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Review: Cougar Town - A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 29th 2009 11:33AM
Cougar Town: A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)(S01E06) I've been trying to figure out why I'm not connecting with Courteney Cox and her Cougar Town alter ego, Jules Cobb. It's not just about Cox overacting her role; if that were the case, I would have gotten tired of Monica Geller at around season five of Friends. No, it was something else, something that I couldn't put my finger on.

But after enjoying the male side of the show more than the female side for the second week in a row, the reason has become clear: I might be the wrong gender. I'm neither getting nor caring about why Jules has so many issues with dating young'uns or the process she has to go through as a "woman of years" in order to do that.

What's ironic about that is that I had problems with the pilot because it felt like it was too frat-boy sounding. So maybe I don't know what I want out of this show. It's not the first time that's happened.

Here's what I'm seeing: Bobby still acts like a tool but now we know that a lot of his bravado is out of a) fear he's not going to make it financially and b) deeper feelings for Jules than we've seen to this point. Have I bought into the notion of Jules and Bobby being a couple at any point? No. But it might be fun to see Bobby's lingering feelings for his ex come out in various ways, deepening his character and making him (gulp) likeable. Kudos to Brian Van Holt for actually giving what could be a one-note character a little bit of subtlety.

Here's what I'm also seeing: Travis may be more outwardly embarrassed by his dad than he is by his mom, but we're seeing evidence that he likes hanging with dad better. In fact, we don't see him hang out with Jules all that much, a relationship that showed some chemistry and promise in the pilot. All he does is enter a room, quip about his embarrassment, and leave.

I'm also seeing that Andy's affection for Bobby is deeper than anyone realized (the biggest laugh of the night was seeing Andy put that pic of Bobby he bought at the boat/yard sale over his and Ellie's bed). I'm also realizing that Grayson is becoming a good friend to Bobby, despite all odds, and he's just not there to tell Jules how crazy she is.

What am I learning about the ladies? Not much. Laurie's a bit of a slut. Ellie used to be Laurie, now she's just mean (Another funny line, she had sex without love with 20 guys, "21 if you count the first six years I was with Andy.").

And Jules...? I found that she can't break up with her boy toy Josh. Snore. Her first breakup attempt did elicit a chuckle when the word "menapause" spilled out of her mouth, with her explaining that it won't happen for "four years". But, otherwise, the story really didn't do much for me. Josh was a blank slate, and they didn't even play a real version of beer pong (if you're using two cups, then use paddles. If you're going to play Beirut, then use more cups).

There needs to be more blending in this series, more combinations of people in the stories. Because right now, we're seeing the girls vs. the guys, and the guys are winning out. And that's not a good sign in a show that's supposed to be female-centric.

[Watch clips and episodes of Cougar Town at SlashControl.]

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aliciad20

I think the show is great! I like Courtney's energy and I think it's spot on in regards to being a "Cougar"!

November 18 2009 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susan

You don't like it because it's a lousy show! the writing is demeaning to women, the embarrassment she has of just existing is ridiculous. women can be sexy as hell their whole lives. this show is ageist and boring. simple as that.

November 15 2009 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CC

I watched this show for the first time (because Glee wasn't on, and I watched Modern Family so left the tv on). My sis thinks the show is funny and usually watches it on Hulu.

It was just okay. I don't know if I laughed at all while watching - it was almost as though the show is just bland.

I disliked "Monica" on Friends (probably the most out of the six friends) and Courteney Cox's character on Cougar Town does seem a lot like Monica. I doubt I'll watch this show again, unless there is nothing else on...

October 29 2009 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tingrin87

i think Barb and the 20-something girl are my favorite characters.
Ian Gomez' character is a bit too gross, and his wife is just annoying.

October 29 2009 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda

The WORST show I've ever seen. Oedipus Rex...Eww.

Courtney Cox is a nightmare in this. I think it's become normal for young boys to hit on their Mom's friends? True? And, is it also okay for the Mom's friend to DIG this?

This is some sick sh**.

October 29 2009 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shadowracer

They mad a mistake with the concept, the show is(or should be) "Sex in the Suburbs" - with less interesting characters than sex in the city. I don't even know what any of them do career wise, there's nothing at stake and no reason to care about anyone.

The show is scrubs in different clothing. If they would rebrand this as "sex in the suburbs" it would work. And I think you need to have sex scenes, while those are normally extraneous, they are an absolute must for a show titled "Cougar Town".

October 29 2009 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick cokely

Honestly I think it's Cox. I watched it for the first time last night and she was grating. Her voice, her overacting, everything was just really bad. I liked her in Friends, maybe it's just the HD but she seems so much more whiney and pitchy than she was in her more famous role.

October 29 2009 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

I watched last night for the first time because Glee wasn't on. (My DVR usually pulls double duty with Glee and Gary Unmarried.)

I realized I'm not missing much. The show has the same look and feel as Carpoolers and In The Motherhood. I think this show will suffer the same fate.

Good riddance, Courteney Cox.

October 29 2009 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

I guess I am watching a different show than the reviewer because I think the show is improving each week and I find Bobby the only character I want to see less off. However, I still cannot understand how they were ever married.

October 29 2009 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

Can't two people have two different opinions? I never know why someone who disagrees with one of our reviews almost invariably starts his/her comment with a variation of "Maybe we were watching different shows, but..."

October 29 2009 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

This show isn't half as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I find Cox unbearable in this. Loved her in Friends, but here she's in "manic Monica" mode all the time.

October 29 2009 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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