‘As We See It’ review: Producer Jason Katims delivers Amazon’s touching coming-of-age look at life on the spectrum
Including stars who are undoubtedly on the spectrum, the program concentrates on 3 young people sharing an apartment or condo, managed by an assistant, Mandy (Sosie Bacon), who deeply appreciates them, while battling with a choice about whether to carry on in pursuit of another chance.
For the primary characters, things considered approved represent significant obstacles, whether that’s holding down a job — and suppressing the impulse to inform your employer that you’re smarter than he is, as Jack (Rick Glassman) performs in the best episode — or merely strolling to the corner, for Harrison (Albert Rutecki) a procedure made frightening by loud sounds like revving bikes or barking canines.
Violet (Sue Ann Pien), on the other hand, is operating at Arby’s, where the lack of the typical filters triggers her to ask out a man who is simply buying a sandwich.
“I’m 25, I want a boyfriend,” she discusses later on. “It’s normal to have a boyfriend, I want to be normal.”
However “normal” does not come naturally, and there’s the continuous concern that others will make the most of what open books these characters are. That’s an issue for Violet’s bro, Van (“Crazy Rich Asians'” Chris Pang), who is accountable for her with their moms and dads gone, and Jack’s father (Joe Mantegna), whose cancer medical diagnosis increases his apprehensions about not being around to care for him. “I need to know you’re going to be OK,” he informs his child.
“As We See It” has the bittersweet tone of an indie film, unfolding in 8 half-hour chapters. The efficiencies are downplayed and natural, and the circumstances periodically uneasy, with Violet discovering the difficult method that her work “friends” aren’t always individuals upon whom she can rely.
Like the latter program, this imaginary variation makes dating a main point of dispute, a procedure made substantially harder for individuals vulnerable to state precisely what they believe, and who can begin pondering wedding event invites at the very first indication of possible romantic interest.
“I’m very bad at reading signs,” Jack admits.
That he is. However when it pertains to depicting characters who, as the title recommends, see the world a little in a different way, “As We See It” is great in all the manner ins which matter.
“As We See It” premieres Jan. 21 on Amazon.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.