According to Jim
According to Jim
TV-PG | 03 October 2001 (USA)
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  • Reviews
    Lucia Ayala

    It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.

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    Rosie Searle

    It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.

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    The movie really just wants to entertain people.

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    It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.

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    M Weiss

    According to Jim is one of the worst television sitcoms of all time. Actually that doesn't quite go far enough, According to Jim is one of the worst things ever televised period. I have no idea and even if someone from ABC sat me down and walked me through their entire decision making process I'll never understand how a show this bad could possibly be put on television.Jim Belushi is someone I have thought was OK in movies before but he is so completely dreadfully mind numbingly insanely awful in this I couldn't stand watching him for one more torturous second. He plays such an over the top buffoon and seriously we're supposed to believe he married a babe? The writing is pathetic. Week after week the exact same situation plays out. Jim isn't supposed to do something, but he does it anyway, then he and his even more pathetic neighbour friend try to hide that he did it from his wife, then she finds out, then for some reason she forgives him instead of beating his damn head in with a frying pan.It defies logic that anyone can watch this dog's breakfast of a TV show and actually call it any kind of entertainment. This show is evidence of how far western civilization has fallen, that we are dumbed down so much that this show was actually getting enough viewers to come back for eight years and was called a hit! According to Jim was total garbage.We used to have John Belushi and now we're stuck with Jim. People shouldn't be OK with that.

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    I've done my fair share of slagging American sit-coms on this site, but you know what? I like this one.I'm not even quite sure why, because it's pretty formulaic - slob husband, naggy wife, loser friend (male), harpy friend (female) - but somehow it manages to keep sight of the fact that the idea is to make people laugh, not preach at them. Oh, and the kids are kept largely offstage; something I wish more shows would remember to do.I guess it's because I like Jim Belushi. OK, he's playing the same character that made him money in movies like K-9 and Red Heat but hell, he's good at it, so why not? Added to that is the fact that, as far as I'm concerned, Courtney Thorne-Smith will be a babe until she's 90, and she's not a half-bad comedienne either; and the sparks they knock off each other as a modern-day Beatrice and Benedict are done with obvious relish and provide a lot of laughs.It's not quite up to the standard of MWC at its height, or indeed the best of British; but I'm glad we're getting re-runs here in Belgium, and I usually try to watch it if I'm in.8/10

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    You need to watch this show once to have seen them all, the formula is exactly the same in each episode. Jim does something his way he means well but he upsets his wife, at the end she finds out that what he did was really for her, she caresses his cheek and gives a gummy smile while he looks on bashfully. In fact the story lines are so lame and formulaic that I'll take a stab at one now.Episode 'Valentines Pay'Jims wife notices that all of Jims weekly pay has disappeared, he then explains to her he lost it at the casino. She screams and leaves the house lamenting how awful he is. Then on Valentines day he turns up in a limo with tickets to a Ball (hence explaining the missing wages). She realizes 'Her' mistake and the usual 'Oh Jim, you're so lovely'. ..The endAnother very obvious item is the fact that Jims character is based on Homer Simpson who as a cartoon character can get away with being belligerent and ignorant, when this is attempted with Human beings it does not work and Jim just comes over as an arrogant self centered jerk. IMO the only reason that this is successful is simply because we're so many now in terms of Human beings with TVs, these days you could make a show about a man who insulates walls and you'd get an audience.'Two and a half men' on the other hand is fantastic and hilarious.

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    All the funny things happening in this sitcom is based on the main character Jim being either a bad father, a bad husband or generally just enormously selfish. How can that be funny? Of course a character in a sitcom has to be flawed, but Jim's character is flawed in an extremely unsympathetic manner.And why it that? My guess is that it's because "he should now better". Jim's not a stupid guy, he can take care of things and he's got the opportunities to do so. But he chooses not to. It's a conscious choice he makes, when he chooses to not play with his kids, not go shopping because he doesn't want to buy "lady products" and it's a choice he makes, when he puts down his relatives.The other characters seems to only be in the series so Jim can have someone to be a jerk to. If the Cheryl character was a real person, she would have left him years ago, and not stay with the deadbeat for 8 years. But alas, she's just a catalyst for Jim's quirky middle-class extreme selfishness.

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