‘Shrill’ is a sharp dramedy that goes beyond body positivity

'Shrill' is a sharp dramedy that goes beyond body positivity

'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity

'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity

In Shrill, Hulu’s new comedy series, Aidy Bryant’s awakening happens softly.

Shrill
'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity
RELEASE DATE: 3/ 15/2019
DIRECTOR: Various
STREAMING: Hulu
Aidy Bryant takes on trolls and body image in this too-brief dramedy.

The six-episode series is loosely based on Lindy West’s 2016 essay collecting Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman ; West is also co-writer and executive producer. Bryant plays Annie Easton, a calendar editor at the Portland-based Weekly Thorn , a stand-in for alt-weekly The Stranger , where West ran. Annie is a people-pleaser, but she’s also trying to assert herself more as a novelist. She’s amiable, even when her flaky hook-up Ryan( Luka Jones) constructs her leave out the back door so as not to embarrass him in front of his roommates. Her roommate and friend Fran( Lolly Adefope) is supportive but calls out her people-pleasing behavior. And having SNL alum Julia Sweeney as Annie’s mom is an inspired selection.

Annie finds empowerment in her writing. Sent to review the lunch buffet at a strip club by her cocky editor Gabe( an underused John Cameron Mitchell ), she instead bases the piece around the women who dancing there. A rogue piece titled” Hello, I’m Fat”( based on a 2011 column West actually wrote) gets positive responses, but trolls also pile on in the comments section.

Though Annie’s battle with trolls isn’t quite as encompassing as West’s was–at least not in merely six episodes–it stimulates for a strong narrative thrust. In one memorable scene, Annie and the paper’s IT person( played by comedian Jo Firestone) look through the awful remarks in an effort to hunt down one particular troll. It’s a moment familiar to many women who have been harassed for having sentiments online, and the two reclaim it to show the absurdity of specific comments.

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Shrill is a show about being fat, but that doesn’t overpower. We don’t see dramatic weight-loss transformations or Annie’s aspirations to be thinner, but we do watch the micro-aggressions. The episode “Pool” is the strongest of the six. After slowly letting her inhibitions go over the course of a body-positive pond party only to be dishonor by her fat-phobic boss for missing a run event, Annie returns home and unloads to Fran and another friend. She tells them she’s constantly bombarded with ads telling her how to lose weight, and was told from a young age that being skinny would stimulate her more likable.

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” It’s a fucking mind prison, you know ?” Annie says.” That every fucking girl everywhere has been programmed to believe. And I’ve wasted so much hour and energy and money and for what? I’m fat. I’m fucking fat .” The depict also highlights issues that women of a certain weight might not face, like the fact that the morning-after pill was not intended to work for women over 175 pounds.

While Shrill is accommodated from West’s experiences, Bryant isn’t just playing her or a character. She recently told the New York Times that sometimes she has the thought that SNL merely cast her because she is fat, and like her character in Shrill , she fought with her weight grown up. At SXSW on Monday, executive producer Elizabeth Banks said Pitch Perfect served as inspiration for Shrill , to its implementation of dedicating girls a character they are likely not consider onscreen.

” This is a story I’ve always wanted to see on Tv ,” Bryant added.” I never quite felt like I assured myself onscreen .”

If there is a critique of Shrill , it’s thatand I can’t believe I’m going to say this in an era of too much-TVthe series is a little too short. It feels like it’s only getting started, especially after Annie’s in-person confrontation with a troll. I would have liked to see a few of the relationships receive a little more structure, but I was also stoked to sees women who appear a little more like me onscreen.

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'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity
'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity
'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity
'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity
'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity

'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity

'Shrill' Is A Sharp Dramedy That Goes Beyond Body Positivity

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