And she likes it.
Single Mom Seeking: As a single mom who's out there dating, I didn't want to like "Cougar Town," which premiered last night on ABC.
I've watched the previews and thought: "How mindless." When I read the Los Angeles Times review -- "ick" -- I was prepared to be disappointed.
Jules Cobb, a 40-year-old recently divorced mother of a teenage son and real estate broker is tackling dating and aging. But this isn't just ANY recently divorced mother. She's the oh-so-hot Courteney Cox.
C'mon now. In real life, would that babe Courtney have any trouble getting a date? Uh, no. Bring me back to reality, please.
As I said, I was totally prepared NOT to like this sitcom. I didn't want to laugh. But here's the truth: I did.
Co-created by "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence, the dialogue caught me off guard. Cox is not afraid to be a bit naughty -- and it's refreshing to see mainstream TV recognizing the fact that, yes, middle-aged women DO have sex.
When I read later that Cox's belly and arm flab in the bathroom mirror -- which she reveals in an early scene -- is her real body, I thought, "Go girl." In real life, she's also married to a man seven years her junior: David Arquette.
Here's what bugged me, however: the show is so demeaning toward divorced women. Jules Cobb is self-deprecating to the max. Does she ever stop criticizing herself?
Moreover, in reality, most single moms do not go around trying to pick up teenage boys or taking embarrassing photos. I cringed during that scene in which she brings a boy back from the bar and offers him crackers with peanut butter. But then, it was so ridiculous that you had to laugh.
Hey, you might relate a bit. I sure did.
So, did you watch "Cougar Town" last night? What did you think?
|Rachel Sarah, a.k.a. "Single Mom Seeking" blogs at SingleMomSeeking.com and co-founded SingleMommyHood.com, the first-ever website to offer "a whole new way to think about life."|