“My Mom, Your Dad” Review: College-Aged Kids Play Middle-Aged Matchmaker on HBO Max

Full Disclosure: I’m not a huge fan of ‘reality’ programming, although I’ve been known to hit ‘The Bachelor’ just in time to catch a gorgeous soap opera person crying and saying, ‘I am. Didn’t expect to find love on this trip ”, and I was watching“ Survivor ”at the time and had a mild addiction to“ Pawn Stars ”for a few years and I am aware that ‘there are real housewives and other 600 pound lives that haven’t done “Dance with the Stars” and every time I click on “Shark Tank” or “Undercover Boss” I have to watch for at least one or two segments, and –

OK FINE. Every now and then I succumb to the temptation to watch reality TV. Nonetheless, I didn’t expect to have much interest in the HBO Max series “My Mother, Your Father,” with its premise of grown children naming their middle-aged divorced parents for a retirement in the hope that ‘they will find love – but when I learned that the series was created by producer Greg Daniels of “The Office” and “Parks and Rec” and daughter of Daniels Haley, and would be hosted by Yvonne Orji of ” Insecure “, I decided to give it a ride. And I would be dangerous if I wasn’t drawn from the moment a group of kids in their late teens and early 20s dropped their parents off at home with hugs and kisses and their best. best wishes. They love their parents! Even though their parents are like SUPER old – I think some might even be over 50 – their kids believe there is still time for them to find love.

Go on. It’s pretty awesome.

Accompanied by the usual mix of synth-pop music, rapid-fire camera movements, drone shots, hot tubs, fabricated moments, and no doubt tons of edits designed to escalate the drama, “My Mom, Your Dad ”introduces us to parent-child combos, from Georgia and Florida, California and Kentucky, Maryland and Arizona. College-aged children are attractive and slightly clumsy and sincere; their parents are attractive and, finally, slightly awkward and sincere.

Yvonne Orji from “Insecure” presents “My Mom, Your Dad”.
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“My mom is the nicest, most genuine person I’ve met in life,” Whitney says of her mom Trish. “It’s time for her to meet someone who makes her feel like the most beautiful person in the world.”

Trish intervenes: “I’ve been married three times, but technically four times because I married my first one twice.”

Go on girl. Meanwhile, Alexandra tells her dad, Scott, “I have a dating tip: don’t talk about ‘Star Wars’,” while Breana says of her mom, Karen, “My mom always focuses on one guy and she just gets tunnel vision and misses all the red flags. (Dear parents of grown children: they maybe know you better than you think.)

After parents settle into their retreat and pair up for paint and sip dates, hot tub meetups, etc., their kids are locked in the ‘Kids’ Bunker’ downstairs. the road – and unbeknownst to parents, their children can monitor their activities on screens and can manipulate certain events. Let the cringe-worthy moments begin!

As is the case with many reality shows, twists and turns and “shocking” moments ensue. At least one parent will be doing an early release and we will meet new players. Connections are made, friendships are made – and there might even be a romance or two, culminating in a finale in which a few kids will be asked to bless their parents’ new relationships. It’s all a little contrived and pretty smooth and shameless – and I really hope there is a reunion show so we can find out what happened to Deneia and Philip and Karen and Troy and the rest, because ‘They deserve to find love even though they’re really, really old. Like 45.

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