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Weight: 408 g
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Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
Big Love ~ Season 1Big Love, HBO's newest buzzworthy series,
recalls Groucho Marx's blithe proposal to two women in Animal
Crackers. "Why, that's bigamy," one of the women exclaims.
Groucho responds, "Yes, and it's big of me, too." But Bill
Henrickson's (Bill Paxton) situation is hardly a laughing matter.
Bill is a modern-day polygamist who lives in suburban Salt Lake
City with his seven children and three "sister-wives": Barbara
(Jeanne Tripplehorn, never better), the more mature anchor of the
household; Nicki (Chloe Sevigny), who spitefully refers to her as
"Boss Lady"; and recent addition Margene (charming Ginnifer
Goodwin), insecure and childlike. A series that puts a human face
on polygamy is brimming with prurient possibilities. Big
Love's first two episodes are veritable commercials for Viagra,
as Bill struggles to keep up with the demands of his spouses, with
whom the sleeping arrangements are strictly scheduled. But once
this more sensational aspect of "plural marriage" is dealt with,
Big Love moves on to focus on the emotional, spiritual and
financial pressures that beset Bill and his families. As the
dreamlike opening credit sequence (scored to the Beach Boys'
ethereal "God Only Knows") illustrates, Bill is a man on thin ice.
He is carrying mortgages on three adjoining homes. A
home-improvement store entrepreneur, he has just cut the ribbon on
his second store and is planning a third. His wives, not immune to
jealousies, vie for dominant position. And then there's Roman
(Harry Dean Stanton; and any series that puts this venerable
character actor and hipster saint in our homes on a weekly basis
deserves our big love), the sinister leader of an outlaw
fundamentalist compound, who has an escalating disagreement with
Bill over the repayment of his loan that helped Bill build his
fledgling empire ("There's man's law," he states ominously, "and
there's God's law").
There are further complications that make Big Love so
compelling. Bill suspects that his raw-nerved mother (Grace
Zabriskie) may be poisoning his father (Bruce Dern). Nicki is a
shopaholic accruing nearly $60,000 in credit-card debt. Overtures
by new neighbors threaten to expose Bill's unorthodox and illicit
living arrangements. The polygamy factor puts a subversive spin on
traditional matrimonial melodrama. When Nicki plans her son's
disastrous birthday party, her list of "immediate family" tops 150.
When Roman, who is Nicki's father, arrives, Bill proclaims he is
not welcome in his "homes." As with Rome, Big Love
may require a little patience. But this fascinating portrayal of a
shadowy subculture, the intelligent writing, and the estimable
ensemble will soon make you feel like part of the families.
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