Charlie Sheen's Anger Management: Stud Or Dud?
"Like An Obnoxious Drunk Who's Not As Funny As He Thinks He Is"
In one of the trailers for Charlie Sheen's new sitcom Anger Management, the Tiger Blood-infused actor emerges unscathed from a massive explosion of trains. Unfortunately for Charlie, it's not the man people want to see. It's the train wreck.
Months after Sheen's bizarre spiral into drunken madness, the former Major League star says he is no longer crazy. Well, where's the fun in that?
Spinning off Jack Nicholson's role in the movie of the same name, Sheen plays Charlie, a therapist with unconventional methods for treating anger issues. An ex-pro baseball player, Charlie has anger problems of his own, and he's continually trying to work those out in the midst of a chaotic life at work and at home.
Selma Blair plays Charlie's own therapist (and on-again-off-again love interest), actress Shawnee Smith is his ex-wife who has a steady stream of deadbeat lovers, and Daniela Bobadilla is Emma, Charlie's 13 year-old OCD-stricken daughter.
Given Sheen's recent breakup with his goddesses and the dramatic departure from Two And A Half Men, you'd think he would come roaring back with something hilarious, right? Well, not exactly. Critics are already blasting the show as derivative, unfunny and devoid of any real personality.
Slate Magazine calls Anger Management "just another cynical cash-in that lamely tries to milk laughs from casual, unquestioned dehumanization."
Vulture writes, "The dialogue is so weak, the characters so thin, and Sheen's performance so uncommitted that Anger Management sleepwalks across the screen."
TV Guide, meanwhile, sounds like it expected something this lame from Sheen ... but not from FX.
"With its deafening laugh track and its banal barrage of gamy insult humor, it intrudes on FX's otherwise distinctive comedy lineup like an obnoxious drunk uncle who's not as funny as he thinks he is," the review said.
In other words, it sounds like Sheen was a lot funnier when he was on the brink of insanity. And while it remains to be seen if Anger Management will succeed, one thing's for certain: Chuck Lorre is laughing somewhere.
Catch Charlie's new show when it debuts this evening at 9 p.m. EST.