Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Mar 24, 2010

Kyle Chandler Comes Up in Parenthood Review

Parenthood compared to the portrayal of the Taylor family ...

"A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I look for anything that smells like Yo-Yo...

One of the best, most unexpected parts of "Friday Night Lights" is the portrayal of the Taylor family - not just the compelling equal partnership between Coach and Mrs. Coach, but how the two of them have dealt with teenage daughter Julie's growing pains over the last few years. And one of the stylistic trademarks Jason Katims and company took to that show, and specifically to depicting that family unit at the center, is how much is left unsaid in the dialogue and left to very expressive actors like Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton and Aimee Teegarden to convey. You learn as much about the Taylors' parenting style from what they don't say as from what they do.

"FNL" hasn't always been perfect in how it shows Julie's teen rebellion, but watching Haddie at odds with her parents, or Drew shrink in embarrassment at everyone trying to talk about masturbation with him(*), or Amber confront her mom about being spied on, I found myself wishing for less telling and more showing.

Kyle Chandler is the master at conveying a myriad of thoughts and feelings ... without uttering a single word.

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