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up all night recapping: cool neighbors

Reagan and Chris Brinkley have new neighbors. They’re young, good-looking with “androgynous” haircuts, the husband Trent is Australian and they wear leather jackets to boot! The Brinkleys want to make a good impression on the new couple and show them that they are still as cool as they were before they were parents. Because who doesn’t want to be cool? Besides those people who strive no to be cool so people will think they are cool in a lame way. But I digress.

Leaving tequila on a neighbor’s front steps is a creepy/cool way to welcome them to the neighborhood because casserole is SO Leave It To Beaver. But then the neighbors invite Chris and Reagan to their home for a party. One which they can’t attend because they have no sitter. Elsewhere Ava is trying to understand why Amy doesn’t like her so she goes shopping with her assistant Missy (Jennifer Hall) to find the baby some gifts. Back at the Brinkley house¬† the party goes into the night, Chris and Reagan debate on whether or not to call the police on the new neighbors due to the loud music keeping the baby awake. They ultimately decide to call. Then they decide to go to the party and pretend to have been there for hours so they can keep up their appearance as a “cool” couple. They invite Calvin (Nick Cannon) over to babysit.

After some brief interactions at the party the police arrive and inform the new neighbors that they are responding to a noise complaint. Trent asks the police that if they turn the music off will the neighbors allow the party to continue. The police call the number that called in the complaint and Chris’ cell phone rings. Awkward. But the cool neighbors are parents-to-be so they understand. After a moment of couple introspection Chris and Reagan realize they don’t NEED to be the coolest couple on the block.


Reagan – “You really gotta cool it on the likes.”

Chris- “I can’t help it, alright. These thumbs up make me happy. Plus, a lot of these are ironic.”

Reagan- “Ironic is bad movies and malt liquor not J. Crew at The Grove and Lipitor.”

Chris- “…it lowers cholesterol.”


Ava- “Go get me that baby handbag.”

Missy- “I think it’s a coin purse.”


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judgement call: up all night

Up All Night focuses on the lives of a hard-working/partying couple as they adjust to the birth of their first child. Christina Applegate and Will Arnett star in the new comedy on NBC. Reagan (Applegate) is an executive for a televised talk hosted by the hilariously random Ava (Maya Rudolph) and Chris (Arnett) is an attorney who opted to be a stay-at-home dad.

Truth be told, when I hear Christina Applegate is showing up on a screen of any size I’ll usually have my eyes prepared somewhere nearby and Will Arnett is a versatile actor who can give you just enough douchebag as he can awkward, passive-aggressive sarcasm. I’ve just recently started appreciating Maya Rudolph for her humor on a consistent basis; I know she was a mainstay on SNL for nearly a decade but I feel that system sometimes makes people seem more comically inclined than they actually are.

I thought the couple was going to be facing comedic problems along the lines of “I forgot to wipe her before I put on a new pamper” but it seems as though the real focus is on how their lives are changing due to the child.¬† I’ll admit whenever parents can shell out swear words in the presence of newborns – never said I was a role model – you can count me in! I was indifferent in regards to Up All Night before viewing the pilot episode but I think my DVR is going to get a new weekly 30 minute treat.

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