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Craig Learns How Not to Win the Girl Back on Her Wedding Day on 'Man Up!' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 19th 2011 1:30AM
'Man Up!' - 'Pilot'Right away, my firsts instinct when watching 'Man Up!' (Tue., 8:30PM ET on ABC) was that the network has another 'Cougar Town' on their hands, with the slight difference that none of these actors are household names.

What I mean is that the show seems to have the potential to be far greater than the gimmicky premise it's been saddled with. And just like 'Cougar Town' works against that show as a title, I think 'Man Up!' will work against this one.

People expecting something along the lines of 'How to Be a Gentleman' -- and we saw how well that worked out -- will get some of that, but not enough to take away from what's enjoyable. But more likely, people expecting 'Gentleman' fare simply won't tune in, and that would be a shame.

This is quite simply a story of three male buddies who are modern men. Just like Tim Allen is out of his element in the modern world, these guys wouldn't understand his world either. They hang out together by chatting over X-Box Live while they play 'Call of Duty' or some other military shooter.

They are relatable, and yet they still want to be men when it counts and seen as men. They're just not sure what that entails now. One thing Craig learned this week is that life isn't like the movies. You can't crash your ex-girlfriend's wedding by singing to her during the ceremony and expect her to run into your arms.

Instead, you'll find yourself running away from the groom and all his groomsmen, who ultimately chased Craig and the boys down in a limousine. In fact, those guys were acting like the classic "man" the title alludes our boys should try to be, but they came across looking like buffoons.

Maybe that's the point. That there is no one way to be a man, and it's about these guys being comfortable in their own skins. But in this season of "manly" shows, I think this comedy doesn't deserve to be saddled with that moniker. It's smarter than that and has the potential to be a solid comedy hit for the network.

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