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The Deuce Recap Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”

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The Deuce Recap: Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”

Paul Schiraldi

The Deuce Recap: Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”

Fans of David Simon’s The Wire won’t be surprised that the pilot episode of The Deuce lacks a singular inciting event designed to ensure audience retention. In the place of narrative hooks, the episode thoroughly maps the ecosystem of vice that was 1970s New York City, and beckons us to explore a ruinous Times Square alongside a sprawling cast of vibrant characters.

The Scarlet V: Adventureland

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The Scarlet V: <em>Adventureland</em>
The Scarlet V: <em>Adventureland</em>

Like some of Cameron Crowe’s earliest films—his most perceptive looks at romantic triumphs and travails in a specific time period, both in society and in someone’s life—Greg Mottola’s Adventureland is a sweet-hearted study of romance among college grads coping with their new independence in the summer of 1987. Thankfully, the movie also leaves behind some of the vulgar crassness that seems to always work in Judd Apatow’s films (Knocked Up et al.), but which felt strangely out of place in Mottola’s gentler Superbad (2007). Credit much of the movie’s resonance to its cast, each of them investing easily identifiable personae with some surprising gravitas.