Pam & Tommy Tv Show

Pam & Tommy Tv Show Review 2022 Cast Crew

Stars: Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogen

As absurd as it sounds, and as much as we can resist it, the universe continues to insist that the ’90s were 30 years ago instead of 10 minutes. Thus, we are increasingly confronted with dramas that take the headlines of our youth and examine them for the pivotal moments in history that they in fact were.

At least they are not (yet) old enough to be treated with reverence or mystification. The babies of the 70s are still not Stonehenge, nor the ruins of Herculaneum. But the lively, questioning spirit of genre king Ryan Murphy (who has dramatized the OJ Simpson case, the Gianni Versace assassination and the Clinton-Lewinsky affair) still seems to be setting the tone for those following in his footsteps.

Pam & Tommy (Disney+), adapted from the article by Amanda Chicago Lewis, unravels the sex tape scandal that engulfed the mid-’90s celebrity couple. The Baywatch star and international sex symbol (to give what was then her full official title), Pamela Anderson, and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee had become greater than the sum of their parts (and Lee’s part in particular was already legendary: about to become more so) by marrying four days after meeting. Robert Siegel’s eight-part miniseries looks at what happened to the couple after a private tape of them having sex on their honeymoon became (for the first time thanks to the power of the then-childish Internet) very, very public.

The series is really three narratives braided together. The first, to which the opening episode is devoted, though we keep coming back to it, is a heist caper, true even in its most incredible detail. Rand Gauthier (Seth Rogen) is a contractor fired without pay by the capricious Lee for allegedly shoddy work, who retaliates by stealing the rock star’s garage safe. He evades security guards and cameras by using a shaggy rug to disguise himself as a large dog. Inside the safe he finds several guns, cash and an unmarked Hi8 video cassette, which he leads to his friend, a porn director played by Nick Offerman. “Looking for a job?” he asks Rand. “Woodworking? Anal?” When they see what’s in it, the stage is set.

It’s a fun start, if you will, but it doesn’t show what will become a warm, funny, smart and quite moving drama, with amazing performances from Lily James as Anderson and Sebastian Stan as Lee. Each one of them achieves the feat of resembling amazingly, aesthetically, vocally and in all gestures, people in real life, without falling into mimicry.

The series moves back and forth in time as the second and third narratives come into play. There’s the love story, as offbeat as all the others, sure, but showing what the pair found in each other (beyond, yes, the obvious) and how, even if a split was probably inevitable, their relationship came under unprecedented pressure. when the tape was made public. The third thread is the one that virtually defines the genre: a critique of the media machinations, public appetite, and systemic legal biases at that particular time that allowed events to unfold as they did. And, as always, we get to see the misogyny that permeated it all, and here he made sure that Anderson bore the brunt of the humiliation and damage to her and her career. There is a particularly brutal scene in which she is removed by a lawyer who seems willing to degrade her as much as possible. But there is a whole network of minor moments (on the set of Baywatch, during her personal appearances, at her Playboy shoots), where she is swayed by the whims of the men in her charge.

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