Modern Family Season 4 Review “Best Men”

"Best Men" is the Modern Family industrial complex chugging away at full cylinders, or whatever the real version is of the metaphors I’m mixing with that statement. It exemplifies everything the show aims to be: dependable, occasionally funny; nothing radical to get overly excited about, but nothing horribly disappointing, either. Some of the jokes land, some don’t, and the same goes for the times the show shoots for earnest sentiment. And, in maybe the biggest shock of the episode, I actually laughed at something Lily said. It was her whisper at the end, in the fight with Elizabeth Banks. And Banks is as good a place as any to start. We’ve only seen Sal once before, but she feels like any recurring character out of any television comedy institution. If Modern Family keeps barreling forward, as all signs indicate it probably will, I’m certain we’ll see her again, with some flippant remark about her divorce setting the stage to let her play Ghost of Parties Past to Mitchell and Cam. Which is all perfectly fine; it’s a nice angle that’s worked before (like the series of gay bars they tried to attend in an earlier episode this season), and this time, it ends on a sweeter note, of appreciating things like lining your cabinets together. READ MORE...


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