters, Gavin, 12, and the first year of college, Becky, future media celebrities social. Lilley producer You even had to point out that even though the South African pet from Lilley had a tanned skin and an afro, "Lilley does not represent a woman of color", but rather "a white woman with d & # 39; huge 70s style curly hair, which would be more convincing. if Lilley had no history playing blackface and brownface characters and yellowface – and do not apologize for that because he finds only limit the Australian whites to play.
Some parts of the series present the same backward movement as during the retransmission of an episode of High summer heights. It's a bit like finding an embarrassing photo of yourself in college, but instead of suspenders and acne, the embarrassing elements are the occasional racism, homophobia and sexism that you had the habit of accepting and maybe even finding funny. whimsical and Lilley have not quite exploded yet. The vertiginous Weirdos parade is a mix between the scathing satire of the present and the easy and crude jokes of a time that I would wish to be farther away.
The strength of whimsical This is the strength that Lilley brings to all his projects: The man has the reach. Attentive observer, I lived each of his characters so that I can sometimes make you forget that they are all played by the same person. Quentin, the rump estate agent, sends information about the perpetual fraternity of culture, vaping, horrible DJing, and so on. The fashion designer constantly caresses his crate, which he calls Karen, while commenting on his curves, his texture and his innocence. My strange addiction (and more precisely, iDollators). The ex-pornstar thinks the birds are filming her and that her toys might come to life – who does not know someone like him? Child Instagrammer Gavin is taking Lilley Lil Taybut rather than shouting about bending, Gavin's bellowing chorus is just a "ballet".
Put Lilley's face on each of the very different characters has a little social commentary. We all have multiple identities, and these identities, especially when they are refracted via social media, become both more foreign and more similar. You have taught a lot of songs of their own size with pewter ears, which has always been the joke that binds the people of Lilley. They are all socially unacceptable in their behavior and appearances, but blissfully, unconsciously ignorant. The joke is that they do not understand the joke.
The fact is that it's a bad joke. Lilley is breaking everything. This is a member of the internal group who usually distorts the external group. The joke of Becky the YouTuber is that she is confident even if she is very tall, somewhat obese and has a masculine face. The joke of Joyce the porn star is that she is mentally ill (which is tragically common in her area) and she let herself go. Then there is Gavin terrible. Having a 44-year-old man who plays a roughly satirical version of a little boy could be watched – that's the principle of Big mouth. But watch a 44-year-old man play a 12-year-old boy sexually harass a pre-teen girl who walks in his school uniform? It's disgusting and the pilot. Chris Lilley should not be allowed to question little girls on their vaginas.
It is important that comics can make fun of the ugliness of society, but Lilley's persistent lack of empathy seems far more ugly than anything he satirizes. Trying to live your best life despite your difficulties is not crazy. An actor who refuses to evolve his sense of humor is.