Mon­ster In-laws

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Bio Wel­come to the Aus­tralian pre­miere of the sec­ond sea­son of Mon­ster In-Laws. I want you to think of the peo­ple Amer­i­cans call trailer trash. Then, think of a mother-in-law so vile that she is pre­pared to go on cam­era and say: ‘‘ I’m go­ing to break up their mar­riage.’’ Well at least there’s noth­ing du­plic­i­tous about Khalood, a con­tender for evil mother-in-law of the cen­tury. As tonight’s episode be­gins, she is scream­ing ‘‘ get out of my f . . king house,’’ at her son-in-law, the man she refers to only as ‘‘ dummy Steve’’. Al­most im­me­di­ately, we flash back to ev­ery­thing that made sea­son one so classy. Lots of ‘‘ shut up, no you shut up’’, lots of anger, some tears and a few hugs. And th­ese peo­ple are back for more? I don’t un­der­stand the ap­peal of this pro­gram. I can’t for the life of me work out why peo­ple would want to watch a con­trived car ac­ci­dent pos­ing as a fam­ily’s real-life ups and downs. Are our own lives not dif­fi­cult, chal­leng­ing and stress­ful enough?

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