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Pam & Tommy’s First Look Review: Lily James’s Starring Is An Easy Blend of Comedy, Drama, and Thriller

What Pam & Tommy (Disney Plus) want to be? Despite their notoriety, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee not an obvious subject for an eight-episode bell and whistle biopic. Their union was short-lived and unhappy. The Baywatch Actress and drummer Motley Crue got married in Cancun in 1995, four days after they met. They had two sons, but divorced in 1998, when Lee was sentenced to six months in prison for assaulting her. In the public imagination, they are forever associated with the sex tape, made on their honeymoon and leaked by Rand Gauthier, a disgruntled contractor working at their home, who hit stole the tape and sold it. Not exactly a minute of laughter.

It became a delightful companion to the BBC A very British scandal, which uses a painful marriage with notorious sexual behavior at its heart to tell a broader story about class and gender relations in post-war Britain. In the opening scene of Pam & Tommy, we see Anderson (Lily James) on the Jay Leno talk show. He asked her about the tape, with the sort of person who knew about the dressing room. Is this a period piece that tells of the last moment before everyone and their uncles record all their activities, get dressed or otherwise and broadcast them 24/7 on the internet? Or perhaps it will be a nineties moral story in which Anderson is a kind of Britney supporter, objectified and exploited by every man she encounters.

It could develop into something like that. But for all Pam & Tommyreminiscent of the mid-1990s, complete with a satisfying soundtrack – I’ve noted Belinda Carlisle, Munk, Nine Inch Nails and Primal Scream – on the evidence of the first episode it’s a bit off-putting. Its ’90s commentary is marred by a curious mix of comedy, drama, and thriller. Before publicly focusing on Lily James’ transformation into Anderson, with the help of hair, makeup and – with keen eyes – possibly mystical prosthetics. As it will, I suppose. You don’t make biopics about Pam & Tommy if you don’t use her picture on the poster. James reported that she saw this as an opportunity to show the world her versatility and seemed to retain her voice between rounds.

However, she barely appears in the prologue. A glimpse of the now and then. We hear her a little more, especially in the first few minutes, although her hot voice doesn’t get much attention. She and Lee (Sebastian Stan) ran off invisibly upstairs, grumbling and cursing, to the distraction of workers trying to finish their house.

Chief among these contractors is Gauthier (Seth Rogen), here a carpenter, not an electrician as in real life. Rogen isn’t nearly as outlandish as James, shaved head in a curly mullet top and blue jeans, but he brings all his usual empathy to the part. Screenplay by Robert Siegel, who wrote the films Wrestler and Founder, portrays Gauthier as an honest, hard-working American who lives unlucky, in debt, and reduces the gloom of his life by smoking and masturbating. Tommy represents all that he is not: rich, dishonest, obnoxious, and with the ultimate trophy of the time, Pamela Anderson, by his side. Stan and James are not an ungrateful couple. Stan, with nothing but tattoo ink and a series of posing bags, comes in 11 pieces, fitting for the role, with the eerie glow of real darkness.

However, while Pam & Tommy Sometimes play it seriously, most of the time it is gratifying to stick to the laughs. An extended burglary scene, in which Gauthier intends to steal Lee’s safe as a “karma” for unpaid wages, could have come from another Rogen movie entirely. Pineapple Express, perhaps. This is not really Pam & Tommy – that is Rand. He might be a more believable character, but no one ever considered Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee for believability.

‘Pam & Tommy’ to premiere on Disney Plus on February 2nd

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Tom Vazquez

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