Sep 20, 2012


I'm all for talented people exploring other ways of expressing themselves, but the sad truth is that if you are a witty writer, it does not necessarily mean you can be a great comedy actress as well. This is the issue with The Mindy Project (Fox): the dialogues and jokes are rather funny, and Mindy Kaling must be great at writing, but she is not Tina Fey she's often compared to; that is because Tina can really act and her Liz Lemon does not look like a secondary character even as she's standing next to brilliant Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock. Mindy unfortunately has acting talent of John Stewart (i.e. close to none), so the sooner she realizes that and focuses on what she can actually do well, the better.

The main character of the story is Mindy Lahiri an OB/GYN doctor who was (still is) obsessed with romantic movies as she was growing up, and has not realized yet that what happens in real life is different from what scriptwriters have in their beautiful minds. This naturally leaves her being a mess with troubled love life and a drinking problem. She tries to become more organized, focused and vegetarian, but from what I've seen so far, it won't be an easy task.

Everybody, meet Mindy Lahiri!
Most of the secondary characters are boring and their only task is to fetch out Mindy's personality. Except for maybe Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), at least he seems to have more lines than the others.

To sum up, this could have been a good show, if Kaling got someone else to play the part. On the other hand, comedy premiers this Fall are somewhat dull, so if we isolate it from Modern Family, Up All Night, Don't Trust the B-- from Ap. 23 and even 2 Broke Girls, which will return on TV shortly, it's really not that bad: there are a few jokes you can giggle at.

Score: 5/10

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