BEING THE RICARDOS – Review by T.J. Callahan

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LoooCeee, you have some splainin to do about what really went on backstage at the I Love Lucy Show in Being the Ricardos. Writer/director, Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing and A Few Good Men fame, makes sure we can handle the truth about the beloved comedienne and her tumultuous relationship with her Cuban band leader husband. Sorkin puts us on the set and behind the scenes during one hectic week of filming in the E! True Hollywood Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Nicole Kidman does right by the redhead, but she’s more the real Lucille than the zany Lucy. Javier Bardem perfects Desi’s larger than life personality. But it’s J.K. Simmons as William Frawley and Nina Aranda as Vivian Vance who steal their scenes. Don’t watch if you are expecting Lucy & Ricky & Ethel & Fred. It’s Being the Ricardos, not an I Love Lucy reenactment. For what is worth, daughter Lucie Arnaz gives the film of her family’s two thumbs up, but MY Ricky gives Being the Ricardos two eyes shut. He slept through the whole movie. I liked it though, even if I didn’t really learn anything new. In theaters now and on Amazon Prime December 21st

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.