The Breaking Bad meets suburban-housewives dark comedy is back for a third season which takes it in a slightly different direction, although fans of the first two seasons surely won’t be disappointed.
It looks like everything has gone back to a relative normal for the three working mums following the drama of the last season. Beth is a shop assistant at a greetings cards business who press their own designs. Annie is a shop attendant and moonlights as a valet, bringing in lots of single dollar bills. And Ruby puts up with rude customers at a nail salon.
Hold on a minute. A printing press, lots of dollar bills, and access to solvents… uh oh. The girls haven’t retired from a life of crime, in fact, they’re working on perfecting their fake money printing scheme. Free from the harsh oversight of crime master Rio, they’re looking to run their own illegitimate enterprise. However, as inventive as they are, it doesn’t take long for them to get taken advantage of by the more bone-headed type of criminal.
The show continues its winning formula of heartwarming family issues, quick-witted humour and surreal violence all wrapped up in Breaking Bad style suburban criminality. This season we get to see more of a focus on Ruby’s deteriorating relationship with Stan and her kids, which is interesting as I’d pointed out in my review of Season 2 that we weren’t seeing enough of that family. Sadly I can’t take any credit for the shift as the third season was already airing in the US when I wrote it.
If you like Good Girls and its rather absurd premise, you’ll certainly like the third season. For newcomers, don’t start here. There’s too much backstory you’re missing out on.
Shallow plot? Check. Backstory tropes? Check. Terrible accents? Check. Nasty, gratuitous violence? Hell yeah. This movie ticks all the boxes of a cheap action comedy, and trust me, that’s a good thing.
Look, to be honest with you the plot is not worth talking about. All you need to know is an American-accented Daniel Radcliffe (Miles) wakes up one day and he has pistols physically bolted to both of his hands. He can’t even dress himself, so he leaves his house in his dressing gown and Big Foot slippers.
Okay, there’s a bit more to it than that. He’s just been forced into participating in Skism, an underground fight-to-the-death franchise streamed online to millions. It usually pits criminals against each other, but Miles is no criminal. He’s an anti-troll, keyboard warrior picking fights with viewers of the Skism stream via the comments section. When he lands the starring role, so to speak, he’s up against Nix, the undefeated champion.
Nix is played by Samara Weaving, who also starred in the brilliantly violent Ready or Not (I’m sensing a trend here!). As you can probably guess, Nix doesn’t kill Miles immediately, as she easily could. Instead, Miles and Nix embark on a game of cat and mouse, exchanging well-timed comedic phrases each time they meet.
The plot is full of tropes and the violence is ridiculous, but, again, dude literally has guns for hands. The question to ask of movies like these is not, ‘is this a well thought out, engaging story with great acting?’ but rather ‘is there shooty shooty bang bang with good action shots and a pace that doesn’t bore me?’. This film nails that vibe. It’s not a good movie, but it’s a great watch.