It is almost impossible for a TV show to be perfect. Everything – from the acting to the writing to the directing – needs to be perfectly in sync, and needs to both start out and sustain that level of quality. That being said, Freaks and Geeks is a perfect show. It is funny, sad, beautiful, and occasionally uncomfortable — often all at the same time. Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give the show is that it doesn’t feel like TV – it feels like you’re watching real characters going through real problems and having real conversations.
This realism is really the hallmark of Freaks and Geeks. While other high school shows went for schmaltzy romantic storylines, zany plots, and featured characters who acted more like 25 year olds than high-schoolers, Freaks wasn’t afraid to zero in on the inherent awkwardness of adolescents who are still trying to grow up.
I usually lay in wait of good potential comedies and I am crossing my fingers and holding my rabbit’s foot for Adventureland. The cast intrigues me more than the film at this point. James (Jesse Eisenberg) and Em (Twilight phenom Kristen Stewart) are bound to break the “no falling for your co-worker” rule in this one. It’s a film about a terrible summer job at an amusement park in 1987 that turns in to summer lovin’ for James. The feeling just from the trailer is that it is “Freaks and Geeks” (an amazing cult show about the 80’s before FOX made that epic fail attempt at making “That 80’s Show”) meets Wayne’s World. Then again, it could be that Martin Starr from “Freaks and Geeks” is in the film. Fortunately, the soundtrack is infused with great 80’s hit’s like The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” Big Star’s “I’m in Love with a Girl,” and The Replacement’s “Unsatisified.” Adventureland, directed by Greg Mottola is set to hit theaters on April 3rd, 2009.
Other Jesse Eisenberg films you should see:
The Squid and The Whale–it’s a quirky tale about a family’s dysfunctional relationship with one another set in Brooklyn in the 80’s.
Kristen Stewart films:
Into the Wild— It has incredible cinematography and Emile Hirsch.
Panic Room–I enjoy a good Jodie Foster thriller every once a while, Forest Whitaker is in it too. While you’re at it, see The Last King of Scotland.
Written by Rachel Summers