Rita

RitaSuggested by Brad Nelson • Following the life of a very outspoken and rebellious woman, Rita is a school teacher who is competent in the classroom, but seems to need a teacher of her own, when it comes to her personal life.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    This is a show for the more adventurous conservative. It’s set in Denmark so libtardism pervades it, as you would expect. Rita’s youngest son is “gay” and this is accepted with no more fanfare than if he said he wanted wheat instead of sourdough toast. There’s a little bit of push-back on this when Jeppe tires of one of his “love” partly because his “partner” is so chip-on-the-shoulder militant. There’s a scene of the two of them in Season 1, Episode 7, where they are walking hand-in-hand down a street in Denmark expecting and hoping for derisive looks. They get none. His “boyfriend” in particular is disappointed when he can’t provoke anyone, even when they stop and lip-lock in the middle of the street.

    I point this out because this is the worst of what you have to choke down when watching this series. And if that is too much for you, then you have been warned.

    But Rita is otherwise a somewhat thoughtful drama with interesting and slightly comical characters. This is a Netflix production of some kind. And unlike their meatier (and funnier, at least in the first season) Lilyhammer series, Rita (through the first seven episodes, anyway) does not poke much, if any, self-conscious fun at liberalism.

    But you do see people inside what one presumes is a typical Danish public school (Rita is a teacher) as fallible human beings grapple with the same problems, no matter what system you are working in. In that regard, Rita is interesting and the characters become quite fleshed out culminating in what I thought was the first genuinely good episode, “The Princess,” in Season One, Episode 7.

    It’s difficult to know how much self-conscious criticism goes into this series. Liberals typically are incapable of it. But the main character, Rita, is clearly shown to be somewhat child-like, a kind of hippie who has never really grown up. She has issues with her mother, children, and most co-workers because of her often childish or at least whimsical behavior.

    But she’s a hit with the kids. And I think the writers do represent a truth her in that regard. She doesn’t do all that well with adults but is good with kids. And in “The Princess” this culminates with her creating a fairy tale on-the-fly for the children in her classroom which is a paradigm for her life. This is very good writing in this one, but it’s based upon what has gone into fleshing out the characters before then. If you jumped right into this episode, not all that much would make sense.

    Rita’s own sassiness and combination of political correctness and political incorrectness makes her interesting. She mindlessly toes the lines on various libtard issues but is still inherently a rebel (a forever juvenile, if you get the drift). She smokes, for instance, which shows that this show isn’t meant to be a complete white-washing of reality and little more a “safe zone” for libtardism.

    It’s a mix. And it’s interesting to see how far gone the Danes are and yet how a show like this still is able to bring forward some timeless human truths and dramas. This is a character-driven series and most of the characters are very well acted and believable. Rita’s daughter is beautiful but apparently not very smart. Her eldest son is involved with a nice girl and, of course, Rita finds way to add conflict where none was needed.

    I’m not sure how long this series can hold up. I would expect it will begin to collapse upon itself. For now, it’s very watchable as a throw-away comedic drama. It’s subtitled in English.

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