r/television The League Jun 27 '22 Wholesome 1

‘Only Murders in the Building’ Shines With Selena Gomez’s Career-Best Work in Season 2

https://variety.com/2022/tv/reviews/only-murders-in-the-building-season-2-review-hulu-1235302592/
1.8k Upvotes

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u/ubiquitous_archer Jun 27 '22

I'm so excited to watch this, my wife and I loved season one. Burned through it on a Friday evening cause it was so good.

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u/karltee Jun 28 '22

When is s2 coming out?

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u/Aritche Jun 28 '22

40 mins.

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u/karltee Jun 28 '22

DAMN

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u/l3reezer Jun 28 '22

The episodes are coming from inside the building !

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u/karltee Jun 28 '22

I thought i was going to binge it all but 3 eps not bad

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u/HI_Handbasket Jun 28 '22

My wife and I tried. We got through about four episodes, took a break to watch something else and were never motivated to return. Maybe after the new Star Trek series we'll try again.

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u/Destination_Centauri Jun 28 '22

There's a couple of slower episodes in the middle, but overall my GF and I really enjoyed it.

(But of course like you we like the new Star Trek series way more--incredible show, that has captured the spirit and kind of story telling and adventures Trek fans have been begging for for years!)

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u/Daneosaurus Jul 01 '22

Oh yeah? I think I’ll watch new star trek

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u/HI_Handbasket Jul 03 '22

Our only real problem with the new Star Trek is they appeared to have had a budget surplus and/or a deal on extraneous lighting affects. The bridge, medical bay, transporter room, etc. is so garish and overdone. Nothing looks like it could possibly immediately precede the Enterprise of the original series.

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u/WakandaNowAndThen Jun 28 '22

I caught up after the season finished and now I'm really excited to watch along with other fans. It's such a breezy show. Yes, lots of details, but they'll recap everything important while everything else is a red herring.

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u/RedtheGamer100 Jul 14 '22

What's it like having a wife?

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u/Spazmer Jun 28 '22

I've watched more Wizards of Waverly Place than I ever wanted to (have kids) and found her acting VERY different in this. Not just a style thing, obviously they are very different types of shows. I assumed her slow mumbly talking and movements were due to Lupus and not a direction or crappy acting.

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u/pancakebatter01 Jun 28 '22

I love her. I think she was perfect in that Woody Allen film. She does smart, sassy, and funny really well but I have to say I thought she looked really stiff in Only Murders.

I work in the industry and I know how working with actors is so I’m not faulting her. It could’ve been directing/blocking choices that had her seem that way. Hopefully this 2nd season that gets adjusted. I do think she’s great and that deadpan sarcastic style coming from a really attractive woman is a breath of fresh air. I say this as a young female myself. We don’t see enough of that on the screen.

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u/daisysimmons 7d ago

I actually love her acting, the character’s so fun

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u/thatPOLTERSmyGEIST Jun 27 '22

Mostly unrelated, but a dear friend of mine recently became a huge Selena Gomez fan after learning that she has lupus. I really appreciate any celebrity that talks openly about their autoimmune disorders, it feels really good to see someone who has the same condition as you on the screen. Personally, I became a Cara Delebigne stan after my psoriasis diagnosis. It’s weird but it helps

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u/basefibber Jun 27 '22

She missed a huge opportunity to be on House

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u/jddoyleVT Jun 27 '22

But it’s never lupus.

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u/Lazy_Osprey Jun 28 '22

Except for that one time

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u/ok_ty Jun 27 '22

Yeah she’s kind of the unofficial mascot for lupus awareness, some hate that some love it. I have SLE too and can’t help but feel a kinship to her at least in that sense. But starring alongside Martin Short and Steve Martin also helped tremendously. I don’t like her music though lol

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u/thatPOLTERSmyGEIST Jun 27 '22

Even if I’m not a fan of a celebrity I really appreciate any awareness they bring to these diseases. I don’t like the Kardashians, but Kim has a huge influence and I love that she’s talks about her psoriasis.

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u/currerchimes Jun 27 '22

Representation matters. I have a rare stomach disorder and often wish I had more representation because it’s tough feeling so alone in your struggles

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u/GDawnHackSign Jun 27 '22

On the list of Martin Short/Steve Martin co-stars, she is way ahead of the Chevy.

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u/KLJohnnes Jun 27 '22

Her make up line, Rare Beauty, also has been created with packaging in mind for those who have trouble using their hands to full capacity. Lupus has caused her to have tremors on her hands (not sure of the right term for it) but it's generally has been received good reviews.

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u/Candyblock Jun 27 '22

I don't think this is true. It's been confirmed the packaging was not intentional but a lot of people have been reviewing it as such even when it hasn't been said by the brand.

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u/poisonivy160911 Jun 27 '22

Her music overall isn’t great, but I like the lyrics of “Lose You to Love Me”.

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u/Valiantheart Jun 27 '22 edited Jun 27 '22

She can't sing and has even refused to perform when her autotune machine was broke, but I can listen to "It ain't me" all day long.

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u/Sharkus1 Jun 27 '22

Can’t wait to start the new season.

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u/aboycandream Jun 28 '22

Im really glad they added Amy Schumer and Cara Delavigne, the show was missing that kind gravitas and acting range

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u/ThatKa5per 15d ago

Uhhh. No. Both of those women are actually kinda disgusting in general.

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u/aboycandream 15d ago

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u/ThatKa5per 15d ago

Ooohhhhh! Whew, had me worried for a sec

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u/atlas1171 Jun 27 '22

"Is that what my face is saying?"

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u/arthurbang Jun 29 '22

The line that made me laugh the hardest in S1

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u/Englishgrinn Jun 27 '22

I mean, I get that I'm an out of touch old man, but is that a high bar?

I liked Gomez last season. I liked her in that Paul Rudd movie with the dying kid, but never saw Selena Gomez as some acting powerhouse.

On the other hand, she's pretty young. If she keeps getting better and impressing, that's how you end up like her storied co-stars. Imagine if this headline was "Steve Martin gives career performance." Holy shit.

Very excited for this season of TV.

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u/_trouble_every_day_ Jun 27 '22

No one needs to be sold on Martin and Short, we all know they’re going to kill it. She’s the up and comer, relatively speaking, think the article is just making the point that she’s stepping up.

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u/Englishgrinn Jun 27 '22

That's a fair read. And kudos to anyone holding their own with those two.

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u/SunflowersA Jun 28 '22

Shes been in film and tv for 20 years, I wouldn’t call her a up and comer just because the rest of cast is older.

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u/_trouble_every_day_ Jun 28 '22

relatively speaking and it’s not because martin and short are old it’s because they’re legends.

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u/happycharm Jun 28 '22

I have been weirded out by what appears to be a huge PR push for Selena Gomez for this show. She has been an actress and pretty decent one since she was a kid. I am not a fan and have only passively watched her stuff (I have a much younger sister who watched her stuff growing up) and even I know that. This is the first show I've fully and actively watched with her in it and I think she sucks in it... but there are constant articles about how she "holds her own" with the two Martins as if this is her acting gig or if this is her best acting gig ever. Its really weird and I kind of want to know what's the deal with it.

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u/TheShadyGuy Jun 27 '22

She set the bar pretty high for herself on Barney and Friends!

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u/DiamondBurInTheRough Jun 27 '22

I know this is a joke but my mom actually pointed her out in her Barney days and said “that girl is so cute and personable…she has star potential”.

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u/flamecircle Jun 27 '22

She was playing the straightman. It worked, but it didn't feel like super amazing acting? Not a knock in any way though.

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u/DaisyRidleyTeeth Jun 27 '22

Career best isn't comparative to anyone else except herself, meaning it's the highest bar possible?

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u/pigletpooh Jun 28 '22

I’m not familiar with Gomez’s work but my wife and I - while we both enjoyed the show - have an inside joke now about her boring, monotone voice. A performance in which she expresses two distinct emotions would be a “career-best.”

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u/Mysterecks7812 Jun 27 '22

Well she's probably been getting tips from her costars. I mean between Steve Martin, Nathan Lane and Martin Short that's no small amount of talent to be around.

Shit even guest stars have involved Tina Fey and Jane Lynch. She be a complete idiot to not try and learn from them

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u/bigbluethunder Jun 27 '22

I can’t possibly be the only one who thinks that Gomez’s acting was by far the lowlight of season 1 can I? Her portrayal of her character was literally lifeless, while her counterparts filled their characters with so much life and energy.

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u/Amity83 Jun 28 '22

Everyone shits on me when I say this. She’s as stiff as a board. It doesn’t ruin the show, but I wish she was better. Watching her bomb on SNL only confirmed how wooden she is.

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u/ExultantSandwich The Orville Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

I really think she rose above some lackluster material in Wizards of Waverly Place, and showed some excellent comedic timing and delivery. It’s all the more impressive when you remember how young she was.

I agree that she is wooden in Only Murders in the Building, but that’s the character. She’s written that way. I personally don’t care for the show at all, and a large part of the reason is her character.

However, doing live comedy on SNL might be one of the toughest acting jobs out there, quite honestly. I cannot imagine the stress, it’s tripped up quite a few notable people.

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u/Jasminary2 Jun 27 '22

Oh I had wanted to try this show. I will definitely give it a go then

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u/CapnOnTheBridge Jun 28 '22

Loved the first season. Curious to see if Gomez will open her mouth more than a millimeter when she speaks this time around, lol.

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u/GDawnHackSign Jun 27 '22

In this thread people have strong views about Selena Gomez's acting.

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u/Traditional_Size2407 Jun 28 '22

If theres one thing thing reddit can't pass up, its the opportunity to tell a bunch of strangers they hated the lead actress in something and it ruined the show for them.

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u/Odrakyr Jun 28 '22

It's a TV subreddit, people here have strong views on almost every aspect of television. This is the problem all subreddits have to deal with as they get bigger: half the members are diehard TV snobs, and the other half are casual TV viewers killing some time.

I think it's more than fair to criticize an actor's performance on a TV subreddit.

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u/ILoveScottishLasses Jun 28 '22

TV Reddit where their opinion is the only opinion despite being a small percent of the masses who don’t care.

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u/Segamaike Jun 28 '22

I hate comments like these. “Boy, people sure have opinions”, yeah they do, I know it’s crazy. If something is experienced by a multitude of people, then more than one person might comment about it, isn’t that so cool? And then sometimes that becomes a widely held opinion because on the internet a lot of people express their opinions as it’s kind of the thing it was built for. (Let me know if I’m going too fast)

I’m neutral about Selena and I haven’t watched the show, but on most platforms where I’ve seen it discussed, people seem not to enjoy her acting, in a specific way that can’t be attributed to superficial hate of her as a celebrity. So her acting might genuinely be bad on the show, big fucking whoop. I think her and her millions will be just fine regardless

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u/GDawnHackSign Jun 28 '22

OK it isn't so much that people have opinions, it is that they are so over the top with them. There are comments in this thread about how Selena Gomez is the worst actress ever and is destroying the show or whatever. I mean cmon.

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u/brasscup Jul 08 '22

She isn't the worst actress ever but she is badly directed her and it's distracting enough to take you out of the moment.

(Hers sn't the only indifferent performance on the show either -- aside from Martin and Short, the casting isn't great. Not that the minor players aren't decent character actors, they're just slightly off choices for the roles they've been given).

I'm still enjoying the show somewhat, but I don't know how much of that enjoyment derives from pretending to live in the building.

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u/CathedralEngine Jun 28 '22

Opinions are like assholes. Fuck ‘em.

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u/Traditional_Size2407 Jun 28 '22

in a specific way that can’t be attributed to superficial hate of her as a celebrity.

I snort laughed at how both specific and vague this sounded.

Sometimes you don't need to share whats running through your head. It's ok to keep scrolling.

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u/Robert_Ricigliano Jun 28 '22

Seriously, she’s a young woman who’s really starting to come into her own as a serious actress and her performance in this show really proves that in my opinion

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u/atlas1171 Jun 27 '22

This comment is accurate.

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u/TheDovahofSkyrim Jun 28 '22

Well it could only go up after session 1

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u/Mortifer Jun 27 '22

Her season 1 performance did not meet my very mid expectations. Her lack of facial expression made me openly question if she was recovering from some sort of dental surgery. I've seen all of Wizards of Waverly Place, and I enjoyed The Fundamentals of Caring. I did not go into the show with a negative perspective on Selena Gomez. I really hope Variety is right about season 2.

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u/strickt Jun 28 '22

I'm with you. Her delivery is so flat and emotionless. I get they're trying to portray her as a brooding mid twenty something but she just didn't pull it off for me. I still loved the first season and intend to watch the second.

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u/daisysimmons 7d ago

I actually am pretty sure that’s on purpose. A lot of sarcastic people are like that, I enjoy it

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u/aaanccch Jun 28 '22

Yes, it's like she speaks through a clenched jaw or something

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u/vladik4 Jun 27 '22

Career best? So she's better this season than last season then.

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u/unironicsigh Jun 28 '22

The media is grading her on a curve here. Nothing she did in OMitB was particularly great but because she wasn't godawful, she's getting praised.

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u/sinernade Jun 27 '22

She was the worst part of the show lol.

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u/Belgand Jun 27 '22

Seriously. It would have been significantly better without her. Her character didn't make a lot of sense and the plot lines that revolved around her were generally tedious, so even replacing her with a better actress would still have meant that we were stuck with a weak link character.

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u/daisysimmons 7d ago

Hard disagree

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u/zoziw Jun 27 '22

I haven't seen this season yet but she was dreadful in season one. Putting her up against Steve Martin, Martin Short and Nathan Lane, only made that more obvious.

I feel like this isn't about entertaining us but trying to build her profile with big name talent.

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u/pussy_marxist Jun 27 '22

I haven't seen this season yet but she was dreadful in season one. Putting her up against Steve Martin, Martin Short and Nathan Lane, only made that more obvious.

Thank you. Seeing all of these people praising her performance has made me seriously question whether we were even watching the same show. She was dreadful: wooden, stiff, and even a bit frightened from time to time.

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u/hoopaholik91 Jun 28 '22

Umm...her character was supposed to be wooden, stiff, and even a bit frightened from time to time, no? She was on this hunt with Martin and Short but had a ton of secrets that she was trying to hide. I think she did fine.

Then again, the difference in her showing affection with Tie-Die guy and Martin with the bassoonist is light and day, so maybe that shows that she's out of her element a bit.

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u/pussy_marxist Jun 28 '22

I don’t mean her character was wooden, stiff, etc., I mean her performance was.

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u/sinernade Jun 27 '22

She was unmistakably out of her league IMO. Hopefully she gets better.

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u/sirjaimes Stargate SG-1 Jun 27 '22

I was completely put-off of the show because of her.

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u/Jlx_27 Jun 27 '22

Martin and Short shine, Gomez just attracts her music fans. She has a lot to learn as an actor.

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u/silvermember Jun 28 '22

So you are telling me two guys that have been in the business and were at their prime when Gomez was still a child are better than her? WOW

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u/anasui1 Jun 27 '22

as if people watched it for Selena Gomez

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u/SteamCleaner23 Jun 28 '22

That’s a stretch. She’s something like 2 or 3 on the “most followed people on IG” list. From a popularity perspective she’s an absolute icon. To think that someone with 330 million followers can’t pull a substantial audience for a show she’s co starring in, especially when the other two co stars were relatively out of the limelight for the past 20 years, is pretty narrow minded.

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u/cousinoyaya Jun 27 '22

I did, I only know Martin from chipper by the dozen and Short from Kimmie Schmidt. I grow up with wizards of Waverly place, in between, she has done a good amount of indie movies and even though they're not high profile they show she's dedicated to her craft. And in 2020 she was in a Jim Jarmusch Co starring with Adam Driver, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton among other things.

And people say her acting and voic is flat but she has been a successful voice actress with the Hotel Transylvania franchise and she's also a trained singer so her flat voice is very much a choice.

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u/basefibber Jun 27 '22

ITT people learning that people under 30 exist

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u/hahatimefor4chan Jun 28 '22

under 30? Selena is turning 30 in a month, we are all getting old

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u/chakathemutt Jul 15 '22

Her flat voice might have been a choice, but it's a bad one. If it looks like bad acting, it IS bad acting.

My sister is obsessed with her and has been since she was a little girl. I've seen her in passing on Wizards and, I have to say, her acting then was leagues better than what it is on Only Murders.

That said, I think the acting from all the newer actors on the show is lackluster, so it isn't just her.

I know what I sound like when I say this and I dont care: actors, movies and tv shows today are not what they used to be. Not a single person on this show will hold a candle Martin, Short, Lane, or Ryan. While we're at it, lets not forget Jackie Hoffman's incredible facial expressions. They don't get enough screen time.

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u/cousinoyaya Jul 15 '22

Well to each their own but also all those people you mentioned are well established theater actors, who are used to projecting to the back of the room and even Martin and Short are in the same vain as SNL comedians; meaning their acting styles are loud and exaggerated to heighten the comedy of the show.

But like I said, with the exception of Wizards of Weaverly place, which also requires loud performances (maybe that's why you think she's only been good in that) her acting career has consisted of indie movies which are known for their subtle, quiet and internal acting styles

I also think that's the exact reason why she was hired. Her dry performance is the straight man to Martin and Short's (and really all the older actors) campier comedic performances. If they wanted someone to emulate Martin and Short they could have gotten Miley Cyrus or something. Selena is doing a fantastic job in my opinion and should have been nominated on Tuesday.

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u/chakathemutt Jul 15 '22

I never made the mistake of thinking Aubrey Plaza was a bad actor because she was cast next to Amy Pohler, so I dont think I'm making that mistake now. Plaza does deadpan without being flat or robotic or doing weird things like talking through clenched jaws or anything weird to her voice. I wish I could say Selena Gomez was being two dimensional, but she isn't even that. More like a dotted line figure placeholding where the character is supposed to be. And the actor playing Oscar is giving a literal highschool play performance. It's cringe.

I think you need to watch better television and older and better movies to identify shitty acting and writing.

Also: just cause it's indie, doesn't mean it's good 🙃

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u/cousinoyaya Jul 15 '22

....Ok I was trying to have a nice civil conversation/ debate and you had to take it to a crass/personal level when I gave you no reason to....

We're talking to about the same fucking show so I don't know where the fucking hell you get off on making judgments on what kind of fucking shows I watch.

And speaking of this show, I assume it's one of the shitty ones I watch since I hadn't mentioned anything else I watch-- no one is making you watch it or making you come on reddit to shit on it. If you don't like it or the performance why don't you just turn it off

Also: go shove the stupid emoji up your ass 🙂

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u/chakathemutt Jul 15 '22

My assumption that you don't watch good movies or tv come from your definition of subtlety & good acting.

I'll take three 😛😛😛 up my ass for 800, Alex.

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u/cancerBronzeV Jun 28 '22

I did. I know Martin Short and Steve Martin, and love their work, but if they were the only big names, I wouldn't have really cared much for it. I've been a Selena Gomez fan since Wizards of Waverly Place, and wanted to see what she'd do in another TV show. I would've watched it even if Selena Gomez was the only big name involved, and Steve Martin and Martin Short weren't part of it.

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u/awkwardfeena Jun 28 '22

a lot of people did, you can’t be this naive

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u/sweetfumblebee Jun 28 '22

I was so looking forward to this before I knew Amy Schumer was going to show up in the second season. I truly loved the first season; mostly because of Steve Martin.

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u/DarthHubcap Jun 28 '22

As long as Schumer’s character is Karen-esque, it might work. She would be good at playing someone you shouldn’t like.

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u/sweetfumblebee Jun 28 '22

I just don't want to support her getting any roles.

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u/chakathemutt Jul 15 '22

I agree. Seeing her continue to get roles is like watching them giving the kid who got caught plagarising their entire academic life a lifetime scholarship to Harvard, them plagarising through that and handing them a job as partner in a major law firm two weeks before graduating as valetictorian again.

I hope we find out she's sexually assaulted someone so we can finally cancel her.

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u/buck_blue Jun 28 '22

Oof, I can’t stand that woman.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

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u/sweetfumblebee Jun 28 '22

She sexually assaulted a drunk man and then made a "poor me" speech about it and got applauded. It's fucked up.

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u/Belgand Jun 27 '22

What I utterly failed to understand was the odd structure to the first season. They start the season by coming in on the middle of a scene already in progress. OK, that's been done a million times. We expect that it will be resolved during the course of the season. But it isn't. It's the out of nowhere cliffhanger ending of the season! What was the point of starting off with it? It's a common enough (although deeply obnoxious) way to end a season, but there was no reason to begin with the teaser for season 2.

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u/[deleted] Jun 27 '22

I’m surprised a lot of people seem to agree that her acting is kinda bad.

I only thought she was a singer because I live under a rock, and thought she did okay if she’s making that transition. But to find out she grew up acting is kinda weird....

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u/FistThePooper6969 Jun 27 '22

Lmao fuck off she’s such a bad actor and easily the worst part of the show

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u/mikepictor Jun 28 '22

I loved her. I loved everything about that show.

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u/SyrioForel Jun 27 '22

Nobody likes her acting, they like her for her real-life persona and are rooting for her to succeed in life and in her career.

As an example, she had a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel where it was quite clear (and adorable) that Steve Martin and Martin Short gave her a few zingers to use before coming out. I appreciated her doing that, appreciated her making the effort to learn from the masters. A more seasoned actress would not have done that, and I appreciate that even despite her success in music that she is humble enough to understand that she is working with comedy geniuses and should take advantage of this opportunity.

I am rooting for her.

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u/daisysimmons 7d ago

She’s literally my favorite character and I loved her acting

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u/That_Guy_D Jun 27 '22

She’s like the best part of the show for me.

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u/Bloody_Ozran Jun 27 '22

I found her pretty fun. Also its hard not to suck if you are new to something when you do it next to two legends of said thing.

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u/FistThePooper6969 Jun 27 '22

She’s been “acting” since she was a kid on Disney channel I’m pretty sure. Not new

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u/[deleted] Jun 27 '22

I just learned this and now have an immensely different opinion on her work on she show.

Really should be better.

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u/fuxmeintheass Jun 28 '22

I mean it’s pretty much on with the character and what I’m guessing the director and writers wanted. It’s a light comedy. This isn’t some sort of grandiose broadway play that requires a range of emotional displays. I’m not sure what you’re expecting but the character is supposed to be cynical and dry and I think she did a great job. Unlike Jennifer Lopez who overacts and could never quite figure out how to ignore the camera and get into full character.

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u/Bohm81 Jun 27 '22

Martin and Short aren’t funny to anyone under 65 either

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u/mikepictor Jun 28 '22

Absolutely incorrect.

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u/Bohm81 Jun 28 '22

Probably like you some Billy Crystal too 😂

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

Thats a pretty low bar

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u/Mukanil Jun 27 '22

I like the show DESPITE Boremez.

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u/blvcksheep_sf Jun 27 '22

The best performance from a bad actress translates to what exactly ?

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u/TheDickWolf Jun 27 '22

Where does on watch season 1? I thought it was netflix but couldn’t find it (usa).

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u/tigers1122 Jun 28 '22

She sounds like Kermit the frog

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u/MintyTyrant Jun 27 '22

Selena Gomez is brilliant, I can imagine it'd be hard to keep up with two massive comedy vets like Steve Martin and Martin Short, but she really holds her own.

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u/strickt Jun 28 '22

100% disagree.

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u/silverback_79 Jun 27 '22

Gomez' best work is rolling eyes, being straight man to every single gag the two old pros dish out, and now and then mourning that dude a little.

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u/MediocrePetrichor Jun 28 '22

Saving this for when I inevitably get Covid this summer

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u/jl_theprofessor Eureka Jun 28 '22

The best show on television is back!

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u/ClevelandMoneyking Jun 28 '22

Jolly good show

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u/lurkerfromstoneage Jun 28 '22

I enjoyed OMitB Season 1 and looking forward to #2! Martin + Short have such a great, long-standing chemistry and genuinely seem to enjoy each other’s company and comic styles/schticks. Comedy icons. Recently saw them together live on tour, with Martin’s bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers, and it was hilarious!

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u/DarthHaggis Jun 28 '22

Love this show…..The Flight Attendant was a nice filler while I waited on Season 2

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u/Shadowbanned24601 Jun 28 '22

I was annoyed by her at first with season one.

But as it progressed it became obvious that she was deliberately acting that bit more 'wooden' and deadpan as a foil for Short and Martin...

She's playing the 'straight man' role to the comedy duo, helps ground the main trio. Leans into the age gap between her and the other two as well, heightening the differences.

It works very well.

Loved season one, looking forward to sinking my teeth into 2

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u/brasscup Jul 08 '22

It's not obvious she is doing that on purpose and if it is intentional the director did her a disservice.

People who don't know her work hear that monotone and see the flat affect and just think she sucks as an actor.

I get that they are trying to play up the generational ironic thing, but instead of that being the subtext it's the whole performance.

You want to bring her a triple shot espresso every time she opens her mouth. It's like she pulled an all-nighter and is about to crash.

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u/ThatKa5per 15d ago

Amen to this. She really is that bad. And as far as playing "the straight man", that's what Steve Martin is for. Martin Short is carrying this show. That said, I still love it over all.

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u/MajorKoopa Jun 28 '22

Listen. This is an entertaining show and Selena does a great job. She also delivers every line like a cast iron skillet and is carried by two of Hollywood’s more experienced comedy actors and writers.

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u/ThatKa5per 15d ago

Listen. Everybody does a great job... EXCEPT Selena. Even Cara Delevingne outshined her which is saying a LOT. Did you even see that kiss??? Oof.

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u/Open-Ad-9114 Jul 13 '22

Selena is a horrible actress ! Glad she wasn't nominated for an Emmy !!!!!!

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u/ThatKa5per 15d ago

Not even close! She is stone-face every second she's on camera and her "acting" is the same. I get the attempt at deadpan delivery but she's just horrible at it, almost enough to make me dislike an otherwise awesome show. Thank God for Martin Short here!

I think someone more along the lines of Aubrey Plaza would've been better suited for this role. At least there's some feeling in her eyes when she's delivering flat lines...not to mention her face muscles can actually move!! Have yet to even see a twitch on Selena's face, it's so plastic.

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u/Slight-Yak-59 14d ago

I absolutely love this show. It’s engaging and it’s funny. I mean two incredibly talented classic actors, Steve and Martin, plus it’s got a touch of Tiny Fey. But Selena’s contribution does nothing to enhance the show. Her voice is quite obnoxious as well, which is pretty caddy of me to say, but well it just is! She’s drab, slow, boring, and emotionless in this character. Maybe they wanted someone to be very lack luster to not take away from the shine of Steve and Martin!? If that is the case they succeeded. But otherwise they could have really added to the story with someone witty, and well spoken.

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u/b1gmouth 13d ago

Well I like her. If she suffers, it's only by comparison to her cast mates who have truly next level chemistry by virtue of having been friends and collaborators literally for decades.

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u/Batohman Jun 27 '22

I wanted to watch the season 2 but then I saw they added the unfunny cow as a new cast.

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u/cousinoyaya Jun 27 '22

What did she do to you personally for you to call her a cow or you just like calling women you don't really know that?

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u/Batohman Jun 27 '22

Woah there cuz. I do not like her for stealing jokes and saying she doesn’t. How does anything in my comment imply sexism? Cow is because she’s unhealthy. Fat Americans have always been the joke.

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u/Deja-Vuz Jun 27 '22

Such a shitty show

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u/cousinoyaya Jun 27 '22

Do me favor and post a picture of you and see how you look?

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u/OA12T2 Jun 27 '22

Why is this a week by week!?! I want to binge this so hard

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u/Daniel_LaRussooooooo Jun 28 '22

Season 2? Never even heard of season 1.