Chuck: properly farsical

November 15th, 2008

A lot of really bad "comedy" movies have been made to portray the despair of suburbia. People whose lives revolve around work in a big supermarket or other chain, empty most of the time, so they try to find something, anything, to distract themselves from the daily routine.

The premise for Chuck is the same. He's a geek, he has a pity-friend geekier than him. He works at a big electronics chain. And he has a "normal" sister who wants him to be "normal".

Then it happens. His old college buddy, a CIA agent gone rogue, sends him a message containing every government secret he's stolen in his "rogueness". Chuck somehow absorbs the whole thing, the computer breaks, and now he's the only one with the secrets. Except he's still the geeky suburbia guy, so two agents from competing agencies show up to make sure nothing "happens" to him. Needless to say, he cannot divulge anything to his sister or his friend, so he has to pretend like nothing has changed. The agents, in turn, get jobs near him and have to fit into the suburban landscape.

You're probably thinking "with a premise like that it could so easily suck". And I'm with you. But it doesn't. Chuck is pretty good in his role, and the whole spying thing is sufficiently farsical to be funny, but not so overdone that it's stupid.

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