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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 (1146 Votes)

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Wow, Ashton is cast as a total jerk with no brains. This show had better hurry and get in back on track. Its boring and not funny at all. I watched the third show hoping it would improve but it was the same boring stuff and not funny. The cast from last season are very good but Ashton has to GO. Its time to watch a new show thats funny.

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its just not doing it for us.....Waldon is an idiot!!!! His character should be acting more mature! Losing interest very fast!!!! The writers should know that this show attracts a mature audience... Becoming unrealistic!!!!!!

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Is it me or is there something missing from this show like i don`t know comedy!

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CHarlie!!!!!! We need you Charlie!! Can't you stop the craziness and tell them you're sorry? And to whomever you royally pissed off...GET OVER IT! If he apologizes, GET HIM BACK!!

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Love Sheen, yea he made mistakes we all do. Chuck needs to suck in his pride and get him back. The show is slowly going down hill. He was fired, we all know whacko Melanies Character is crazy when it comes to her Charlie. They need to bring Sheen back and make it look like Melanie (Rose) faked his death. I only watch repeats cuz Sheen makes the show. Love the rest of cast. Sincerely, Connie!

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Unfortunately, the show is dying right in front of us. Kutcher's character is just painful to watch. I watched episode 2 after reading the poor reviews from show 1 and I was sorry to have wasted my time. The only thing that interested me was to see how Alan was able to weasel himself back into the house but even that wasnt enough to make me crack a smile. I was hoping things would work out for the sake of the show, and to teach Sheen a good lesson. But, it's just so ridiculous! Sheen showed his @$$ and deserved to get canned, but without him the show is just stupid!

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I've always been a great fan of two and a half men. I watched the three first episodes of season 9 with Ashton. I must say, the show has become a joke with the Ashton-child character. Ashton is much better than that demeaning character. All old characters are still funny, except the walden character, which, to me, kinda makes fun of the viewers being too ridiculous. Charlie Sheen is really missed, and I think the show is dead. The replacement and its idea were a dismal failure. I won't watch another new episode; only the old ones with Sheen. To make a long story short, the new idea is sucky and the show died with Sheen.

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Chuck,
You have to decide what is more important: your pride or the success of the show.
I don't know what you were thinking creating a child-like, dopey, 'feel sorry for me' millionaire who loves baby shampoo! Really???? That's what you came up with????
I am not particularly fond of Charlie Sheen, but Charlie Harper made the show! I read about all the tension on set, but somehow that was undetectable to the audience. There was chemistry between the characters and the show had a GREAT flow and was hilarious. Now it's just awkward and puzzling.
By now (a whole 3 episodes in) you must realize that if you don't bring Charlie back, you are better off just throwing in the towel.
I have nothing against Ashton, but his acting sucks! He is the same character in everything he is in, and he is still acting as that 70s guy. He just doesn't have it, and his character on the show doesn't help at all!!!

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i've been debating whether to contact the producer and suggest that either alan awaken one morning to find charlie in the shower "bobby ewing-style" or that rose, in a brief moment of sanity, confess that charlie wasn't actually killed in the subway accident but rather rendered an amnesiac and she's been keeping him in the syphillis ward of a mental hospital in prague. i missed the first two "new" episodes but watched the third -- didn't even crack a smile yet the reruns leave me laughing out loud (no matter how many times i've see a particular episode). speaking of reruns, if i want to watch kutcher being funny i'll tune into one from the '70s show -- he carried that series!

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They should rename the show to One and Half Men cause they're carrying it. Just have alan and jake if they don't bring Charlie back. This is just painful to watch.