Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tart Commentary from Anchorage, Alaska

On the trend of boomerang-themed TV and movies like "Failure to Launch," and the new "Free Ride."

Unlike the real-life 20- and 30-somethings documented in Draut and Kamanetz’s books, Nate, Amber and Mark do not suffer from the machinations of greedy, government-subsidized lending corporations, decreased job opportunities and wage buying-power. They do not lament college tuition’s inverse relationship with the dwindling amount of federal aid made available each year to students.

In “Free Ride,” the men of the boomerang generation suffer only from a lack of character and self-sabotage...

As with many other recent television series that purported to reach out to our demographic but insulted our characters and our intelligence instead, it’s hard to decide whether “Free Ride” is more deplorable because it’s so offensive or because it’s so lame.

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