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Jerry Springer)? But with FX promoting the show left and right, and with reruns playing through all hours of the day, I would have to catch an episode. The show pleasantly broke my misconceptions. True, the characters go through awkward, and sometimes downright painful, situations as a result of their act, but the true bril- liance of the show shines through with the solutions that they come up with.

episodes; the Riches does not fail to deliver. There are still unresolved family issues with the gypsies which the Riches have left behind, possible relatives of the real Riches could come into the picture, and of course there are the good old fashioned cons which this family of thieves will continue to pull. With a staff of writers that has so far done nothing but wonders, I believe that the show has unlimited potential.

But fear not, dear readers. “The Riches” is not a one-trick pony. The trials the family goes through in order to pull off its lie are the main point of the show, but the show has plenty more to entertain the viewer. For those who enjoy the more drama-heavy story lines, you need not worry. The Riches world introduces you to a drug-abusing, ex-convict wife, a cross dressing son, a sociopath, murderous cousin. With such veterans as Eddie Izzard, Minnie Driver and newcomers like the unknown, but undeniably talented Shannon Woodward, the cast never fails to perform wonder- fully. Without their amazing talents, the show would falter. As with any “gimmick” centered show viewers fret over how fresh the formula can stay even after several

Unfortunately, new episodes air a bit late (Monday’s from 10 to 11). However, reruns are played all the time at a more reasonable hour. Or, if you want to go the more direct route, you can go online and (not quite le- gally) get yourself caught up. It hasn’t been announced yet whether or not the show will get picked up for another season, but the chances are good, as FX, unlike the major networks, tends to stand by its shows, even when they don’t have the highest ratings. In this case, that’s a good thing, because “The Riches” combines great writing, great acting, interesting drama and just the right amount of comedy to make a truly great show. If you can find the time in between studying for finals, I would strongly recom- mend checking it out.


If you’re like me, you probably feel like there’s nothing good to watch on television anymore (excluding NBC’s Thursday night line-up). What with all of the “reality” shows starring burnt out B-list celebrities, it’s easy to become discouraged. However, if you’re looking for something that’s fresh, inter- esting, and clever, “The Riches” will make the perfect show for you. The show centers around the Malloy’s, a family of poor, con- men gypsies. When they accidentally run a car off a road, killing the passengers within, they learn that the driver and his wife were an extremely wealthy, if a little unpopular, couple that was in the middle of a move. Being the opportunists that they are, the Malloy’s decide to assume the lives of the unlucky couple and move into their new house. The situations that arise as a result of this (like the father having to fake being a lawyer) make up the majority of the show.

I’ll admit that when I heard the premise, I wasn’t all that enthused. A family put through lots of awkward situations because they are living a massive lie? Who wants to watch that (other than fans of Ben Stiller or

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May 18, 2007


‘Disturbia’repeats plot of older film


ENTERTAINMENT In this modern remake of the older film, “The Rear Window,” Shia LaBeouf stars as Kale, a smart, average suburban kid who has everything going for him. This perfect life takes a nasty turn when his father is killed in a car crash. Kale, shocked and angry by his father’s death begins to act out. After one too many incidents, he is sentenced to house arrest. He becomes bored, and the only thing he can do to entertain himself is stare out his window. At first to Kale, this is not as boring as it may seem. He considers this an ex- cellent use of his time, especially since the favorite pastime of his new neighbor Ashley, played by Sarah Roemer, is sunbathing in her bikini.

While happily gazing and acting as a peeping Tom, Kale spots something a little less appealing through the lenses of his binoculars. It seems that old

and cranky Mr. Turner, played by David Morse, is murdering a woman in his bedroom.

Despite this atrocity, there is not much Kale can do. As shown on the previews, he’s restricted in his backyard by the electronic

take a look around. Naturally, a teenage sleuth has nothing on a professional killer and before long Turner is threatening all three kids. Worst of all, he’s also ominously asking Kale’s mother, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, out

SCARY MOMENTS: Shia LaBeouf stars in the thriller “Disturbia” Image courtesy of www.worstreviews.com

ankle bracelet. He instead per- suades his fully mobile friend Ronnie, played by Aaron Yoo, to sneak into Turner’s house and

on dates. This is not the kind of guy you want for a step dad.

Is this remake really necessary? Actually, it just might be. The

teenage twist on Alfred Hitchcock’s original film is upbeat. LaBeouf and Morse hold the audience’s interest for most of the film. So does the script that amusingly exploits anything likely to be lying around a boy’s bed- room, from high-tech gadget toys to the common Twinkie.

I personally like Shia LaBeouf when he acts as a goofy kid. Maybe that’s because I grew up watching his zany schemes on “Even Stevens,” but he does have his good serious moments too. Such as on “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” Although the film is a thriller, LaBeouf does add in some witty jokes trademark of the “Even Stevens” era.

On a whole, the plot of “Disturbia” is engaging enough throughout the film until the end, when that oh-too- common lighting flashes overhead and Kale densely decides to explore some dark corners on his own. But what the movie lacks in complexity, it makes up for in witty jokes, sneaky jolts and a timeless lesson: If there are windows, someone’s always watching.

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