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4.0 out of 5 stars RICHLY DYSFUNCTIONAL, 11 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Dirty Sexy Money - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The title is certainly more eye-catching than those of "Dallas", "Dynasty" and "The Colbys", but the content is the same - an OTT family awash with money, morals in rather shorter supply.

The Darlings' lawyer died in a plane crash after four decades of service. Son Nick (Peter Krause, ex-"Six Feet Under") has taken over. Outwardly always so calm, so reasonable, he has a secret agenda. Did one of the family have his father killed? He WILL find out.

And what a family! Patriarch Tripp oozes charisma and good humour but is ruthless and manipulative. (Donald Sutherland is superb, a major reason to watch.) Wife Letitia (Jill Clayburgh) loves drink and for forty years had a secret lover. (Work it out.) Oldest son Patrick (Michael Baldwin) is being steered towards the White House, but his transsexual mistress may prove an impediment. His brother Brian is a mean spirited preacher with an illegitimate son. Sister Karen alternates between weddings and divorces. Twins Juliet and Jeremy compete to see who can be the more empty headed and extravagant. Hovering in the wings and aiming for centre stage is powerful Simon Elder (Blair Underwood) - he with reason to hate the Darlings and to bring them crashing down. Nick remains astonishingly restrained in the circumstances, crises requiring almost 24/7 attention.

Not for a moment to be taken seriously, this is glossy escapism - a welcome diversion from television's grimmer offerings. Amidst the laughs there are occasional hints of greater substance. Note, for example, Brian - he initially so odious but gradually seeming to develop more worthy aspects. Lots of interesting, illuminating bonuses. (Often scenes in New York owe much to green screen.)

Recommended for those who wish simply to sit back and enjoy.
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