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DVD Review: 2 BROKE GIRLS
THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON



Studio: Warner Home Video
Year: 2012
Cast: Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite, Matthew Moy, Jennifer Coolidge
Director: Various
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Rating: Not Rated for (adult themes)
Run Time: 08h:33m:00s
Genre(s): comedy

"I'm saying, someone had a tip slip, and that is not a small tip. And as a waitress and a loose woman, I know a small tip when I see one." - Max (Kat Dennings)

2 BROKE GIRLS

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Sassy, brassy, crude, vulgar are some of the terms for this hilarious wise-racking comedy that is into its third season on network primetime. Here is season two where the gloves really come off. From hipsters to genitals to life in Brooklyn, no target is off limits to waitresses Max & Caroline.

Movie Grade: B+

DVD Grade: A-

2 Broke Girls was created by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. King came up working on various shows including Sex and the City. Cummings is a stand-up comedian who got this show, as well her own show, Whitney, on the air in 2012. Both shows were renewed for a second season, though Whitney was cancelled in May 2013. She was given her own talk show, Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings on E! in 2012, which was cancelled after one season. 2 Broke Girls has received three Emmy nominations.

Kat Dennings as Max and Beth Behrs as Caroline are the titular broke girls of the show who are trying to survive and launch their own business in Brooklyn, New York. Max comes from a poor working-class family and Caroline was born rich but is now disgraced and penniless due to her father, Martin Channing, getting caught operating a Bernard Madoff-esque Ponzi scheme-working together at a Brooklyn restaurant. The two become friends and roommates and when Caroline learns of Max's cupcake baking skills, decide to build toward the dream of one day opening a cupcake shop. Among those working with them at the restaurant are their boss, Han Lee (Matthew Moy); Oleg (Jonathan Kite), an upbeat but perverted Ukrainian cook; and Earl (Garrett Morris), a 75-year-old black cashier. Also featured starting late in the first season is their neighbor and part-time boss Sophie (Jennifer Coolidge), a Polish immigrant who runs the housecleaning company Sophie's Choice. In this season, Ryan Hansen joins the show as Andy, a candy store owner who becomes a love interest for Caroline.

Kat Dennings began work in television, starting with a role on HBO's Sex and the City (1998), following up with roles on Raising Dad (2001), The Scream Team (2002) (TV), Everwood (2002), Without a Trace (2002) and ER (1994), among others. She has found work on the big screen with supporting roles in Raise Your Voice (2004), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and Big Momma's House 2 (2006). She followed with roles in The House Bunny (2008) and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008). Beth Behrs is a graduate of the UCLA School of Film and Television and was an unknown before this part. Jonathan Kits bounced around through multiple small comedic roles before the part of the oversexed diner cook in this show. Jennifer Coolidge made her television debut on NBC's Seinfeld (1989), playing a masseuse who won't offer her professional services to Jerry in a 1993 episode. Later she had her breakthrough role in American Pie and it's sequel as Stifler's mom, a boozed-up and sultry mom who seduces her son's classmate with the comment that she liked her scotch and men the same way: aged 18 years. She is also known for her turn as Joey Tribbiani's agent in the ill-fated Joey series. Garrett Morris has appeared in countless roles since his groundbreaking run in the original cast of Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1980. He is best recalled for his characterizations, especially retired Latino baseball player Chico (baseball been berry berry good to me! Escuela, and himpressions of Sammy Davis Jr and Richard Pryor among countless other bits.

This is certainly one of the dirtiest shows on television with copious sexual references and drug humor. The plot lines are usually pretty minimal and the show bounces from set piece to set piece with Max being set up for most of the funny lines. There is a nod to that awkward sitcom quality where the actors nod to the absurdity of the situation in the comedy and they awareness of their own silliness. When it works, it adds to the humor. When it doesn't it comes off as poorly written and/or rehearsed. Some of the attempts to develop more story line seem a bit clunky. The show is at its best when Max is taking orders in the diner from the customers she hates and Caroline is franticall receiving one crazy text or another.

The disc include special features like Max's Homemade Cupcakes: Go Big or Go Broke, 2 Broke Girrilss! with Sophie Kachinsky, 2 Broke Girls at PaleyFest 2013 along with some unaired scenes and a gag reel.

Season Two Episodes:
And the Hidden Stash
And the Pearl Necklace
And the Hold-Up
And the Cupcake War
And the Pre-Approved Credit Card
Andy the Candy Manwich
And the Three Boys with Wood
And the Egg Special
And the New Boss
And the Big Opening
And the Silent Partner
And the High Holidays
And the Bear Truth
And Too Little Sleep
And the Psychic Shakedown
And Just Plane Magic
And the Broken Hip
And Not-So-Sweet Charity
And the Temporary Distraction
And the Big Hole
And the Worst Selfie Ever
And the Extra Work
And the Tip Slip
And the Window of Opportunity

Posted by: Jesse Shanks - October 20, 2013, 9:19 am - DVD Review
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