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TED LASSO – SEASON 2 (2021): The Things I Liked…

As some of you may remember, comedy/drama Ted Lasso – season one; the story of a US American Football coach, who arrives in the UK to manage a struggling English Premier League soccer team is, without a doubt, one of the best things that happened to me in 2020. 

Fast forward to now, when season two has both started and finished; let’s put it this way, I’ll make time for season three in 2022; however, I’ll be sure to calm myself right down should I find myself getting too excited about the third instalment.

Yes, season two of Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham’s Emmy Award-winning series did at times move me to laughter and tears. The problem is that it also made me cringe because some of what I adored about season one, such as the positive attitude and heartwarming kindness, in parts of season two, it’s written in a way that often felt forced. The most irritating example of this, for me, is the Christmas episode.

Ted Lasso (2021), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+
Ted Lasso (2021), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+

Another way that season two disappointed me is how it handled delving more into the lives of the less central characters. Rather than finding myself engrossed in some of these secondary stories, I was annoyed that I wasn’t learning more about Lasso himself. Additionally, during these departures from the main focus, when Lasso did feature, the writing leant into his eccentricities in a fashion that, for me, cheapened his character.

As creative and somewhat well-edited as the episode that focuses on coach Beard is, thematically, it just felt out of place with the rest of the season. Then there’s the fact that I did not believe the direction of Beard’s love story with the mysterious Jane.

Speaking of not believing, where Nate’s all-important character journey is concerned, I sadly neither liked nor did I buy it.

All in all, I’m sad to say that season two of Ted Lasso annoyed me more than it pleased me. Even though I was glad to learn more about Lasso’s history and struggles, the season is more reminiscent of the short-lived Sex and the City movie franchise than I’d hoped. Meaning, I loved the first movie, but my goodness was it abundantly clear that the second film was hugely rushed, resulting in a less than pleasing result.

There are actually no specific episodes that stand out as my favourite in season two. But almost all episodes of season one do. Luckily, I do have a favourite season two moment, and that is how Jamie Tartt’s all-important walk on to the pitch is captured and presented.

What do you think of Season two of Ted Lasso? Have I been too harsh? Let me know in the comments below.

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TED LASSO – SEASON 2 (2021): New Trailer Starring Jason Sudeikis, Juno Temple, Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt…

Ted Lasso - Season 2 (2021), Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+
Ted Lasso – Season 2 (2021), Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  Ted Lasso Season 2 (2020).

Ted Lasso, my favourite show of 2020; the one about an American football couch who moves to England to coach British football, all while having zero prior knowledge of the game has a brand new teaser trailer.

I can only imagine the pressure to make season two as wonderful as the first one. 2021 may not look quite as bleak as 2020 did, but at least we know that kindness and the need to always believe never go out of style. And so, I’m hoping for another great bunch of episodes that result in many more lifted spirits, smiles and maybe even some happy tears. Full disclosure, I absolutely cried during season one, more than twice!

Anyone else expecting/hoping for Lasso to get a viable love interest this season?

The cast for season 2 includes Jason Sudeikis, Juno Temple, Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Toheeb Jimoh, Nick Mohammed, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Billy Harris and more including some welcome new faces.

Ted Lasso – Season 2 Release Date: July 23rd, 2021, Apple TV+

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TED LASSO (2020): The Things I Liked…

Ted Lasso (2020), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+
Ted Lasso (2020), Hannah Waddingham, Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+

As a Jason Sudeikis fan, thanks largely to Horrible Bosses (2011) and We’re the Millers in 2013; I’m happy to report that his latest comedy series Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ has earned a place in my list of favourites of his works.

What makes Ted Lasso, the story of a US American Football coach, who arrives in the UK to manage a struggling London soccer team worth watching? Well, firstly, there’s the crazy premise that seems utterly ludicrous. Yet you find yourself wanting Lasso (Sudeikis) to succeed, regardless of his poor knowledge of soccer. Second, the truly wonderful cast and their great chemistry. Third, the good humour, editing and writing. Last but in no way least, everybody loves an underdog story. And Ted Lasso has more than one of those going on.

I know that we’re only three episodes in, out of ten, so far and with a new one scheduled each week. Nevertheless, let’s just say that already, I’ve had such a good time that by the end of episode three, my main thoughts were:

I feel robbed of my freedom to binge the entire season of Ted Lasso all at once. I mean, aren’t these especially challenging times? I need Lasso and all his goodness. That’s ALL of it, right away!’.

I’ll not be tuning in each week just for one twenty-minute episode. Instead, I’m aiming to wait seven long weeks; all so I can binge the last seven episodes all at once.

Watch Ted Lasso because of all the great reasons above and for Sedeikis’s character’s thoroughly adorable accent, plus his positive, thoughtful and generous disposition. I certainly do not know enough about the backstories of each character just yet, but I’m saying it anyway: ‘I think I’m in love with Ted Lasso!’.

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TED LASSO (2020): New Trailer Starring Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Stephen Manas, Colin Blyth…

Ted Lasso (2020), Jason Sudeikis, Apple TV+

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Ted Lasso (2020).

Jason Sudeikis, Stephen Manas, Hannah Waddingham and Colin Blyth are the stars of new Apple TV+ comedy miniseries Ted Lasso.

Sudeikis plays Lasso, a US American Football coach who arrives in the UK to manage a struggling London soccer team, in the top flight of English football.

I’m always happy to see Sudeikis on screen. I’m even extra happy because Ted Lasso is set in what looks to be a surprisingly sunny England. I say bring on all the Jokes at England’s expense, I love those!

Also, considering how very seriously the British take football, I’m intrigued about how a football manager who supposedly knows very little about the game actually got the job.

Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Bradley Wj Miller, Adam Colborne, Bronson Webb and Moe Jeudy-Lamour also star.

Ted Lasso Release Dates: August 14th, 2020 (US)…

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BOOKSMART (2019): The Things I Liked…

Booksmart (2019), Beanie Feldstein
Booksmart (2019), Beanie Feldstein

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart is a comedy set in high school, and one that focuses on two A students who spent so much time working hard that they forgot to party. Now that it’s the last night before graduation, they set about making up for precious lost time.

Starring Kaitlyn Devers, Beanie Feldstein, Jason Sudeikis and Noah Galvin, I think everyone generally performed well and Booksmart is a movie with some parts I really enjoyed. To my surprise though, more so than the comedy focused scenes between Feldstein and Dever, the moments that really commanded my attention were actually the more emotional / dramatic scenes. Scenes like the argument towards the end and the very last scene in the movie.

The funny moments that stood out most include all the ones that featured Sudeikis – even though he’s hardly in it. I especially appreciated the moment the Cardi B. reference happened. There’s also Galvin’s generally great comic timing, delivery and his potentially nightmare inducing rendition of Alanis Morrisette’s classic ‘You Oughtta Know.

The music, cool shooting and editing style, particularly the way the high school experience is captured is certainly memorable.

As for what I loved less about Booksmart, that would be the unfortunate slight cringe factor that stemmed from some scenes between Feldstein and Dever going on too long or coming across as too high energy and overdone. 

I say see it for yourself if you’re curious. It’s certainly highly hyped but there is some cleverness within.

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 (2019): New Trailer From Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Dove Cameron, Awkwafina…

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019), Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Angry Birds Movie 2 stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Dove Cameron, Awkwafina and Peter Dinklage.

Directed by Thurop Van Orman and John Rice, this time the cute, colourful flightless birds and the green devious piggies are taking their beef to the next level…

Teaser Trailer

Official Trailer

I’m ready for all the colours, fun and the cuteness.

Sterling K. Brown, Bill Hader, Brooklynn Prince, Rachel Bloom, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods and Danny McBride also star.

The Angry Birds 2 Release Dates: August 16th, 2019 (US); October 11th, 2019 (UK)…

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DOWNSIZING (2017): The Things I Liked…

Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon
Downsizing (2017), Matt Damon

Within a few minutes of starting to watch director / co-writer Alexander Payne’s comedy / drama, Downsizing, the thought ‘Oh, no… this  isn’t going to be ridiculous, is it?’ crossed my mind. Starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Jason Sudeikis, Downsizing is a social satire about a man who decides that he’d have a much better life if he were to shrink himself.

I definitely had a good time watching this movie. This is true even though the film didn’t really get properly exciting for me until it began to deliver on its ‘part-comedy’ categorisation promise; something that finally happens approximately thirty nine minutes in. Everything before that point is ‘kind of engaging’ but it felt slower than one might prefer.

I laughed a pleasing amount in the film and many of the wonderfully funny scenes featured Damon’s clueless Paul Safranek character. I found Paul particularly amusing because he seems to suffer from a kind of ‘blindness’ that I haven’t seen played / written quite as well as it is in this movie for a while. I laughed mostly at him and his apparent cluelessness in several situations.

Beside the memorable comedy performances, I enjoyed the sci-fi aspect of the story and how, knowing the challenges of modern life as well as I think I do, one might actually decide that shrinkage was a good idea.

As engaged as I was with the story as non-action movie, there were moments nearer the beginning where I couldn’t help but half expect Damon’s character to suddenly burst into action-movie-star mode and start running and punching. That didn’t quite happen here but I’m certainly not disappointed either. Though slow in parts, the humour – also delivered well by Waltz and Chau combined with the story plus the moving moments made sure I stayed in my seat.

I say give it a chance, you may just find it as laughter inducing (in parts) as I did.

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KODACHROME (2018): New Trailer From Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen, Jason Sudeikis, Bruce Greenwood…

Kodachrome (2018), Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen
Kodachrome (2018), Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen

Kodachrome is the story of an estranged father and son who are travelling to reach a Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.

Directed by Mark Raso; the film’s stars include Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen, Jason Sudeikis, Bruce Greenwood…

I thoroughly enjoy looking at great photography. As such, I’d definitely be more interested in this story if I knew I’d get to see all of the photos that made Harris’s character a successful photographer. Since that’s quite unlikely, I could probably settle for the promising cinematography this trailer hints at. There’s also the beautiful bass in Harris’s voice.

Dennis Haysbert, Gethin Anthony, Amanda Brugel and Humberly González also star

Kodachrome Release Dates: April 20th, 2018 (US)…

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