No room in budget for ‘2 Broke Girls’
BY LORI RACKL TV Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org September 15, 2011 6:30PM
No-nonsense Max (Kat Dennings, left) has to train newcomer Caroline (Beth Behrs) in “2 Broke Girls.”
‘2 broke girls’ ★★
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Updated: November 17, 2011 12:46AM
If you’re into sophomoric humor, jokes about people in wheelchairs and double entendres that you can see coming (get it?) a mile away, have I got a show for you.
I’m probably being too hard on the new comedy “2 Broke Girls,” which debuts Monday on CBS. Maybe some of the main character’s endless supply of sarcasm rubbed off on me.
Max (Kat Dennings of the movie “Thor”) is a young, cash-strapped waitress at a Brooklyn greasy spoon who seems to relish serving side orders of smackdown, like she did with a hipster customer who snapped his fingers to get her attention:
“You think this is the sound that gets you service,” Max says to the guy, snapping her fingers an inch from his face. “I think this is the sound that dries up my vagina.”
You can imagine that no-nonsense Max doesn’t appreciate having to train the diner’s new girl, Caroline (Beth Behrs), whose Chanel dress and Barbie-doll appearance make her look like she “belongs on a show on Bravo.”
Caroline, like Max, is broke. Her dad pulled some Bernie Madoff scam and now she’s friendless, homeless and has lost everything (except her fancy purses, fur-lined jacket and a horse; at least the girl has her priorities straight).
An “Odd Couple”-like friendship ensues, and the two become roomies in Max’s dumpy apartment, where Caroline observes that the yard looks like “a nice really nice place to relax and do crack.”
“It is,” Max says.
The pair decides to keep schlepping away at the diner until they can raise $250,000 to open a cupcake store — a plan hatched by Caroline, who we’re told got a 2,300 on her SAT and went to Wharton. So Plan B is refilling cups of coffee for a living, natch.
Caroline’s business school degree doesn’t come in too handy when she’s in her waitress uniform, but she apparently scores points for trying.
“That girl is working harder than Stephen Hawking trying to put in a pair of cufflinks,” observes Earl (Garrett Morris), the diner’s 75-year-old cashier.
The above example notwithstanding, “2 Broke Girls” has its fair share of genuinely funny lines. The show is the co-creation of Whitney Cummings (“Chelsea Lately”), who’s starring in her new self-titled sitcom on NBC, and Michael Patrick King of “Sex and the City” fame.
But the program has plenty of eye-rollers, too, like Earl’s gag about a horny Russian waitress who got fired for being “Vladimir Putin It Out.” The only thing worse than a bad pun is a bad pun followed by a laugh track.
The puerile humor, occasional weak joke and hostile sarcasm wouldn’t bother me as much if I could root for Max, which should be easy to do. After all, she’s broke, her boyfriend is unfaithful and she’s working two jobs, one of which is baby-sitting for a Manhattan socialite whose twins are named Brad and Angelina.
But after the first episode, at least, I can’t seem to rally behind the girl. I just want to hide from her.