The Curse is a new satirical black comedy created and produced by Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie, both known for a particularly awkward brand of entertainment. Emma Stone stars alongside Fielder and Safdie in the highly uncomfortable-to-watch 10-episode series about a couple in the midst of filming the pilot for their upcoming reality TV series.

Where can you watch The Curse in the UAE?

The Curse is now streaming on OSN+ in the UAE. Subscribing to OSN+ is AED 35 per month, but keep looking for yearly deals that drop the pricing considerably. There is also a free seven-day trial to decide if you’d like to be a paying subscriber.

The Curse review

2 /5
Pros:
  • Emma Stone

Cons:

  • Hard to watch
  • Overly awkward
  • Horrible characters

Newlyweds Whitney (Stone) and Asher (Fielder) Siegel are filming a new reality Home & Garden Television (HGTV) series, Flipanthropy, with the unscrupulous producer, Dougie (Safdie). The pair are working on developing sustainable housing in the small town of Espanola, New Mexico. As much as they like to believe their efforts are helping the local community, in reality, they’re simply making the area too expensive for them.

From the first few scenes, it becomes apparent that the versions of themselves Asher and Whitney show on screen are far from who they are. Whitney’s parents are known in the area as “slumlords” for the reprehensible way they treat tenants, but after being confronted about it in an interview, Asher goes to great lengths to stop the story from airing. 

When Asher gives a little girl selling Sprite in a parking lot $100 while the cameras are rolling, he forcibly takes it back as soon as he thinks he’s in the clear. Unsurprisingly, the little girl curses him. Soon enough, both Asher and Whitney become convinced that every misfortune happening in their lives is because of that supposed curse.

Too uncomfortable

The Curse is not easy or fun to watch. It’s excruciatingly awkward to the point of feeling like a chore. The scenes are far longer than they need to be, the characters are horrible human beings, and during each cringe-worthy segment, you can rest assured someone will say the worst thing a person could say in any situation. 

The filming style in this series is interesting. We get plenty of static distance shots, and oftentimes, the cameras creep in on the characters through the peephole. Close-ups are rare, and it almost feels like we’re watching a reality TV show about these characters making a reality TV show. There’s a lot of meta within the meta, and it’s likely to bring forth a sense of unease in the viewer. 

While the series does touch on important topics, including hypocrisy, gentrification, and the fakeness of reality TV, it’s also hard to follow or enjoy the series. That’s probably the point, but there’s a certain pompousness to making a show so uncomfortable that it can only be viewed and appreciated by a few critical voices. Case in point, there’s a stark contrast (93% vs. 30%) between the critics’ and the audience’s scores on Rotten Tomatoes

The Curse

The Curse is not a comedy, but it’s not exactly a good drama either, and I’m not convinced it’s supernatural in any way. It’s a pseudo-intellectual meta-analysis of current issues. While Emma Stone is brilliant with the script she’s been given, after squirming my way through the first two episodes, I will not tune in for the rest of the series. 

Lori C
Lori C

Lori C. is an entertainment writer who studied Film and Television at University. She watches and reviews films and series from most genres, but some of her favourites include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld, and True Blood.

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