Friday, October 9, 2015

DVD Review : Fresh off the Boat

Join TV’s Funniest New Family and flashback to the 90’s! 12-year old hip-hop enthusiast Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) and his family make their way from D.C.’s Chinatown to Orlando where his dad, Louis (Randall Park) tries to make his new steakhouse a success. His mom, Jessica (Constance Wu) aims to understand the culture clash and dominate suburbia. While his brothers fit right in, Eddie’s still tries to get a seat at the table – any table – in the school cafeteria. Bullies on the bus may get him down, but Eddie can bust a move and wield a fajita like nobody’s business! Go behind the scenes of this breakout sitcom inspired by renowned Chef Eddie Huang’s bestselling novel.

My Thoughts 

Fresh Off the Boat is a funny new family sitcom that centers around a family who immigrated from Taiwan and who are trying to fit in in Orlando.  Being a child of the 90s myself, one of my favorite aspects about the show is that its takes place in that decade.  It's fun to see the styles and hear the music that I remember from my youth.  There's also lots of humor as the family tries to handle the culture clash. Most of the kids fit in easily, but Eddie has to handle bullies and try to find his place in the junior high school. The story in told in a similar way as the Wonder Years, with the grown Eddie relaying the stories from his youth.

Eddie's father Louie is an upbeat character excited to open his new steakhouse.  He had originally intended to open a chain store, but when he didn't have the funds, he goes independent.  He somehow got a copy of the chain's info and tries to use it with some minor changes to help his business take off which provides plenty of silly humor.   Mom Jessica is the complete opposite. She's very strict and way too worried about what the neighbors think of her, but still pushes her children to succeed and stay in touch with their Chinese culture. There are also two other brothers.  Emery is a ladies man and Evan is the brainiac.  They also bring along grandma, and even though she's in a wheelchair, she still has a sharp and conniving mind.

In this season, Jessica decides to try her hand at real estate, Eddie tries to earn his way at the restaurant so he can buy his favorite video games,  and vandals cause some trouble at the steakhouse, just to name a few highlights.   This is a series that will always have you laughing, but also includes some touching family moments. I'm looking forward to watching Season 2.