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Anyone else obsessed with this 5-ep HBO miniseries?! It's a drama/murder mystery revolving around a group of mothers and their kids. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley are all fabulous in it.





 

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Anyone else obsessed with this 5-ep HBO miniseries?! It's a drama/murder mystery revolving around a group of mothers and their kids. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley are all fabulous in it.





Yes! It's really good. There are 7 episodes though. :)
 

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Ah you're right! 5 eps out so far and 2 haven't aired yet. I'd forgotten what it was like to actually have to wait for a show every week...
Same. HBO actually outbid Netflix for the rights so we could have binge watched it then. That said I love the show and wouldn't want the actors or directors to change.
 

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I like it too. It follows some of the cliché recipes of successful mistery dramas, but I ignore them since it's wonderful to see Reese and Nicole together.
Nevertheless, it won't become a cult show.
 

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The fact that it doesn't have cult appeal is what makes it great, imo :) No pressure to keep spinning increasingly absurd storylines -- it'll end after 7 eps and wrap up tightly like a well-thought-out crime story should be.
I'm gonna miss it when it's over.
 
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It's actually based off a book I read two years ago so I've been waiting for this forever! Can't wait to see the final episode.
 
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thanks for the tip, I just started watching it- the pilot really intrigued me :grin:
 
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Both sad and excited for the season finale next week :facepalm:

One thing the show has done is make me fall absolutely in love with Reese Witherspoon, who I'd honestly kind of dismissed as an actress until now. She's also aging so well -- didn't realize she was already in her 40s.


 

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Both sad and excited for the season finale next week :facepalm:

One thing the show has done is make me fall absolutely in love with Reese Witherspoon, who I'd honestly kind of dismissed as an actress until now. She's also aging so well -- didn't realize she was already in her 40s.


You should also watch her movie Wild then, excellent acting.
 

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I only just started, but I'm totally hooked :grin:
I feel a bit sorry for Shailene Woodley though, actresses 20 years her senior look way better on the show. It seems a bit symptomatic of today's young Hollywood, perhaps it's just me but I feel actresses used to be more graceful and refined ...
 

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I only just started, but I'm totally hooked :grin:
I feel a bit sorry for Shailene Woodley though, actresses 20 years her senior look way better on the show. It seems a bit symptomatic of today's young Hollywood, perhaps it's just me but I feel actresses used to be more graceful and refined ...
That may just be Shailene; she belongs in the same kind of awkward and graceless but somewhat endearing camp that Jennifer Lawrence is in. There are other young actresses who are quite elegant, I think -- Emma Stone comes to mind, at least in her skinny and poised Birdman days.
 

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Just watched the finale last night -- anyone else seen it yet?? I have my quibbles with it, but overall it was so well done.
 

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That may just be Shailene; she belongs in the same kind of awkward and graceless but somewhat endearing camp that Jennifer Lawrence is in. There are other young actresses who are quite elegant, I think -- Emma Stone comes to mind, at least in her skinny and poised Birdman days.
That's true, I agree I overgeneralised. It was the beginning of the show and I still found her acting a bit jarring, I got used to it as the story gripped me. Also I liked Zoë Kravitz in the same show and she's also a representation of young Hollywood. It was just that the contrast in poise and acting between the three leads was really stark, you know?

Just watched the finale last night -- anyone else seen it yet?? I have my quibbles with it, but overall it was so well done.
I just watched the finale, I liked it! I mean, the death was a very convenient way to wrap up all the plot lines neatly, but I appreciated the message of women's unity and strength in the end :grin:
 

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That's true, I agree I overgeneralised. It was the beginning of the show and I still found her acting a bit jarring, I got used to it as the story gripped me. Also I liked Zoë Kravitz in the same show and she's also a representation of young Hollywood. It was just that the contrast in poise and acting between the three leads was really stark, you know?



I just watched the finale, I liked it! I mean, the death was a very convenient way to wrap up all the plot lines neatly, but I appreciated the message of women's unity and strength in the end :grin:
Zoe Kravitz, yes, so good. Agree about the contrast-- it seems they tried too hard to distinguish between the different generations of women, especially by making the teenagers (well, the one teenage girl) and the children so distanced from their parents. Shailene's mismatching against Reese and Nicole seems to be part of that as well.
 

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I'm following the Italian broadcasting so I'm still on episode four at the moment but I'm hooked on this show! I love how the main characters are all women, so different from one another yet also so alike, so raw and relatable (if you don't consider most of them are filthy rich, that is :rolleyes:). I hadn't been this into a show in a long time, a mature show at least; it's really pushing its limits and it's fascinating to see how it all unfolds the more glimpses we get of the characters' real lives and intentions.

Aesthetically speaking, I've always been a huge fan of Reese's and I adoooore Zoe! Which also means their dynamic is by far my favorite one -- they would be goals as friends! But alas... *giggles*
Shailene, on the other hand... I've always found her sort of annoying, ever since her Secret Life of the American Teenager days. And I just don't think she's as talented as Hollywood apparently thinks she is? I do think she's been looking better in the latest episode I've watched compared to the previous ones, but I just cannot look at her and not remember how she said she only washes her hair like once a year. :speechless:

ANYWAYYY. Can we also please talk about Alexander Skarsgård (yep, I totally had to Google how to spell his surname!)? I mean, YUM.

And I agree that the child cast is adorable! Really talented, as well.
 

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Shailene, on the other hand... I've always found her sort of annoying, ever since her Secret Life of the American Teenager days. And I just don't think she's as talented as Hollywood apparently thinks she is? I do think she's been looking better in the latest episode I've watched compared to the previous ones, but I just cannot look at her and not remember how she said she only washes her hair like once a year. :speechless:
I personally love how Shailene has now been forever typecast as Teen Mom.