On DVD this week from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment comes the newest successful television show that’s “Fresh Off the Boat.”
The series is based on the life of Eddie Huang, a chef and foodie who wrote Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir. The book tells the story of Eddie’s Taiwanese family who has taken it from book to screen as the show’s creator and producer.
In the series we are introduced to Eddie (Hudson Yang) and family as the young man narrates his younger years. Moving from Washington, D.C. in 1995 to Orlando Florida isn’t going over so well with the family. Mom Jessica (Constance Wu) makes it clear she isn’t thrilled as Dad Louis (Randall Park) makes it clear it’s necessary for the success of their steakhouse.
Brothers Evan (Ian Chen) and Emery (Forrest Wheeler) just go with the flow. Quietly observing is Grandma Huang (Lucille Soong), but don’t believe she’s quiet for long. Moving into their new home, Jessica is freaked out by the neighbors, Eddie doesn’t fit in at school yet Emery has no problem.
Jessica tries to teach the boys, then works at the restaurant but finds she is good at selling real estate. Trying to get along with the neighbor women, she finds friendship with Honey (Chelsey Crisp) who likes her cooking.
Meanwhile Louis is having problems getting customers into Cattleman’s Ranch. He tries advertising, having a block party and even enlisting Eddie to wear a mustache and sell fajitas.
Eddie discovers that Honey has a daughter Nicole (Luna Blaise) who won’t give him the time of day. Of course this makes him ga-ga for her all the more. Friends Trent (Trevor Larcom), Brian (Dash Williams) and trouble maker Brock (Brady Tutton) are watching his every move. Watching even more so is Walter (Prophet Bolden), a very intelligent young man who doesn’t understand the dynamics of the group.
When Jessica’s sister decides to come for a visit, she and Louis decide it’s time to beef up the house and get success perms to make sure the family sees how well they are doing. Continually trying to out-do one another can be exhausting!
Eddie tests the limits when his Dad tries to explain white lies to him only to have it all turn around with Scottie Pippen coming to their home. Constantly feeling like her family is forgetting their heritage Jessica demands that Eddie defend China which doesn’t turn out quite like the family would expect.
Yang as Eddie is hilarious! Trying to constantly explain to his mother why he dresses as he does and likes rap music keeps me laughing. He can’t get enough of Notorious B.I.G., Wu Tang Clan and NAS believing it should be an ice breaker but it doesn’t always happen.
Park as Louis is trying to make something of himself for his family. Not happy with his job in D.C. as a furniture salesman for his brother-in-law, he sees Cattleman’s Ranch as something of his own. The problem is now that wife Jessica is near, success is even more stressful. Park under the hair dryer is a riot!
Wu as Jessica can’t deal with the neighborhood women on skates who only want to talk about the show Melrose Place. Her speech on the acceptance of dog poop cracks me up. I have to say one thing about Wu’s character, pay attention because her thought process moves at lightening speed.
Wheeler as Emery is the charmer of the family. Every time he is on screen it’s with another girl or two. He just has a way with people that the other members of his family don’t. Wheeler’s character is straight forward and doesn’t have any problems at all.
Chen as Evan is lactose intolerant and Soong as Grandma says what needs to be said and plays a mean hand of cards. Crisp as Honey doesn’t mind being different and Blaise as Nicole ignores Eddie until Eddie gets sound relationship advice – surprisingly from his Dad!
Paul Scheer as Cattleman Mitch puts in an appearance and Jillian Armenante as Nancy is as depressing as any waitress I’ve ever seen!
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give Fresh Off the Boat: The Complete First Season four tubs of popcorn out of five. Watching this family try to assimilate at a time when it was difficult, Huang brings the comedy of it straight into our homes. Each of the characters have such a life of their own yet mesh together brilliantly.
The series also uses the soundtrack of the time along with cars, homes, clothing and everything that is the 90’s. It’s a lot of fun to see and hear it all again and through the eyes of Eddie and his family.
The DVD comes with all 13 episodes and also brings special features with Fresh Facts Trivia Track and a Gag Reel that is equally as funny as the series itself. Fresh Off the Boat is now in its second season!
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