Monday, March 30, 2020     Volume: 21, Issue: 4
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
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BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
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GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
GUILTY PLEASURES: GIRL MEETS WORLD (2014-2017)
HATEWATCH: 92ND ACADEMY AWARDS (2020)
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HATEWATCH: THE WITCHER (2019)
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
I STILL BELIEVE
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
JUST MERCY
KNIVES OUT
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
LITTLE WOMEN
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
MY HERO ACADEMIA: HEROES RISING
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
ONWARD
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CALL OF THE WILD
THE GENTLEMEN
THE HUNT
THE INVISIBLE MAN
THE LAST FULL MEASURE
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
THE WAY BACK
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UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: DOUBLE DRAGON (1994)
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
WESTWORLD (Season 3 debut)
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX

HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!


Where is it playing?: Netflix

What's it rated?: TV-PG

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

From the first time I heard about Nailed It!, I wanted to love this show more than I do. What’s not to love about a cooking competition that makes a point of embracing failure without (undue) shame? Unfortunately, like the icing on most of the contestants’ creations, the show’s a bit thin. But, also like any sugary drizzle on any confection anywhere, the seeming lack of perfection won’t stop me from consuming a bit too much in one sitting.

Lack of perfection is absolutely the point of Nailed It!, which is refreshing in the face of some of my favorite cooking competitions—namely The Great British Baking Show. My family and I have vainly entertained notions of attempting to bake the masterpieces shown on GBBS, but we know better by now. This is where Nailed It! succeeds—it gives me permission to ditch my inner perfectionist and just bake already. Last spring break, my girls and I, inspired after having watched too many Nailed It! episodes, tried our hands at fondant for the first time. I made a semblance of a rose, one daughter made a fairy door on our pink cake, and my other piped a purple ribbon of something flower-like around the top of the cake. Yeah, we nailed it.

The show also succeeds in being positive through and through, which makes it fun to watch with my 10- and 12-year-old daughters. The whole premise sets each show’s three contestants up for failure, and everyone knows it. The judges know it, the audience knows it, and the contestants themselves know it—though in the behind-the-scenes interviews, they come off like they know what they’re doing, and some are in flat-out denial about their inabilities. Hosts Nicole Byer and chef Jacques Torres, along with a guest judge each episode, do their best to not utterly freak out at the finished products, whether they’re horrifying, inedible displays or nearly recognizable confections. The judges all have something constructive, if not all-out positive, to say each time.

Where Nailed It! falls off the side of “bingeable” show and into the realm of “hate watch” is that it lacks much substance. It’s glitzy and funny (but it tries a bit too hard) and there are serious prizes ($10,000!) for the novice home chef with cupcake bakery dreams or whatnot. But it rings hollow, like it’s not depending on much more than its schtick and the inevitable kitchen disasters to carry it through each episode.

When it comes down to it, the vibe and humor are more like buttercream made with shortening and not real butter. But that never stopped me from eating the whole thing. I just don’t feel so great afterward. (three seasons, roughly 20 min. episodes)

—Andrea Rooks








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