Le’ Money, Le’ Problems

Hollywood. It often comes under fire for being out of touch with real America. And that’s true. It is. But as someone from elite liberal coastal America, a place I have called home for my entire life, I would be remiss if I didn’t let everyone know that Hollywood is out of touch with fake America too.

The coasts do have rich people on them. Pretty much all of them, in fact, except maybe T. Boone Pickens.  But if you’re going to make a TV show where one of the two main characters is an ex-rich person, that character should have a well-rounded personality. I say this not because all rich people are people too and their feelings matter or any of those reasons, but because they are characters on your television show that you are asking people to watch. They should be interesting, not just a receptacle for zingers. In unrelated news: 2 Broke Girls, coming soon to CBS!

I guess we can start with the requisite “that apartment is way too big” thing, but I mean, why bother? I would just like to mention that I was disappointed not to see a giant spool being used as a coffee table. I always like that as shorthand for “poor.”

Our lead character, Brunette/Poor, is a hipster’s fantasy. She’s sassy and disaffected. She makes pop culture references. She has dark hair. She zings the wrong kind of hipsters. She wears cool t-shirts. And most of all, she is poor, always has been poor, and doesn’t seem to care. Kat Dennings, who plays Brunette/Poor, has been a full-time actress since her family relocated to Los Angeles, right after she graduated high school early at age 14. So, she can relate to the struggles of the everyday working man, ok?

Blonde/Rich, on the other hand is a representation of everything that hipsters fear and loathe. Inherited money (this is more a fear of being associated with it than a fear of inherited money itself). Perkiness. Enthusiasm. naiveté. Stupidity. Popularity. Blondeness. Good posture.

Blonde/Rich’s personality traits don’t appear to add up to anything more than the sum of those parts. All you need to know is that she is Rich and not StreetSmart. Nothing she does is recognizably human. At all. And she’s the second most important character on this show.

I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason why the completely vapid Blonde/Rich and Brunette/Poor, whose personality is best described as Lethal Weapon-era Danny Glover crossed with this. Something that ties them together. Wikipedia?

The two become fast friends and build their dream of one day opening a cupcake shop (for which they need to raise $250,000)

I’ve already spent most of this post talking about hipsterdom, without even mentioning their DREAMS REVOLVE AROUND A CUPCAKE SHOP! Brooklyn already has plenty of cupcake places! 2 Broke Girls is ostensibly about Regular People doing Regular Things and struggling, because, you know, Life Is Hard. That message is going to be diluted a bit when they get a quarter million dollars in seed money and OPEN A CUPCAKE BOUTIQUE.

Sheesh, that was exhausting. Carry me home, Youtube.

Who the fuck wrote the script for this? for realzies.


ggumboots 2 weeks ago
Youtube! Try to be more encouraging, please!

Kat Dennings Is Too Good For This Show. I think If it wasnt a sitcom and it was filmed in the style of 30 rock and maybe on hbo to make it edgier and more adult it would be amazing. All shows have potential you just have to put it in the right format.

djc101790 3 weeks ago 4

Thanks, mom. Now do wistful and hauntingly beautiful.

the dark haired girls reminds me of a girl i was recently into *sigh*

RainbowJudeSuxxx 2 months ago

Terrific. Congrats to CBS on snagging the show that Whitney Cummings will make her second priority, and not the one with, you know, her name in it. That must be exciting! Will America’s love affair with Whitney Cummings ever end?

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