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'A Million Little Things' Review: Too Many Twists Turn ABC's Suicide Drama Into Ghoulish Entertainment

 
 
 
'A Million Little Things' Review: Too Many Twists Turn ABC's Suicide Drama Into Ghoulish Entertainment

Suicide is never a simple subject. Even if a note or some other documentation is provided, the questions of “Why?” and “How could we have missed/prevented this?” persist for those left behind. Trying to come to some sort of understanding or peace is inherently going to be imperfect because the one person who could answer all of those questions is gone. Therefore trying to create a TV show with an ongoing storyline about suicide is fraught with potential pitfalls because it is told by and from the point of the view of the living.

With Netflix’s adaptation of “13 Reasons Why,” a series of audio cassettes left by the deceased serve as a suicide note of sorts to meticulously reveal the depth of bullying, peer pressure, and violence that the girl experienced in high school. ABC’s new drama “A Million Little Things” is less explicit, but similarly gives its deceased a voice through, well, a million little things set in motion before his death.

The somewhat convoluted premise, which was thoroughly laid out in the trailer, involves four friends — big-shot businessman Jon (Ron Livingston), wisecracking cancer survivor Gary (James Roday), music teacher Eddie (David Giuntoli), and filmmaker Rome (Romany Malco) — who became best buds after getting stuck in an elevator together. Besides that shared experience, it turns out they’re all fans of Boston Bruins ice hockey, and their season tickets gave them ample time to bond. By extension, each of their significant others and offspring were pulled into this bro orbit and became part of a big found family. When the perpetually optimistic go-getter Jon commits suicide, it sends the group reeling, secrets come to light that can potentially tear them apart, and plans that Jon executed before he died start to play out in unexpected ways.

Source: indiewire.com
 
 
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