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Malcolm In The Middle 3

Monday, 11 February 2013 00:00
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Malcolm in the Middle - Series 3 on DVDMalcolm in the Middle is one of those series (of which there are seven to enjoy) that is so easy to watch that before you know it you have watched quite a few and missed the release deadline and find yourself writing a review a day late. It’s a bit like doing your homework in detention, except this is easy detention where you get to mess about because no teacher has turned up to supervise.

In this third series of the highly enjoyable peek at the lives of Malcolm and his family we are treated to Reece (Justin Berfield) going to high school, Francis (Christopher Masterson) leaving Military School and running away to Alaska, and Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan) looking after the school hamster ‘Bernard’.

Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) is a genius who attends special classes much to his disdain. He often talks directly to camera giving us an insight into his thoughts of the family which are generally negative.

The first episode sees the family on holiday in a houseboat with Malcolm best friend Stevie and his parents. Malcolm’s parents, Hal (the ever excellent Bryan Cranston) and Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) try to keep their boys in check whilst with Stevie’s and his parents, but it is Stevie’s parents who cause more problems.

Future delights for the observer of this probably truer to life than you would care to admit family include Malcolm getting a girlfriend, much to his parents disdain; the aforementioned ‘Bernard’ being freed by Dewey to save him from the school bully and Lois taking dance lessons.

Francis’ stories often run parallel to the main families; during the “Christmas” episode he is packed off to visit Lois’ mother, Ida (played with panache by Cloris Leachman). Ida is a grumpy, lonely old woman who appears to hate everyone. She has a jaded view of the world and does not welcome Francis into her home. They bicker constantly, but eventually part with a grudging respect for each other.

There are some marvellous deviations into surreal places. At one point Hal is looking after the boys alone and has an assortment of consciences telling him what to do, these manifest themselves as himself in ever smaller guises until he is surrounded by mini Hals berating his parenting skills.

Malcolm in the Middle is a consistently funny series. The situations the family find themselves in may be outlandish but there always seems to be a grain of reality. Anyone with siblings will appreciate the abject rivalry between the brothers, but when needed, they will join forces against their parents; Malcolm being the brains, Reece the brawn and Dewey the sweet angelic one.

Guest stars in this series include, Tom Green, Heidi Klum, Christina Ricci and Colin Ferguson.

Malcolm in the Middle – The Complete Third Series is out now, courtesy of Fabulous Films Ltd/ Freemantle Media Enterprises, has a running time of 484 minutes approx and carries a ‘12’ certificate. The retail prise is £29.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com  

 

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