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Michael Douglas, Sarah Baker and Kathleen Turner in the final season of ‘The Kominsky Method’ (Eric Wolk / Netflix).
“The Kominsky Method” is often felt like an anti-sitcom sitcom, a Netflix series that proudly revels in Hollywood references, Originally built Around a pair of characters whose combined age was around 150. The show returns for a short final season, subtracting one of them, Alan Arkin, But provides a sweet, passionate gesture for Michael Douglas in the title role.
Douglas and Arkin both earned award nominations for the show (Douglas won a Golden Globe, a statue that isn’t as flashy these days), with the former as influential acting coach Sandy Kominski and the latter for his longtime Cast as agent and friend. , Norman Newlander.
Norman’s exit is logically explained, and his shadow hangs over the third season, which sees Sandy tackling new challenges and responsibilities, while rejoining his ex-wife Rose (Kathleen Turner) , Which amounts to an extended “Romancing the Stone” reunion. .
Sandy is also worried about the future of her daughter Mindy (Sarah Baker), who is heading to the altar with her much older boyfriend Martin (Paul Racer), a situation that Rose is more philosophically involved with than her ex Hugs you. For the colorful characters in acting class, success for one of Sandy’s students brings her into contact with Morgan Freeman, – in the Hollywood tradition like the best “entourage” – a proper jaundice version of herself, playing in a sensible spoof of TV games. Been pretending
Sitcom produced by Maestro Chuck lore (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon” and more), “Kominsky Method” clearly relishes its latitude in terms of risk language, sexual situations, and showbiz jokes, aimed at Hollywood hangout Musso and Frank in food. Is for the people doing.
However, the show’s real instigation has been its laser focus on the outrage of aging, a real indulgence in an industry that treats its elders harshly.
Driven by subscription, not advertising, Netflix has cleverly leveraged this – “Grace and Frankie” Being another season with senior-citizen stars – and jokes about little blue bullets share a place with lots of casual quarrels, in a city where the experience that comes from aging has no value.
Without giving anything away, Lore and not necessarily ride the sly mentality that informed the series all the way to the end. The result is a six-episode season that deals with friendships, grief, and loss that are alternately funny and poignant and, overall, satisfying, provide another strong performance for Douglas.
Whether that would translate into further acclaim – especially in this brief six-episode format – but for those who invested in the previous season, “The Kominsky Method” gets the curtain call it deserves.
The third season of ‘The Kominsky Methods’ will premiere on Netflix on May 28.