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Two and a Half Men Review: "People Who Love Peepholes"

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So it's week two of Ashton Kutcher taking over for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men - or Alan and Friends, as I like to affectionately call it. As of tonight, that is.

While Kutcher has grown on me slightly since last week (which isn't saying much) the show still just feels a little off.

Cleaning Up Walden

There were plenty of scenes in Men's previous eight seasons that did not feature Charlie, so I'm not even just blaming his absence. "People Who Love Peepholes" just didn't feel like Two and a Half Men. For example, take Berta.

I'm a huge Berta fan, but for some reason, they decided to give her a voiceover this week. When you're already going through such a huge change like swapping out your main star, do you really have to change up the format on us?

Tonight, we also met Walden's much talked about ex-girlfriend, Bridget, played by Judy Greer. I'm not convinced you're going to find a bigger Greer fan (just check my Facebook profile picture!), but I have to say... this casting just felt off.

Maybe I'm just getting cynical, but the ages feel out of whack on this show. Alan (Jon Cryer: 46) is now suddenly BFFs with Walden (Ashton Kutcher: 33), who used to date Bridget (Judy Greer: 36).

Yes, I realize Greer isn't much older than Kutcher, who's clearly no stranger to older women, but Hollywood always casts younger women and they've made me used to it. And Alan feels way too old to be hanging out with Peter Pan (though his house made me think much more MJ).

Before I offend too many people, I'm going to bring this review to a close. I'm glad the episode ended with Alan moving back into the Malibu beach house. We got that hurdle out of the way.

Now we just need to find a way to make Walen less idiotic and more likable. Then, we need to find a better form of comedic chemistry between Cryer and Kutcher.

There will never be perfect dynamic between the Harper brothers.  But we need to do a little better than tonight if this show is going to last more than the season.

Review

Editor Rating: 2.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 1.6 / 5.0 (1147 Votes)

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The scripts this season are so bad, I can only assume the writers believe 2 1/2 is the age demographic of the the show's audience!

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The show has no central focus anymore. Chuck, you could make an entire episode before with Jon and Charlie alone. Charlie made all the actors extraordinary and it had chemistry. Now everyone is trying to be the lead, and no one is succeeding. Kill the show or wake up Charlie. Episode two was it for me after years of enjoyment. You pumped up the new season and its sucks. If you want to make your fans dance, pump up Charlies return and im in. I know Sheen messed up and I understand why you had to do what you did. Now fix it.

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Did you see Ashton Kutcher try and sneak in his company's logos on the show. There were like 5 logos all over his laptop. Hhere's a quick screenshot of it. http://goo.gl/DbYrj

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Waited for 2nd episode in order to have a more complete opinion. Unfortunately, this Tuesday I laughed even less than the previous one. I am going to give this show a couple of more episodes to persuade me but things are not looking so good. Chuck, please bring Charlie back!

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Both my husband and I (who watch TAHM reruns EVERY night) are extremely turned off to the new show. We gave the premier a thumbs-down but wanted to give it another shot. Two whole hand full of fingers down! What's up the suggested nudity and why do they have to show naked men hugging? Ugh! Why have Walden and Alan wake up on top of each other naked and then mention his "morning wood". Is this another excuse of shoving gay rights down the poor shameful heterosexual viewing audience? Looks like it! It's really ridiculous and not at all funny. What's the point of having the teenage kid walk in on a nude stranger hugging his father? We don't get it at all. And then they give us some really ordinary ex-wife of Walden. She's no doll! They've lost us! And to have the mother playing some old sex starved hag...geeaaaaddd! Feggadabadit!!

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Huge majority of us "immature little kids". BRING CHARLIE BACK

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Two and a Half Men now sucks, it will be canceled after this season. I love how people "like" the show because Charlie is no longer on the show. I also find it funny when people comment their daughters love the show, well my son hates it now. The plot and writing are horrible.

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The show is nothing without Charlie. Charlie was the show.

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Lorre needs to be like Sheen - get over it. Years ago, the series "Dallas" made the same mistake - try it again - Make it a bad dream and wake up. Without Sheen, the show is done.

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I love these “free� review forums, they’re extremely useful. The expensive Nielsen ratings only give me, (oops… I mean... you) a vague idea for how many TV sets are tuned in to any particular channel at any given time.
Look for some ideas found here in upcoming episodes.

Two and a Half Men Season 9 Episode 2 Quotes

When i was in high school, I was dating a poster of Molly Ringwald.

Alan

You're young, you're rich, you got a face that gives women an erection.

Alan
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