Modern Family Season 4 Review “The Future Dunphys”

There are times where Modern Family can stretch itself too thin in how separate each of its stories are, and "The Future Dunphys" veers close to this territory, pulling itself out only by some fun gimmickry, and the dependability of its actors’ performances. It had its weak spots, and still felt less than unified, but overall gave us a solid half hour of family TV comedy. The worst chunk of "The Future Dunphys," for me, was Manny and Jay’s adventures at private school, but this can be pretty much expected – it takes a lot of work for the show to make me back off my discomfort with Manny stories. And when I say discomfort, I mean it viscerally; his acting style feels so mannered and affected, which is how the character is written as well, and the piling up of affect tends to suffocate any chance of real comedy from that character. This night isn’t any different, and while Ed O’Neill tries valiantly, he can’t quite pull this third of the episode out of the dumps. READ MORE...


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