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No Such Thing As Normal Featurette: Atypical!

Atypical – Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist) – Photo by Brian Marcus/Courtesy of Netflix).

Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist, United States of Tara) is an 18-year old on the autism spectrum. He’s decided it’s time to find go on a date, find a girlfriend and fall in love.

As a result, his mother, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hateful Eight, Anomalisa) finds herself on her own life-changing path – and the family (father Doug and sister Casey) are going to have to make some adjustments.

This new featurette from Netflix features creator Robia Rashid and the cast – as well as some new footage from the show. Season one of Atypical will premiere on Netflix on Friday, August 11th.

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Practice Makes Better Trailer: Atypical!

Sam (Keir Gilchrist, United States of Tara) is an 18-year old on the autism spectrum. He’s decided it’s time to find go on a date, find a girlfriend and fall in love.

As a result, his mother, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hateful Eight, Anomalisa) finds herself on her own life-changing path – and the family (father Doug and sister Casey) are going to have to make some adjustments.

Season one of Atypical will premiere on Netflix on Friday, August 11th.

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Hopeful Trailer: Atypical!

Atypical – Sam (Keir Gilchrist) – Photo by Brian Marcus/Courtesy of Netflix.

Sam (Keir Gilchrist, United States of Tara) is an 18-year old on the autism spectrum. He’s decided it’s time to find go on a date, find a girlfriend and fall in love.

As a result, his mother, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hateful Eight, Anomalisa) finds herself on her own life-changing path – and the family (father Doug and sister Casey) are going to have to make some adjustments.

Season one of Atypical will premiere on Netflix on Friday, August 11th.

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Just Plain Wrong Trailer: The Stanford Prison Experiment!

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It started out as a simple college behavioral study but became all too real. Check out the first trailer for IFC Films’ The Stanford Prison Experiment following the jump.

The Stanford Prison Experiment will be in theaters on July 17th and VOD on July 24th.

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TELEVISION: The United States of Tara Takes a Unique Approach to Dissociative Identity Disorder!

Tara Gregson [Toni Collette] is a struggling artist/designer with a charming husband, Max [John Corbett] and two kids – studious Marshall [Kier Gilchrist] and uber-brat Kate [Brie Larson]. She also has three more personalities [slutty teen, T; macho redneck Buck, and super Betty Crocker, Alice – and a sister, Charmaine [Rosemarie DeWitt] who thinks she’s faking [“that’s not even a real disease,” she tells Max after an early incident]. Fortunately, Max is a little more open minded than she is – though the exchange does basically set up two schools of thought on DID. The United States of Tara [Showtime, Sundays, 10/9C] is yet another reason that Showtime is sometimes referred to as “the new HBO.”

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UST was created by Steven Spielberg and developed by Diablo Cody – which as likely a combination as Juno and Paulie from Cody’s first film, and turns out to be as an unexpectedly good one. It takes a lot of nerve to tackle DID in the manner of UST – the premise is that Tara has gone of her meds with the approval of her family and therapist in the hope that the appearance and behaviour of her alter-egos might lead to the discovery of the events that led her to develop them in the first place. Not the simplest premise, and one that probably be watched closely by mental health professionals and families of DID victims.

From the moment we meet each of Tara’s “alters,” it becomes apparent that Cody is playing for keeps. There moments with each alter that reach almost profound levels of accuracy – and the humor that arises from these situations ranges from dark to light to dark again. In most instances, the humor is used to relieve the impact of the drama, as when Alice takes umbrage with Kate’s attitude and language in the third ep, Aftermath [in which the family attempts to clean up after the damage T and Buck caused in the first two eps.

The United States of Tara is not an easy show to watch, but despite it flaws [the children are woefully underdeveloped and it’s a tribute to Gilchrist and Larson that they have any presence at all], it is smart and refuses to take it easy on its audience. There are moments that are genuinely raw – that will definitely have an impact on you – and moments that leave you rolling with laughter [and you might feel guilty only about half the time].

The United States of Tara will make you think and feel – and isn’t that what the best television should do?

Final Grade: B+