Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Now on Netflix: Crashing (2016)

Crashing (2016) - Directed by George Kane; Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge; Starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jonathan Bailey, Julie Dray, Louise Ford, Damien Molony, Adrian Scarborough, Amit Shah.

By Kenny Howell

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was busy in 2016, making one of the best shows of the year in Fleabag, and this one, which is a bit on the lighter side, but definitely has that same sense of humor.

In Crashing, she plays Lulu, a woman who comes back home to see her friend Sam (Jonathan Bailey). Sam is living with his girlfriend Kate (Louise Ford), and the instant Lulu shows up, it makes things awkward for everyone. Sam and Lulu are technically just friends, but they do have a special connection and that threatens Kate who isn't feeling exactly stable with Sam.

Lulu has nowhere to live, so she is invited to crash at their place, an abandoned hospital where a group of people have made their home, many of them friends of Sam and Kate. There is Melody (Julie Dray), the French sexpot artist who takes a liking to a depressed man that works with Kate. There is also Anthony (Damien Molony), an inappropriate hornball that may not being totally honest with himself.

Fleabag is a pretty special work, so it is hard to compare the two shows. Crashing is a more typical sitcom, albeit quite exaggerated as many British shows of this type often are. Luckily, Waller-Bridge is quite good at that and gets quite a bit of funny moments out of it. It may be a bit forgettable, but it is a passable, and definitely something to watch when you want to turn your mind off for a bit.

Season 1 of Crashing is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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