'The Curse' Review: A Mysterious Blend of Dark Comedy and Reality TV Satire
It's hard to classify the Showtime series "The Curse," which offers a unique blend of dark comedy and drama.
It satirizes popular HGTV shows such as "Love It or List It" and "Flip or Flop".
The series is co-created, co-written and co-starring Nathan Fielder, known for creating unconventional TV shows that blend dark comedy with questions of reality.
Other co-creator and co-star Benny Safdie is recognized for his work on extremely dark films such as "Good Time" and "Uncut Gems."
"The Curse" suits the styles of both Fielder and Safdie, with a dedicated performance from co-star Emma Stone. However the series remains intentionally elusive and mysterious.
Nathan Fielder and Emma Stone play Asher and Whitney Siegel a recently married couple starring in an HGTV pilot called "Flippanthropy".
In a pilot project, they attempt to transform Española, New Mexico into a city of "passive houses" with eco-friendly technology.
“The Curse” exposes the shallowness of its characters and the stubbornness of reality TV. It highlights the manipulative aspects of reality television.