Spread it or ignore it?
Squeaky comedy, on television and in movies, has been around for decades. The Farrelly brothers have been making mint awkwardness and bodily fluids for 25 years, and Ricky Gervais rose to fame with the cringe-worthy classics Office and Supplements. Sally4Ever definitely fits into this category and takes resistance to new levels. But is it funny?
SALLY4EVER: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?
Opening shot: An a cappella quartet of middle-aged men sings a frightening version of “Faith”, while a woman sits in the audience with her parents. His mother asks if the singer has always been bald and if he has ever asked his daughter to marry him.
The essential: Sally (Catherine Shepherd) is the middle woman; She has been in a relationship with the bald singer of this group, David (Alex Macqueen), for almost a decade. She is so unhappy with him that she doesn’t even kiss him on the lips anymore. Suffice to say that the guy has a lot to deal with. He’s weird, to begin with: his ritual of cutting toenails borders on disgust. He’s sticky and has all the manhood of a sponge. When he tries to have sex with Sally and she refuses, he rubs one in the bathroom, loading her hands with lotion with the thoroughness of a surgeon who scrubs before surgery.
One night, David asks Sally to marry him. When she hesitates, he begs, cries, begs and cries again until she gives in and says, “Okay! He is ecstatic; he wants Sally to wear her mother’s old wedding dress, despite having stains on her mother’s “glands” (Ewww). She resigned herself to it all, thinking she couldn’t do better.
But the day before, she saw a sexy woman in the tube flirting with her, which touched her so much that she left the presentation she was giving at the marketing agency she works for. The next morning, she sees the woman, Emma (Julia Davis), handing out invitations to her singing performance at a local club. After the engagement, Sally gets up after David falls asleep, goes to the club, finds Emma, and has a crazy time with her, opening up desires that had been hidden for, well, basically for her entire life.
After David leaves on a business trip, Emma tells Sally that she needs a place to stay for the night. Sally agrees, leading to a night of sex Sally has never experienced before. It’s so intense that after David returns, she breaks up with him.
Our opinion : Julia Davis not only plays in Sally4Ever, but she also created, wrote and directed the series. And the first episode has some hilarious moments, even if you sometimes laugh and say, “Oh, man! They went there, didn’t they? at the same time. It’s comedy at its best, and if you’re ready to see gags that involve masturbation, butt plugs, used tampons, and David’s complete and utter lack of testicles.
Davis takes the kind of disengaged woman and turns it over his ear. She not only gives Sally, at this point a somewhat smiley individual who can’t seem to stand up for herself, a way to uncover herself, but she does so against the backdrop of one of the strangest relationships on television. David is just weird, to the point that it’s a shock that a woman has agreed to sleep with him, let alone build a long-term relationship with him. Macqueen plays David’s extreme whims to the end; he’s a guy who thinks pretending to attack and rape Sally is just ‘mixing things up’. And Davis also plays the sexy libertine to the hilt. And we know that the more Sally gets into a relationship with Emma instead of just having a fling, the more problems will arise.
Gender and skin: So many shots of Emma and Sally rubbing against each other during their night of passion.
Starting shot: After Sally breaks up with him, David cries in the wedding dress and takes a deep breath, not knowing what is attached to it. Ewwwwww. But really funny.
Sleeper Star: We haven’t talked about the nuts at Sally’s workplace yet. It looks like she and her boyfriend Nigel (Julian Barratt) have a relationship that we’ll find out about later. But we really want to know more about the shy Elanor (Felicity Montagu) who has no problem talking about hard boiled eggs that make her breasts bigger and is quite open about how she got into the wheelchair than She uses.
Most pilot line: During the edit where we see Sally and Emma having sex, we also see David in his hotel, flossing extreme, painting a picture of Sally, doing an embroidery project with Sally’s name in a heart, and then get on the ground when his cookie dissolves in his tea. It ranges from silly to absurd to pathetic, and it actively prompts us to want Sally to empty David’s ass, even if Emma isn’t exactly the more stable choice.
Our call: Stream it. If you like squeaky comedy then Sally4Ever is the best in this category since Ricky Gervais ran HBO in the mid-years.
Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting and tech, but he’s not kidding himself: he’s a TV junkie. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Salon, VanityFair.com, Playboy.com, Fast Company’s Co.Create and elsewhere.