If you don't like this, we can't be friends.
Great Film overall
Instead, you get a movie that's enjoyable enough, but leaves you feeling like it could have been much, much more.
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
What more can I say than I already have done in the tag line....This is a very poor version of the original. American TV just doesn't seem to get how comedy works or what makes something funny and entertaining. I was just left wondering what they were thinking, it lacks any substance, it's only 22 mins long, which is probably a blessing with this version compared to the UK version which has it spot on and at twice as long, still leaves you wanting more.There is no chemistry between Reggie and Alex Horne, Alex tries his best but gets nothing back from Reggie or the contestants.It just pales in every way compared to UK version. But I shouldn't be surprised as it seems to be a cultural thing in America to have dumbed down simplified comedy which almost has to be overly explained in order for Americans to get the joke, whereas British comedy tends to be a lot smarter and needs less explanation to get to the punchline, it's just more natural, the British have a better understanding of humour and comedy than the Americans, Americans tend not to understand British humour and comedy whereas British understand American comedy but just don't really find it that funny. Prime example was when American network wanted to do a version of Faulty Towers but they were going to do it without the Basil Faulty character.........??????? ............Exactly!!!Or with monty python, they wanted to change all kinds of things and it wouldn't have been the same. There are some fans of British comedy from the US but they tend to be the more clever and artistic folks, which funnily enough, by no coincidence are also creators or comedy in America which is very popular in the UK, like the Simpsons and Family Guy as just an example.I guess if you haven't watched the UK version then you might enjoy it but if you have watched the UK version then you probably won't, you will just be disappointed and let down by it, knowing that if they had kept it more true to the original UK format it would be a lot more enjoyable to watch, as simple as having Greg Davies and Alex Horne presenting it would probably have been enough to inject the required entertainment and spark that is required, which is what it lacks in a big way. For me, the stand out of the show was Ron Funches, by a country mile, only time I really laughed was because of him, for a show that is meant to be comedy, only 2/7 personalities brought any comedy to the show!
Prefer it to the UK version, except the ones with Mortimer and Phillips.
My first ever review and I came prepared to give my full and honest opinion of the show only to find that jazfro had said it first and probably better than I could. Given that it is Alex Horne's idea the format is still good but severely curtailed. It is possible more of a comment on the differences between US and English/Aussie cultures than a standalone great show. If you want to see how good it could be then find and watch the Greg Davies UK version.
It's almost the same format as the UK original, but shorter. Same kind of creative problem solving challenges. And Alex Horne is on hand to provide continuity.
So far, so good.
What's missing are the small details that make the UK show really funny and enjoyable: Reggie Watts is a big comedian, but he does not allow himself to be as outrageous as Greg Davies (the Taskmaster of the UK original series). No small part of the fun of the UK show is the banter between Davies and Horne (part bullying, part master-and-servant, part homoerotic) and the deprecating tone of the Taskmaster's judgement of the comedians' efforts - the fun in the original is the mock humiliation, willingly accepted by the contestants. I expected they'd cut that out of the US version of the show: it's not part of the culture. I guess that's exemplary of the cultural differences that make it hard to transpose UK (or Aussie) shows to the US.
What's missing, is that the producers have not found anything to replace the bits that made the UK show enjoyable -but would not work for a US audience- with something else. So all we're left to contemplate are B-list comedians' goofy videos. It's watchable, but rarely will it make you burst out with laughter.