'Two and a Half Men: The Complete Seventh Season'
(Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: For six seasons, Charlie Harper has loved ’em and left ’em. In Season 7, he gets left. TV’s #1 comedy pulls a hilarious switcheroo when Charlie’s fiancée Chelsea meets a doctor (score one) who’s generous, thoughtful and mature (score three more). She vamooses, and Charlie – after pickling himself in booze and self-pity – handles the situation in typical Charlie fashion. Which means lots of laughs for Men fans.
DVD Verdict: Ok, I'm, much like most of American I would guess, am a huge fan of this show; which over the first six seasons has maintained a fantastically high laugh count and developed some terrific characters played by some top quality actors. The writing is consistently brilliant and there's a great chemistry and balance between the characters and actors that make it a real joy to watch.
Indeed, the chemistry between Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer has always been comparable to Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry on "Friends" with a little more edge to it. And the writing, while certainly not for all ages, has been consistently excellent. Not sure how long the show will go as the "half" man is growing up, his voice is changing and they'll eventually have to address this, but so far, as they say, so good.
I wonder sometimes how much of the show is adlibed on occasion. I hope a lot as it flows seamlessly, and that's always a sign of how good a show truly is.
In Season 7, things change all over the place for Charlie. He gets left (now, officially by all the women in his life) by his fiancée Chelsea, who herself meets a doctor. Charlie drinks himself into a state and the self-pity comedy ensues from therein. But Charlie isn’t the only Harper making cement-headed decisions. Alan decides the only thing that separates him from a love god is hair! So he tries the spray-on variety. And Jake decides what he needs to navigate the perilous waters of teenage dating is advice - from uncle Charlie!
Oh, and Berta! My God, you GOTTA love Berta! When she calls Alan "Zippy" I get tears in my eyes I laugh so hard! Jake, being the smart ass and yet dumb as a box of rocks kid has bypassed my nerves for many season, due to his youth. However, no longer ... his dumb act has worn thin and I am over him. I don't even like him in any scenes any more he is just so, well, annoying(ly dumb)!
I love Herb and Judith, and Rose (when she is/was about) and Evelyn. This is the craziest, dirtiest, lovable, bust a rib and die laughing show you will see! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Charlie Harper ex reunion featurette