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'Tiny Beautiful Things' Review: Katherine Hahn on Hulu's Mobile Cheryl Lost Adaptation

Time slips in a funny way Tiny Beautiful Things, adapted by Liz Tigelaar A collection of essays by Cheryl Strayed. When 45 year old Claire(Kathryn Hahn) Throwing back to the bad habits of her youth and glimpses of her -year-old self( Sarah Pidgeon in the rearview mirror. When her husband Danny (Quentin Plair) reaches out to protracted rough terrain, she briefly sees him no longer the jaded middle-aged man he is now, but full of hope The man 22 he was at the beginning of their romance (Ste Vonté Hart).

This is not time travel in the DeLorean sense; Tiny Beautiful Things are firmly rooted in the real world, according to our For all you know, temporality only moves one way. But Switcher brings to life the franchise’s particular brand of empathy—an insistence on admiring its characters not just for who they are now, but for all of them who came before, and perhaps still do to some degree. With all the weight of time behind it, the show ultimately packs a bigger emotional punch than its deceptively simple premise or slim would suggest. Minutes of episode runtime.

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Bottom line A wholehearted tear gas canister.

Air Date: Friday, April 7th (Hulu) Throwing: Kathryn Hahn, Sarah Pidgeon, Quentin Plair, Tanzyn Crawford, Merritt Wever, Owen Painter, Michaela Watkins, Elizabeth Hinkler creation By: Liz Tigral

Today’s narrative unfolds in a linear fashion, at first glance not unlike any other recent Hulu half-hour show about messy women grappling with past trauma, a la 1235335687UnPrisoned or Life & Beth

. (1235104527 Movie Wild, also based on the life of Strayed , actually the closest comparison.) The Claire we first meet in the pilot is a train wreck: reckless, erratic and quick to declare that it’s not her Danny kicked her out of their home after she drained her teenage daughter’s college fund.

Then, amidst this chaos, came an unlikely lifeline in the form of “Dear Sugar,” an advice column she was recruited to take on. Despite the “shit show” of her current life, Claire finds herself thriving as a writer for the first time in years, dishing out responses that ponder the nature of faith, the impossibility of certainty, and the importance of love.

While the plethora of voiceovers can feel like cheating in some literary adaptations, Hahn’s poignant delivery makes the most of Clare’s wholehearted prose, much of it taken from Strayed Dear Sugar column. Even before we get a chance to warm up to Claire herself, or click on the show’s combination of razor-sharp eye clarity and unabashed emotion, the words have power. Hahn plays Claire with the fearlessness of an actor who knows the material is strong enough not to need to beg for love, and her faith is handsomely rewarded a few chapters later. As the series digs deeper into Claire’s ragged edges, it’s impossible not to feel for the wounded soul underneath.

Scattered flashbacks reveal precious and painful memories hidden in Claire’s troubled present: the dilapidated but comfortable home, the abusive relationship with her barely present father, The close bond and love of her younger brother Lucas (Owen Painter) and mother Frankie (Merritt Weaver), at the heart of it all, is her love in died of cancer disrupted the focus of Claire’s life. In 22, Claire is arguing with her daughter Rae (Tanzyn Crawford). yelled that if she died tomorrow, Rae would never forgive herself for saying such hurtful things. For Rae, it’s a typical overwrought reaction of a mother who seems to be increasingly deranged. For us, having just seen the devastating scene of young Claire and Lucas getting ready for their mother’s funeral, it reads as a panicked expression of Claire’s deepest regret.

That )Tiny Beautiful Things proved to be a tearjerker unsurprisingly, and in eight episodes The emotions intensify during the seasons. If the second episode is good for the lump in the throat as Frankie and young Claire discuss their dwindling amount of time together, the finale triggers a full-blown ugly cry over Frankie’s inevitable death Voice. What’s less unexpected, however, is how much of the series’ emotion is rooted in more mundane moments.

Especially Frankie, she speaks so softly that it almost hurts to listen to it – although the series makes her an almost holy figure is one of its Minor flaws, we’ll never cover her maternal love with enough hurt and worry to make her feel like a believable human being. Claire, on the other hand, has an easy comedic chemistry with her bestie Amy (Mikaela Watkins), which leads to some of the show’s best moments. When Claire insists to Amy that she didn’t really cheat on Danny with the Uber driver the night before because they didn’t technically have sex, Amy’s automatic, deadpan, “Okay, great. So why are you here?” says a lot about the well-worn dynamic between them.

As the name suggests, Tiny Beautiful Things has a keen eye for detail. The series has a knack for focusing on moments that are too weird or too specific to feel like anything other than lived experience. Some are heartbreaking, like Claire and Lucas’ altercation with a shamed funeral home assistant, who is forced to explain that if they want to open the casket, they’re required by law to find a pair of underwear for their mother’s body.

Its appetite for mercy and grace is greater than its appetite for pain. In the premiere, Claire, before becoming Sugar, emotionally responds to Old Sugar’s post about her recent loss. “I hope that after your sister dies, you will be able to do something that I did not. Create something into her life. Make it beautiful,” she wrote. “Then, please tell me how you did it.” But sugar doesn’t need it. Tiny Beautiful Things The rest of it is Clare figuring out how to do it for herself, bittersweet at a time.



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