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Fleishman Is In Trouble

Who is watching?

I'm finding this VERY COMPELLING.

Jesse Eisenberg and Lizzy Caplan are great. I can't take my eyes off of Claire Danes, playing this razor-sharp bitch of a wife ("Why does my husband have the appetite of a teenage pageant queen with an eating disorder?" Ouch. Not sure I buy these two characters becoming husband and wife but it's very obvious why they're getting a divorce. Painfully obvious.

Really insightful, compelling stuff. Can't wait for the next episode.

by Anonymousreply 43January 26, 2023 2:05 PM

Just watched the first two episodes after seeing the Golden Globes nomination list. I'm loving it so far. Anybody else?

by Anonymousreply 1December 14, 2022 12:31 PM

No, thanks. I hate excessive use of voice-overs in movies and TVs.

[quote]Only two episodes are available right now, but I don't like shows that use constant voice over narration, and this one uses it almost more than real dialogue. Why not just rent the audio book then? The narration is better than the dialogue, so maybe I should. People of a certain age will remember a show called Thirty-something, and this is the modern 40-something version with more sex. The only real problem these people have are totally self created; they are wealthy, privileged and successful, everything in life is at their fingertips, but we should care that they are sad right now because....well, I don't know why.

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by Anonymousreply 2December 14, 2022 12:47 PM

[quote] they are wealthy, privileged and successful, everything in life is at their fingertips, but we should care that they are sad right now because....well, I don't know why

The new narrative: if you make a good living, you don’t have any problems in your life. And if you do, nobody should give a shit.

by Anonymousreply 3December 14, 2022 1:22 PM

I remember hearing about the book.

by Anonymousreply 4December 14, 2022 1:23 PM

He is so hard to watch. Or listen to. His facial expression is the same in any movie he is in. And Claire Danes fucked Billy Crudup while his girlfriend was heavily pregnant, not a fan of that hoe.

by Anonymousreply 5December 14, 2022 1:24 PM

Yes, Jesse always has that Tucker Carlson constipation look on his face.

by Anonymousreply 6December 14, 2022 1:25 PM

[quote]Yes, Jesse always has that Tucker Carlson constipation look on his face.

I was going to say this too.

by Anonymousreply 7December 14, 2022 1:28 PM

Jesse Eisenberg could play an angry Prince Harry if he were 8 inches taller.

by Anonymousreply 8December 14, 2022 1:57 PM

Made it 15 minutes into the first episode and turned it off. I just can’t take another show about the problems of straight, wealthy white people in Manhattan. I mean, there’s a gag in the first 10 minutes about how Fleishman is made to feel financially inferior because he’s a … doctor. Cool, no thanks. I put on the first episode of “Reservation Dogs” instead and found it compelling, strange and funny.

by Anonymousreply 9January 4, 2023 3:38 PM

There is absolutely nothing more wretched than a Woody Allen imitation. FIT even borrows Woody’s font.

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by Anonymousreply 10January 4, 2023 3:41 PM

I know it's asking a lot to watch it through to the end for the pay-off but I think the last two episodes are some of the best TV I've seen in ages. It flips itself upside and makes it clear why it's been structured the way it has been only in its end, and I loved it. Lizzy Caplan is incredible.

by Anonymousreply 11January 4, 2023 3:52 PM

Oooh. All the episodes are available today. Binge, baby, binge. I loved the book, and have always liked Jesse and Claire.

by Anonymousreply 12January 4, 2023 3:58 PM

I loved this, the last episode with Lizzy talking about lost youth and aging was great. Even rich white people get older and long for their lost choices. R9 Res dogs is fucking excellent, it made me cry many times and the main kid is hot.

by Anonymousreply 13January 4, 2023 4:19 PM

Yes, Lizzy Caplan was the best thing in it. I really enjoyed it.

by Anonymousreply 14January 4, 2023 4:20 PM

No shade on those who liked it. I like the actors involved too. A few years ago I would’ve gone right for a show like this. More than anything my own tastes are changing, I think.

by Anonymousreply 15January 4, 2023 5:14 PM

Party Down is coming back, Lizzy fans!

by Anonymousreply 16January 4, 2023 7:09 PM

I was intrigued by the disappearance of the wife in the first episode, but began enjoying it less and less with each passing episode. The central plot device makes no sense. It requires everyone who knows the wife (including her husband— yes, ex-husband, but she is the mother of his two kids) to show absolutely no interest in the fact that someone has apparently disappeared from the face of the earth with no trace.

And the final explanation, and the lesson we are all to draw from this sad tale, is almost a parody of 1st world problems. No, thank you.

Eight hours I will not get back.

by Anonymousreply 17January 4, 2023 8:06 PM

I only use real butter

by Anonymousreply 18January 4, 2023 8:09 PM

Loved it.

by Anonymousreply 19January 4, 2023 8:21 PM

This holds no appeal to me, for the same reasons offered by r9, though I like Lizzy Caplan a lot, so she tempts me a bit.

Also want to echo that Reservation Dogs is fantastic, one of the best shows currently in production.

by Anonymousreply 20January 4, 2023 8:22 PM

Just watched the first episode and am loving it!

Very New York.

I know someone who looks and talks JUST like the main guy, which is freaky

by Anonymousreply 21January 17, 2023 4:23 AM

Lizzie Kaplan is so good in everything. From this (she's the reason to watch) to Party Down, Masters of Sex, Mean Girls.

Girl has the goods.

by Anonymousreply 22January 17, 2023 5:05 AM

I finally finished it. While it's compelling, I have zero empathy for any of the characters except for the children. There's so much whining and navel-gazing but very little accountability or appreciation for what they do have. I do like the idea of taking and issue and looking at it from multiple points of view.

by Anonymousreply 23January 17, 2023 5:16 AM


by Anonymousreply 24January 17, 2023 1:32 PM

I was good to go until the last 20 minutes or so.

The conversation between Toby and Libby at the party, while well acted, came off as just trite writing.

"I'm going to write a book about this" just falls flat to me. She might as well have said, "and it's going to be called 'Fleishman is in Trouble and then it's going to be made into a miniseries on Hulu starring Jesse Eisenberg and Claire Danes." It was a sloppy tie up to what was, until then, a very challenging and well-done show.

by Anonymousreply 25January 17, 2023 3:33 PM

What the show gets right is how slutty straight man and women are.

Similar to the show, I have a friend who got divorced a few years back. He’s very average looking but has fucked so many women over that time that he thinks he’s some god. It’s hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 26January 17, 2023 9:55 PM

I really liked the series especially the early episodes where Claire Danes’ appearances were tantamount to the shark in Jaws. She was great in this and I really admired Jesse Eisenberg’s work in it as well. The entire cast was great, right down to the Fleischman kids.

I’m not sure I bought into the final episode but at least it was well constructed. But it was a cop out, as if even the writer of “the book” was championing her own salvation through writing…without actually providing a satisfying ending to her “book”. The story was already opened out as a meta commentary, it didn’t need further distancing. While The Fleischman’s were drawn as very real characters, in the end it was implied that was only down to one woman’s writing talent…which is implied in every piece of good writing.

I liked enough of what proceeded it to go, oh, okay. But I can’t say it was completely satisfied. It made the whole thing kind of feel like I’d joined the clever kids for lunch one day…only to find they’re not as clever as they think they are. Also, Adam Brody and his character deserved more screen time - especially if it was just a book.

Reservation Dogs S1 is great. S2 returns to the same well too often and felt kind of inert, like they didn’t know where to go with it. Love all the characters and will definitely watch S3. Still dying over S1 jokes about the meat pies or whatever. “Girl with a stomach ache wants to know if anyone wants to buy her meat pies, anyone interested….no?” (Paraphrased, obvs.) I died

by Anonymousreply 27January 18, 2023 11:19 AM

[quote]Eight hours I will not get back.

And it shows.

by Anonymousreply 28January 18, 2023 11:21 AM

Whatever you think of the show, it gets the UES very right. Someone unthread mentioned him whining about only being a doctor. In some UES circles, doctor is indeed considered a working class profession. That private school world is dominated by the finance profession and some of them truly do scoff at a six figure income.

Also, with Claire’s character disappearing an no one really caring or even noticing? Totally believable for the UES in summer. Everyone scatters over the summer with only some trickling in and out of the city. It’s very transient in the summertime.

by Anonymousreply 29January 18, 2023 11:30 AM

I used to be that on my toast every morning.

by Anonymousreply 30January 18, 2023 1:42 PM

R9 I think that was the point, being a doctor is/should be more than enough. It’s something that’s mentioned a few times….what is enough. At that point in the series they are telling the story from his vantage point, and part of what makes his wife the villain is her pursuit of status and that what he has to offer will never be good enough for her. That’s how he sees it anyway,

by Anonymousreply 31January 18, 2023 5:06 PM

The writing is great.

It does what the Sex and the City reboot and the Neil Patrick Harris show Uncoupled tried but does it without wacko or zany plot lines.

The acting is great. Eisenberg gets young NY Jewish doctor exactly right—with the stuttered phrasing.

by Anonymousreply 32January 22, 2023 5:42 AM

I watched it and liked it, even though I get the the criticisms.

by Anonymousreply 33January 22, 2023 5:48 AM

I wish we’d gotten as many nude scenes with Adam Brody as we had with Jesse Eisenberg. Brody belongs in that “got hotter when they got older” thread. He didn’t do much for me in his The OC days, but man, is he hot now.

I really liked the show..my kind of television. Danes and Kaplan were fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 34January 22, 2023 6:34 AM

I got in with a circle of wealthy New Yorkers and broke away after two years.

They had no problems. So getting the right caterer for a birthday party, a delay in delivery of a shirt, and other trivialities assumed large importance. They had no concept of how normal people live. I had to explain that office managers and paralegals did not get pensions and that many of the baristas and retail workers they encountered had college degrees. ("No one I know with a college degree ever had to take a job like that. Did they all flunk classes?")

There really is not much that is interesting in these people or this life. So I bagged out of the show after 20 minutes.

by Anonymousreply 35January 22, 2023 4:08 PM

I recall a documentary about rich kids and yes, they were all concerned about extraordinarily trivial things. I recall a younger Ivanka Trump coming off the best among the kids featured. Who knew she’d become such a grifter?

by Anonymousreply 36January 22, 2023 6:16 PM

The last two episodes have outsized impact on everything else. In other words, if you're 4 eps in, mildly entertained but about to give up, keep going.

If you're wondering why Claire Danes would take such a nasty, one dimensional role - Keep watching.

If you're wondering why Lizzy Caplan's character narrates and if its just a style choice, keep watching.

There's no sixth sense type twist coming. But the world gets turned on its head in those episodes which is why we have so many upside down shots early on.

by Anonymousreply 37January 23, 2023 3:41 AM

I watched four episodes and had a strong sense of deja vu. Bland melodrama that is just barely interesting enough to keep watching, vanilla sexual encounters passed off as edgy and of course lifestyle porn. This show is just Desperate Housewives. This show is shit and anyone who likes it is simple.

by Anonymousreply 38January 24, 2023 3:42 PM

R38, it gets better. I really enjoyed where it went.

by Anonymousreply 39January 24, 2023 3:53 PM

The show never gets great but it gets better.

Episode 7 retells the story from Clare Danes' character's point of view. She is the best thing in the series but in that episode she is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 40January 25, 2023 3:23 AM

Just watched the Claire episode


Claire Danes always does mental breakdown stunningly. I’ve never had one but felt that this is exactly what it must be like.

What a sad moment for the character. She really broke my heart

by Anonymousreply 41January 25, 2023 4:51 AM

Is this a Northern Exposure reboot?

by Anonymousreply 42January 25, 2023 5:02 AM

Loved certain moments of the final episode. The scene with Fleishman and his daughter in the synagogue was extraordinary--it just showed the intense love between father and child.

I love the "You will never be younger than right now" montage.

Like R25 said, however, the conversation at the engagement party sort of got boring--it was too overwrought.

Otherwise, a really wonderful show.

by Anonymousreply 43January 26, 2023 2:05 PM
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