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  • Summary: Josh (Chris Gethard) returns to his hometown of Big Lake, Pennsylvania, after losing his bank job in this Adam McKay/Will Ferrell-produced comedy, which also stars Saturday Night Live's Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. 75
    Oh, no--can it really be an other sitcom about a grown son moving back home after failing big time in the big city? Yes. But not, "oh, no."
  2. I might not believe for a moment that any of these people actually exist in nature, much less Pennsylvania, but Big Lake, with its wink and a nod to a format that always required suspension of disbelief, is at least more than willing to own its silliness.
  3. Their [Gethard and Parnell] interplay, once things get moving, is appealing, if not quite compelling, but what sold me on the pilot was the moment when 14-year-old Dylan Blue, as Gethard's beyond-the-law kid brother, revealed his dark side, and his gun; I was a little frightened.
  4. It just plays like strung-together sketch comedy, working much harder for fewer rewards than if it added a little depth to the characters.
  5. Broadly limned, Big Lake works neither as a satire--and it stops trying after the delivery of Josh's back story--nor as an adventure in surrealist comedy, and it is tough to watch the strain for eccentricity.
  6. 30
    It's just a flat traditional sitcom built around lazy, repetitive jokes and audience cackles. It's just bad.
  7. With this much bad acting and writing, this body of water should be declared a Superfund site.

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