BEING MARY TYLER MOORE – Review by T.J. Callahan

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Being Mary Tyler Moore: She had spunk.

Beginning May 26th, we’ll be able to watch a new edition of a show starring Mary Tyler Moore from the coziness of our couches just like the good old days. Thanks to HBO and Moore’s surviving husband Dr. Robert Levine, they’ve produced the documentary Being Mary Tyler Moore.

Chronicling the beloved actresses life, loves and legacy, Being Mary Tyler Moore takes us from her introduction to television audiences as the pixie, Happy Hotpoint through her groundbreaking characters that gave women around the world spunk as well.

Moore burst onto the scene when women were still depicted as homemakers on the tube. To paraphrase Gloria Steinem, if aliens watched American television they’d think women were servants, sex crazed and man junkies. Mary Tyler Moore changed all that, She believed women were human beings first, wives and mothers second.

In Being Mary Tyler Moore, the viewer is treated to never before seen home videos, clips from her movie and TV appearances and interviews with her family, co-stars, producers and directors. The documentary reminds us how influential Laura Petrie and Mary Richards really were because Moore shifted how we perceived women in this country and changed the language of television thanks to the employment of female writers on her show.

Reminiscing about the good times and a favorite star is always an enjoyable and heartwarming experience, but Being Mary Tyler Moore is best when we see her vulnerability. The trials and tribulations that let us know that she was just like all women, except she was able to use her star power to pave a clearer path for those behind her.

I have to admit I shed a few tears, happy and sad. Mary Tyler Moore really did turn the world on with her smile and with a documentary about her life, I guess she made it after all.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. 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 The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. 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 Friday and Saturdays on and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.