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Two and a Half Men Review: "People Who Love Peepholes"

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So it's week two of Ashton Kutcher taking over for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men - or Alan and Friends, as I like to affectionately call it. As of tonight, that is.

While Kutcher has grown on me slightly since last week (which isn't saying much) the show still just feels a little off.

Cleaning Up Walden

There were plenty of scenes in Men's previous eight seasons that did not feature Charlie, so I'm not even just blaming his absence. "People Who Love Peepholes" just didn't feel like Two and a Half Men. For example, take Berta.

I'm a huge Berta fan, but for some reason, they decided to give her a voiceover this week. When you're already going through such a huge change like swapping out your main star, do you really have to change up the format on us?

Tonight, we also met Walden's much talked about ex-girlfriend, Bridget, played by Judy Greer. I'm not convinced you're going to find a bigger Greer fan (just check my Facebook profile picture!), but I have to say... this casting just felt off.

Maybe I'm just getting cynical, but the ages feel out of whack on this show. Alan (Jon Cryer: 46) is now suddenly BFFs with Walden (Ashton Kutcher: 33), who used to date Bridget (Judy Greer: 36).

Yes, I realize Greer isn't much older than Kutcher, who's clearly no stranger to older women, but Hollywood always casts younger women and they've made me used to it. And Alan feels way too old to be hanging out with Peter Pan (though his house made me think much more MJ).

Before I offend too many people, I'm going to bring this review to a close. I'm glad the episode ended with Alan moving back into the Malibu beach house. We got that hurdle out of the way.

Now we just need to find a way to make Walen less idiotic and more likable. Then, we need to find a better form of comedic chemistry between Cryer and Kutcher.

There will never be perfect dynamic between the Harper brothers.  But we need to do a little better than tonight if this show is going to last more than the season.

Review

Editor Rating: 2.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 1.6 / 5.0 (1147 Votes)

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Charlie does everything that a guy is not supposed to but secretly wishes to... Walden, just another version of Alan. Boring...

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new 2.5 men will die. the show is a struggle to watch. i prefer to watch re-runs and still get a laugh. show business EGO what a shame

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Way to ruin an awesome show. I cannot describe the disappointment in the death of a great comedy.
Please just stop,, and burn the 2011 episodes so they don't taint the reruns. And by TAINT I mean they smell like ass!

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The series is never the same! I mean the Harper brothers were family and they used to diss each other all the time & even the chemistry between them was great! But now with charlie outta the way & since ashton is playing an entirely different role its not that funny. For example when their mom used to come Alan & charlie used to hate it but now we got nothing of that sort. And Alan now can't take things like he used to take from charlie!
It was a sad ending when that idiotic chuck lorre kicked charlie outta the way. I love 2 and a half men and I will continue watching & I'm sure others are watching it because we all have been watching it for a really long time & its part of us & we miss it. But I'll be surprised if this new 2 and a half men will continue more than this season!

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Poor excuse for a replacement love Ashton but not the same
Just watch the re-runs

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CHUCK LORRE YOUR AN IDIOT

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Loved the old 2.5, but seriously this new one with Ashton is meant to be the replacement that will take it another 7 seasons?..now that's good comedy..Like many I gave the new chapter a go, the 1st episode had slight promise, but new it's like watching a blind mine disposal soldier feeling his way through a minefield with his foot...You cringe as each foot (episode) is stepped, and you just know that in might be in 1 step or 3 steps, but you know what the end will be!

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I gave this show in honest try, but there is nothing funny about two men (Ashton, and charlie's brother) getting constantly treated like crap by women.
I cannot forsee this show retaining its male audience. The old two and a half men was a perfect Ying and Yang of relationships. Charlie was the alpha male who got hot chicks but no steady girl. Allen was the romantic love sick puppy who just can't realize that nice guys finish last. Now the show is two nice guys getting treated like sh*t by chicks, and Berta is the most male one in the house. If something doesn't change, this will be the last season.

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Didn't read all the comments but it think I can conclude that if you LOVED Charlie you're not going to love the new Two and Half Men-BECAUSE HE'S NOT IN IT SO STOP RAGGING ON THE SHOW AND WATCH SOMETHING ELSE!! The whole Charlie thing was getting old anyways-the hookers, the drinking, the nabs at his bother, mother and nephew, they even tried to put him into serious relationships more than once,which we knew would never work and the thing with Rose-talk about beating a dead horse. So out with the old and in with the young! My only gripe(and it's a rather large one!) Why the hell did they bring back Judy Greer(no offense to her as an actress)to play Bridget!does no one remember that she played Herb's sister in Season 4. I know this show has recycled plenty of actors over the years but the show could have scored some big points if they had of got somebody else. Also I wish they would give Angus a larger role, I think his character is funny as hell!

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OMG! this is the worst attempt at "substitution" I have ever seen. My husband and I are huge charlie fans. we even called the show Charlie. Hey, don't forget to record "Charlie" and we watch all the re-runs. We decided to give the new show a chance. I told him we should watch 3 episodes and if we could make it through those we could decide if we would continue. When I got home from work Monday, he said, I watched part of tonight's episode and couldn't take anymore. you watch it and decide if we should continue recording it. I watched 10 minutes and couldn't continue. This is the worst writing I have ever seen. PLEASE CANCEL THIS NONSENSE! This is not fit for a 5 year old, much less any adult.

Two and a Half Men Season 9 Episode 2 Quotes

When i was in high school, I was dating a poster of Molly Ringwald.

Alan

You're young, you're rich, you got a face that gives women an erection.

Alan