Save your money for something good and enjoyable
A brilliant film that helped define a genre
Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
There are a lot of reviews that state the show is boring (I binge watched it and was very entertained)....that there is too much sex (it's a show that involves hookers....so there is sex...but I didn't find it excessive) and too much nudity (well....blush your little souls - people tend to be naked whilst doing it). It's not a show for prudes or for people easily offended. So I am not sure why people would watch a show that is focused on the sex industry of the 1970's - if that is not something they want to see. Common sense people.It's a fascinating look into the start of the sexually charged 1970's....here being told in the NYC setting. The introduction of XXX films, heavy prostitution and the corrupt forces that went with it. As well as the ill treatment of minorities. For those who dare delve into the lives of the characters of The Deuce....you will be rewarded with rich story-lines and emotionally charged performances - very well-acted through a stellar cast. You do feel invested in their stories...it blends comedic tones with the dark side of life as well.I would recommend watching at least the first episode. If you do not feel connected with the show at this point - then maybe it's not for you. I was interested from the get go...and I am so glad I didn't listen to the negative reviews for I almost didn't watch it because of them.Looking forward to season 2!
The Deuce is unlike anything else on TV.Its not the most interesting show but it's quite intriguing.a lot of people will check off after a few episodes because as many people have stated "it goes nowhere".I prefer the term slow burn,it takes time to ease you into this world and get to know these characters as it explores the porn industry and how it came to fruition on the 70s.As with The Wire (though not as great as that show) David Simon is exploring something in society,that is often overlooked
if your reading this, do not watch this show, i tried, i mean i really tried to watch it. but after 5 episodes i am done, the story line is so bad and takes ages to actually go somewhere. the costumes and the set are so fake you can clearly tell its done in a studio. the only reason i watched this started to watch this is because James Franco is in it. and hes the only good actor in it as the rest are hopeless. i immediately gave up when i found out there was going to be a season 2- if you do not like the first 2 episodes, you wont like the rest because the first 2 episodes were the best, it just gets worse from there
I lived in Spanish Harlem in the period of this series. As a new college grad, recently a dental school drop out, I ventured to Oz. I walked the length and breadth of Manhattan in my wing-tip shoes. I couldn't find work. I was laughed out of clothing stores where I applied for sales jobs by gay clerks who correctly judged me as a provincial. Yes, it was a tough town.I partook of 42nd Street entertainments occasionally. Times Square and 42nd Street were shabby and inhabited by street people of every sort. The vibe was similar to what we can experience today in large cities of Africa, South America and South East Asia. Why? Because Manhattan then was a place where run-down housing was cheap. Hordes of disenfranchised young people fled there from every corner of America. The false promise of success drew them. Yet the aristocracy still ruled and exploited them. This series has captured the mood of 42nd Street and Times Square of that time. It has even brought back to me some of the smells of that district. It was pungent with cigarette smoke, burned grease from shabby diners, cheap perfume, and disinfectant. Cars spewed unfiltered pollution. Cabs honked incessantly. Loud voices pierced the din. Wary tourists gawked and skittered.I appreciate the show's avoidance of retrospective political correctness. Hookers, pimps and corrupt cops were not gentile. Perhaps the show softens them all a bit, but the basic content is accurate. As a young gay man of a politically aware nature, I lived the experience of being hunted by crooked cops and exploited by mob venues. I winced when James Franco first appeared as identical twins in the pilot. I doubted the show's ability to pull this off, but it has remarkably well. Maggie Gyllenhaal does an exemplary job as an aging prostitute, independent of the pimp patriarchy. Her character exposes the underside of pre-feminist independence for women of the 1950's and 1960's. While Katherine Hepburn was playing upper class women of stature, the reality on the ground was quite different, especially for working-class women and women of color.This is the kind of programming which might save channels like HBO in an age of increased streaming competition. I place it on a tier with Showtime's "Ray Donovan". Gritty drama with suspense and good character development (writing) seldom fail.