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Entertainment Friends fans flood Twitter with praise for reunion show

13:11  27 may  2021
13:11  27 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Friends fans took to Twitter to detail their delight, tears and laughter on Thursday, when the eagerly-anticipated reunion hit streaming sites in the US and UK before being aired on-screen in the evening.

After months of waiting, fans saw the show's stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry, come together to be interviewed by James Corden and joined by a legion of stars to reflect on the iconic programme, which aired from 1994 to 2004.

Despite critics' comments regarding James' 'banal and tiresome' lines of questioning, fans, some of whom suffered a delay due to the HBO Go app crashing minutes after the stream began, managed to overlook this element as they live tweeted feelings towards the show.

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On the emotional elements, fans penned: 'Friends is also my go to show back in high school. It does have a special effect on people... The friends reunion ep is truly making me cry, I missed the show...

'I'm not crying, you are #FriendsReunion... Friends reunion is making me emotional... This friends reunion is everything I needed'... they literally couldn't find 6 better cast members than these 6 unbelievably amazing and talented people #FriendsReunion.. Now that I saw the reunion I remember how much I loved Friends'.

Many were then detailing their feelings towards particular moments, including Jennifer's reveal that she was told by a producer that she would not succeed by taking her role, with a viewer writing: 'Hope that producer who told Jennifer Aniston Friends wouldn't succeed is watching reunion #FriendsTheReunion'.

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Another responded to the fact that Matthew said he would have panic attacks about learning his lines amid his battles with mental health and addiction: 'Matthew Perry having panic attacks if he didn't nail the lines in the episode *sigh* totally understand the pressures in that regard (of work, etc)'.

In an incredibly moving element, fans stated that Friends helped save lives, in response to a comment made on the show, as they wrote: 'It’s the fact that the show friends has helped people through literal life problems...

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'It’s true. They were there for me when no one else was. They were my friends when i didn’t have one. These people saved me when i was in the toughest and lowest point of my life.'

After David admitted that he did not like Marcel the monkey, other users penned: 'I’m sorry but David schwimmer explaining why he didn’t like the monkey is hilarious.'

Despite glee from viewers, some critics branded the special 'bloated' and jammed with 'tiresome filler'.

James has been widely-panned for his interview while the lack of awareness towards the more problematic nature of the show set tongues wagging.

Entertainment Weekly gave the show a grade B in its sharp review, noting there were 'flashes of reunion magic' but added: 'Unfortunately, the bloated, 104-minute (!) special sandwiches these flashes of reunion magic between a lot of silly, tiresome filler...

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'Corden's interview is banal, though he manages to unearth one (obviously thoroughly vetted in advance) revelation about two of the stars.'

The Hollywood Reporter noted the Late Late Show host, 42, was only able to draw out 'superficial conversations' from the cast which resulted in 'glibness' rather than 'introspection.'

Deadline claims the reunion will satisfy 'hardcore' fans only, noting: 'If you don’t have a standing order at Central Perk, you’ll probably want to skip the much-hyped, almost two-hour-long shindig that is way more filler than killer, to put it kindly.'

The cast of the show received a reported $2.5M appearance fee for the TV special.

The New York Times called Corden's interview 'peripheral' in the 'sweet, shaggy special' but it gets 'better when it gets out of the cast's way and shows us what drew us to them, and them to each other.'

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NYT critic James Poniewozik wrote: 'There's plenty you won't hear about. The contentious contract negotiations...

'Criticisms of the show for casting mainly white actors; personal or health issues. When an audience member asks what the actors disliked about making the show, Corden jokingly chides, "Way to keep it positive!"'

a group of people sitting on a bench: THR noted the 42-year-old Late Late Show host (L) was only able to draw out 'superficial conversations' from the cast which resulted in 'glibness' rather than 'introspection' © Provided by Daily Mail THR noted the 42-year-old Late Late Show host (L) was only able to draw out 'superficial conversations' from the cast which resulted in 'glibness' rather than 'introspection' a group of people sitting on a bench: When an audience member asked what the actors disliked about making the show, Corden jokingly chided: 'Way to keep it positive!' © Provided by Daily Mail When an audience member asked what the actors disliked about making the show, Corden jokingly chided: 'Way to keep it positive!'

James likely got the gig thanks to the Friends: The Reunion director Ben Winston, who also happens to helm CBS' Late Late Show With James Corden.

Variety said the 'Corden weirdness eventually devolves into a fashion show that 'can only describe as "unhinged."'

'The live-audience component is ostensibly why HBO Max held off on producing the special earlier,' Variety critic Caroline Framke wrote. 'And yet throughout the reunion’s impressive run time of over an hour and a half, it also proves to be the least essential.'

Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow sitting posing for the camera: 'It felt like every night like I was going to die if they didn't laugh': Variety reported Matthew Perry (2-L) - whose addiction struggles impacted his time on the show - brought a 'palpable unease' to the special © Provided by Daily Mail 'It felt like every night like I was going to die if they didn't laugh': Variety reported Matthew Perry (2-L) - whose addiction struggles impacted his time on the show - brought a 'palpable unease' to the special

Framke said Matthew Perry - whose addiction struggles impacted his time on the show - brought a 'palpable unease' to the special.

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'When his castmates talk about staying in touch with each other, he cracks a joke about how he doesn't hear “from anyone” so dryly that it’s impossible to tell if it’s actually a joke,' Variety reported.

'Later, as the rest of the cast laughs about the takes they messed up and how the audience reacted, Perry remembers how he felt every night "like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh," and acknowledges that "it wasn't healthy, for sure."'

CNN called the 104-minute special 'big, slightly bloated, and unapologetically nostalgic valentine to fans.'

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: IndieWire noted: 'The opening shots are the most powerful by far, as each star walks through the studio doors into the recreated NYC apartments' © Provided by Daily Mail IndieWire noted: 'The opening shots are the most powerful by far, as each star walks through the studio doors into the recreated NYC apartments' David Schwimmer standing in front of a fence: Ben Travers wrote: 'Random celebs vouch for the show's bona fides, as if their fandom somehow speaks to the show's value: © Provided by Daily Mail Ben Travers wrote: 'Random celebs vouch for the show's bona fides, as if their fandom somehow speaks to the show's value:

'It's inevitably hard-pressed to justify the hype,' CNN critic Brian Lowry wrote.

'Working best when it lets the cast casually reminisce, while getting carried away with cameos, some of which, well, couldn't be more random.'

IndieWire gave it a grade of C- and said that 'hiring Corden as moderator is an immediate red flag.'

'Trotting out The Late Late Show host to toss softballs at the cast and cackle hysterically at mundane gossip is exactly the kind of thing that contributes to the perception of Friends as shallow and superficial,' IndieWire's Ben Travers wrote.

'Random celebs vouch for the show's bona fides, as if their fandom somehow speaks to the show's value: "Popular people endorsing a popular thing makes them both… more… popular?" Seriously: Why is David Beckham here?'

However, Travers noted: 'The opening shots are the most powerful by far, as each star walks through the studio doors into the recreated NYC apartments.'

Among the celebrity guest highlights were Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai being described by her best friend Vee Kativhu as 'Joey with a hint of Phoebe' and K-pop boyband BTS revealing they learned how to speak English watching Friends.

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Critics seemed to agree on the six stars' recapturing their chemistry during script readings of episodes 'The One Where Everybody Finds Out' and 'The One Where Ross Finds Out [That Rachel Likes Him].'

The Guardian's Lucy Mangan quipped: 'We can call it The One That Was Just Good Enough. The One That Was a Nostalgia Fest Not Revisionist History. The One That Did What It Needed to Do. The One That Was Fine.'

Also weighing in on James Corden's appearance was Adam Miller from Metro, who wrote: 'Concerns when James Corden was announced as host are understandable and, yes, the few minutes he yells questions to the cast like he’s filming an episode of Carpool Karaoke from the back of a jet engine could be done without...

text: Among the celebrity guest highlights were Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai being described by her best friend Vee Kativhu as 'Joey with a hint of Phoebe' and K-pop boyband BTS revealing they learned how to speak English watching Friends © Provided by Daily Mail Among the celebrity guest highlights were Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai being described by her best friend Vee Kativhu as 'Joey with a hint of Phoebe' and K-pop boyband BTS revealing they learned how to speak English watching Friends

'However, without him and his production company we wouldn’t have a reunion at all so it’s a price worth paying.'

While The Independent was praising of the cast's tender connection, the publication stated: ' Less successful are the reunion’s more celebrity-filled moments.

'Corden, who interviews the cast from the famous fountain they danced in for the show’s opening credits, is its Janice figure: an ear-splitting source of cringe everyone seems to be enduring rather than enjoying.

'He was presumably recruited based on the assumption that the reunion needed a moderator. Truthfully, though, the moments in which the cast just sit around and talk amongst themselves are often filled with far deeper and more introspective exchange.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Snapped back into fine form: Critics seemed to agree on the six stars' recapturing their chemistry during script readings of episodes 'The One Where Everybody Finds Out' and 'The One Where Ross Finds Out [That Rachel Likes Him]' © Provided by Daily Mail Snapped back into fine form: Critics seemed to agree on the six stars' recapturing their chemistry during script readings of episodes 'The One Where Everybody Finds Out' and 'The One Where Ross Finds Out [That Rachel Likes Him]' Read more

Houston seethes over being frozen out of federal flood funds .
HOUSTON (AP) — Residents of the East Aldine neighborhood of Houston are tired of their homes flooding during hurricanes and of worrying every time it rains because their streets and waterways don't drain well. Like the rest of the Houston area, East Aldine was hammered in 2017 by Hurricane Harvey, which caused an estimated $125 billion in damage throughout the state but nowhere more than in the nation's fourth-largest city and surrounding Harris County. East Aldine residents had to flee their homes through chest-high water, many carrying their children on their shoulders as they sought higher ground.

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