Sunday, May 12, 2013

Review: Family Tree

Christopher Guest's Mockumentary is Funny and Sweet (When It's Not Crude)
Wall Street Journal

Fans of writer-director-actor Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, such as Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind, will find much to enjoy in his new comedy series for HBO. Family Tree (Sunday, 10:30pm) follows the quest of down-on-his luck London resident Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd) as he researches his ancestry and discovers roots that extend in some unexpected and not always glamorous directions.

Tom's quest—which begins over four episodes in the U.K. and then takes him to the U.S.—is told in classic mockumentary style, with Tom and other characters occasionally talking to the camera to supply information we might not otherwise glean from the fly-on-the wall reality-show-style filming.

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