Monday, January 26, 2009

Trashy melodrama

I admit it, I stayed up late last night watching the ridiculous Hallmark special "Loving Leah." It's premise is sketchy, its understanding of Judaism laughable, its plot silly - but it was a bit like a trainwreck - I couldn't look away.

To be truly fair, the main actors mostly did a good job. The actors portraying anyone from the frum world were truly, truly horrible, though. It was like a Purim spiel where the actors don't realize they're being parodies...

And the message? Hmm, well, true love overcoming all sorts of obstacles was in there, and apparently letting your daughter move to DC and go to college also means she'll start attending a Reform shul, take off her wig, wear short skirts, go swimming and - horror of horrors - it might lead to mixed dancing!

The funniest in-joke: When Leah finally gets up her nerve to go wander around the city on her own with a map, she's wearing the frum equivalent of an "uppity women unite" shirt - a long denim skirt.

Recommendation - use it as a drinking game. Anytime you see a Jewish stereotype, drink. anytime you see a secular Jew stereotype, drink. Any time you see a frum stereotype, drink.

You should be nice and numb within about 5 minutes. :)


Blogger maffy said...

Your post is so funny! I was going to watch it last night, but we got involved in something else and I forgot about it. Sounds like forgetting about it was the right choice...

1/26/2009 2:04 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

I knew there was a good reason to turn off the teevee last night.

College leads to mixed dancing?
The horror! The horror!

Your review tells me that there's a stereotype nearly every minute.
If I'm numb after five minutes, I switch channels.
But I could've played the same game with a made for teevee scifi flick involving men against dinosaurs last night....

Every time a dinosaur bites a human..... le chaim!

Every time a human does something stupid..... le chaim!

Everytime you see a scientific inaccuracy of staggering proportions...... le chaim!

Everytime someone says something so macho it's impossible to believe that it could be spontane or off the cuff...... le chaim!

Oh heck, don't even make it a drinking game, just put the teevee on mute, grab a book and...... le chaim!

1/26/2009 9:09 PM  
Blogger Gila said...

Why I did not bother to get cable....

1/27/2009 11:20 PM  
Blogger DEATH BY NOODLES said...

College leads to mixed dancing?
The horror! The horror!

Just one more thing to be afraid of. Oh boy. I can't wait.

I don't watch the hallmark channel. Life's full of crapola as it is, no need to seek it out.

1/28/2009 7:43 PM  

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