United States of Tara – Season 1

Tara is a wife, a mother of two, and a mural artist. She also has Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.), so sometimes she can be T, a pot-smoking hyper sexual 15-year-old with a thong and chewing gum. Other times she can be Buck, a heavy drinker, smoker and gun-shooter with a loud and profane mouth. Or sometimes she can be Alice, a mouth-washing, piano playing Stepford housewife.

Her family, however, are not far from having D.I.D. themselves. Characterization is pretty great, and it gives way to both great comedic situations and decent dramatic elements. Toni Collette gives a great performance (my favorite alter-ego is Buck) that may be bordering a little bit on overacting, but still works for me. Diablo Cody’s lingo is everywhere, and sometimes makes me think that I can’t speak English anymore.

Overall, United States of Tara is not perfect, but is an interesting offering (not even through its half of the season), but we’ll have to see where it goes after Season 2.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

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