Framed and Big Little Lies

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 5, 2016 21:30:03 December 5, 2016 21:30:03

Back in September, the LA Times ran a 6 part true crime series about PTA moms called Framed. Did you read it? My eye was f-cked at the time with this and I went to a walk-in clinic that weekend and started reading it on my phone. You know what the wait times are at walk-in clinics. And I remember I didn’t mind. In fact, I may have wanted to wait even longer because I was so obsessed with the story. They’re now trying to turn it into a movie starring Julia Roberts. I don’t want to spoil it for you but, basically, this is the ultimate Mom War. And I was reminded of it when I watched the new trailer for HBO’s Big Little Lies, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.

The series premieres in February, based on Liane Moriarty’s book by the same name. I was excited about Big Little Lies when the first trailer dropped in October. As I noted then, this is competitive performance art, also called motherhood. It’s the impossible standard of family perfection. It’s this poster, which is brilliant:

But also, ultimately, Big Little Lies asks who are primary beneficiaries of these deceptions? Certainly not the women. I’m excited about this show. I’m excited too to hear how Reese Witherspoon will be talking about this show, given that she exists in an environment not unlike what her show is satirising. You don’t think this kind of behaviour exists in Beverly Hills? You don’t think these catty conversations happen at the school run in Brentwood?

Here's Reese at the LA premiere of Sing this weekend.


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