Originally Posted by imightbechad
I don't think the show's meant to feel realistic. I think it's meant to appear that way, but to me it seems incredibly surreal.
It's as if all of Louis' neuroses have manifested themselves in a terrifyingly tangible way. The bully. The pot head neighbor. The priest. The blabbing hipsters. They're not real, but they feel like it.
And I can't imagine this show seeming pretentious. Boring, sure. Painfully slow, yep. But pretentious?
Pretentious not in how the characters act, but in how the show seems to take itself so seriously, as if some original statement is to be made by having the non-favorite son ask his mother over and over again if she loves him while she declines to answer, and eventually walks off having never responded directly. That's just one example of where the show just made me kind of face-palm and shrug. It seems like what a 21-year old would do for his final project in film class (and having had many of these types in my circle of friends, I assure you its not far off from the truth at all).
My original post came off as too harsh. I think the show had its moments, definitely some LOL-worthy material. I can tell that most of the subject matter comes from what could potentially be very funny stories. But when the characters of the stories are personified, it makes you realize that the delivery of a comedian on stage can be much stronger than when the ideas are manifested and acted.