This is that type of situational comedy where the basis of the jokes is reliant primarily on the principle that if something bad, awkward or embarrassing happens it's automatically funny. I rarely find this type of comedy amusing. For me, I feel like it's trying to create humour in a disingenuous and contrived way, which in turn falsifies the authenticity and believability of the story as well as the characters. It's as if you can see through the film. You can see the boardroom where the writers were sitting around coming up with "funny" ideas. Perhaps sharing all their embarrassing stories they've experienced or fear experiencing, and then throwing them all together into one big heap, hoping they'll work cohesively. I assume they think this works on the notion that "you'll look back one day and laugh", problem is - it's only funny if you were there, and more importantly, if it's genuine. It's akin to someone telling you about a dream they had, and when they state how great or funny this dream was, you smile and nod and maybe give a chuckle out of courtesy. But really you just don't care and you're not at all interested. That's how I felt about Mon Oncle. You can't just repeat the same paper thin jokes monotonously hoping they'll gain stead. They don't. They just become tiresome.

The way I see it, the awkward situational comedy genre is the contemporary equivalent of the man slipping on the banana peel.
I'm sorry.
But it just isn't funny.

The dogs were cute though.

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