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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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Kutcher cannot ACT!He stares the camera in the exact same way as he used to do in mtv's "punk'd".Not only he is not funny at all,but with this poorly written character he comes out more to his real self,something nobody is interested in watching.Our favorite show is dead...RIP TAAHM.

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Hey ,,,,can ger any worse
what about the fakes loud laughs taped and edit on the not funny jokes??? some one sneeezzeee and you will hear on the back gound ,ahahahahahahahahaha.tooooo fake,
plus nothing makes sense,,,,,,Charlie was doing great with money adter the kids songs and many times told everyone the house was paid for and did not know what to do with all the money . WHERE'S ALAN S DAUGHTER WITH THE EX WIFE?? FOSTER HOME ? NOW Alans ex is hook on the new guy ?? WILL BE NO TIME FOR THE VIEWES REALIZE DOES SUCK,,,,

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the show is crap now

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Without Charlie the show is crap!! Waldon very annoying- no chemistry- no humor- won't watch until Charlie comes back

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There's no tiger blood in this show at all. Pathetic story lines so far. Kutcher has no substance and is an unbelievable billionaire. Berta has morphed into an even more repulsive slob. Alan has become the main character and can't carry the show because his character always fed off Charlie's. I get maybe one laugh during this entire show. It comes off as a pathetic vehicle for Chuck Lorre to express his hatred of Charlie Sheen. It can't possibly last.

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They can easily bring Charlie back to the show: introduce him as Charlie's separated-at-birth, identical twin brother.

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show is pathetic and painful to watch

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I really thought the writing was so brilliant that this transition would work. It really doesn't. It is painful to watch.

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During the whole Charlie Sheen breakdown, I was thinking.. all the writers have to do is continue the story that Charlie is off with Rose doing God knows what... And spend some time with Alan's story line until Charlie was ready to come back. Well, they should have done that, because the Waldon character is NOT doing it for me. And it makes NO sense for Alan and Jake to be living there without Charlie. The show is just dumb now.... I don't think I'll be watching anymore.

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Instead of paying all this money to keep this show afloat they should've just created a new pilot. Jeez, if it's over it's over!

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