This was a funny episode, but not a great one if you’re looking for something to watch with the kids. Our kids didn’t watch it, although I did hear Matt describing Undercover Boss to our oldest at breakfast this morning. Not sure if I was grumpier watching this because I had hopes of a good Star Wars sketch to share with the kids, or if I was just extra sensitive this week, but I didn’t put any in Word of Caution.
Three clips made it to the Fine for Kids category, but none are must-shares:
FINE FOR KIDS
Adam Driver Monologue – Adam Driver spends his monologue deflecting Star Wars questions from Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan. Not incredibly exciting, but he does a fine job. And now I’ve learned that Adam Driver was in the Marines, signing up after 9/11.
Republican Debate Cold Open – Maria Bartiromo (Cecily Strong) and Neil Cavuto (Kyle Mooney) moderate the latest Republican debate. But it’s six minutes and kind of boring.
Fred Armison’s Remembrance of David Bowie – A clean, sweet tribute to the legacy of David Bowie and the impact of SNL on the life a young person. Bowie’s performance was cut too short, though. Not sure why they didn’t show the entire performance.
And because this is a disappointing episode for the kids, here is a clip you CAN share. Matt found this clip that shows Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver working together before Star Wars- this clip is from Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) with Justin Timberlake:
WORD OF CAUTION
DEFINITELY NOT FOR KIDS
Golden Globes – After their parents (Vanessa Bayer, Adam Driver) tell them to go to bed in their Golden Globes acceptance speech, two kids (Kyle Mooney, Kate McKinnon) spend the night worrying when they’ll return. This and the other filmed sketch of the night, Undercover Boss, were probably my favorite pieces of the night. But these should not be mistaken for clean. Drug use and some crude language.
Aladdin – Aladdin (Adam Driver) and Princess Jasmine’s (Cecily Strong) magic carpet ride encounters some unexpected issues. One unfortunate phrase by Strong moved this down on the kid scale. Fun idea though. Beck Bennett and Leslie Jones helped the sketch.
NFL Playoff Game – Al Michaels (Beck Bennett) and Cris Collinsworth (Adam Driver) try to respectfully cover the horrific injury sustained by Green Bay Packers quarterback Jared Schleff (Pete Davidson) during a playoff game between the Packers and the Arizona Cardinals. AV Club suspected that this sketch was included as the show was pushed back to 12:30 due to the game. Just gross.
America’s Funniest Cats – Host Finn Raynal-Beads (Adam Driver) and his French counterparts, Joelle LaRue (Cecily Strong) and Noelle LeSoup (Kate McKinnon), take very different approaches to narrating cat videos. The thing that made it funny was watching the host do the voice of the cats. We’ve all seen cat home video with voice overs by terrible hosts, yet this one was a split screen of the cat and the host. That was funny. Cecily and Kate are hosts of a French version of the show. Their impressions are funny, but their comments are dark.
Awareness Seminar – A pair of speakers (Adam Driver, Cecily Strong) warn students about the dangers of social puppeteering. My kids don’t need to be aware of puppeteering.
Undercover Boss – Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) goes undercover as Matt, a radar technician, at Starkiller Base. Filmed piece. Taran Killam tweeted that he has written 5 Star Wars sketches this year and this is his favorite. I would rate it PG-13, then again, my 6 year old reminded me that The Force Awakens was PG-13. Still, did not share with the kids.
P*** Doctor – A young girl (Aidy Bryant) confuses a shoot starring Dr. Rockhard (Adam Driver) for an actual doctor’s office. I debated even linking this sketch, but ultimately decided to include it as a reminder that we need to be careful about deciding which sketches and clips are appropriate for our kids to watch. SNL is definitely NOT created for kids. Its our job to decide if and what we share with our kids.
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