Doll & Em is Very Very British
Doll & Em is a lot like Hello Ladies. It’s quintessentially British, which somehow makes it really boring. In the case of Doll & Em, we’re watching two women navigate Hollywood. Everyone knows Hollywood is a strange place. Fiction likes to fill it with a bunch of self-absorbed jerks. So what happens when you take a town full of unlikable people and throw two more unlikable people into it? A very uncompelling show.
Dolly and Emily have an extremely close, but complicated relationship. When Dolly calls up Emily because she lost her job, Emily instantly hires Dolly to be her assistant. Since Emily appears to be a well-known actress, she is forced to go to Hollywood parties. After she comes home, she constantly complains about how terrible they are. You would think, by now, she would have found a way to get out of them. Secretly, Emily probably likes complaining about them because hanging around them makes it easier for her to ignore her own bad qualities. For example, Emily had no problem making out with a guy Dolly was interested in. The kicker: Emily has a husband, albeit one she never sees.
As for Dolly, she’s not the brightest bulb in the box. She manages to get locked out of Emily’s house. For 12 hours, she was stuck in the backyard wearing only her bikini. To make matters worse, bad luck seems to follow Dolly around. At a party for Emily’s new movie, she ends up baby sitting Susan Sarandon’s son. Dolly decides to throw pillows on the floor and pretend their rocks in the ocean. Sarandon’s son decides to add sharks to the water, which Dolly goes along with. However, the kid starts crying because there are imaginary sharks in the water. She’s then forced to apologize to the boy and swear she would never let anything happen to him.
A bunch of other stuff happens, but it all blends together. Everyone in the show could be a real person, but they are terrible and incredibly boring. Watching people create their own problems isn’t entertaining. If I wanted to do that, I would find the nearest person whose life is full of drama. I rarely I say this about a TV show, but I want the hour back that I spent watching Doll & Em.
Posted on March 20, 2014, in British Television, Cable, HBO and tagged british television, doll & em, dolly wells, emily mortimer, hbo, hollywood, review, Susan Sarandon. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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