Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life: Season 1 Episode 5 – Review

Last week’s life lesson from Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life had our “hero” searching for his phone. This week, the gorgeous girl Barry met at the party (How to Survive Losing Your Phone) is now his girlfriend in How to Survive Your Roommate’s Girlfriend.


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Last week’s life lesson from Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life had our “hero” searching for his phone. This week, the gorgeous girl Barry met at the party (How to Survive Losing Your Phone) is now his girlfriend in How to Survive Your Roommate’s Girlfriend. Thus far, this 20 something series, in which Barrett “teaches us” how not to handle life situations, keeps upping the stakes.

The previous episode had Barrett’s brother Josh get his new car set on fire (and it exploded) after being mugged by a group of skateboarding thugs.  Kelly gets in a bar fight, along side Josh’s wife Leslie, Barry meets Ashley (Kimberly Kevon Williams) and Cooper sets everything right with a visit to the home of the thugs’ leader, where he “tells” on the youngster. 

Now, Barry learns that his perfect new girlfriend has a father whose job description is “racketeer” and the lucky roomy has been offered a job in the family business. Josh, in his attempt to keep up with Gendelman, his main competition at the law firm, starts working for Ashley’s father.

Frank (Corey Reynolds) warms to his daughter’s new love interest and he welcomes Barry to the family mansion.  The “lovable jackass” now has  a butler who mixes his fizzy drinks and an electric robotic croquette club cart. 

Cooper does not trust the new girl in Barry’s life and he enlists Kelly and Neal to help reveal what this perfect catch is really up to.  As the  episode progresses, it is revealed that Frank is wanted by the FBI and the feds force Barry to wear a wire to facilitate the racketeer’s arrest.

Just when it seemed that blowing up the new dependable car that Josh (Justin Barthabought last week could not be topped,  “Girlfriend” raises the bar with a helicopter chasing the friends down darkened streets and a shoot-out between “baddies.”

Standout Moments:

Kelly (Meaghan Rath) confidently imitating Barry only to be told she is being racist and that she cannot impersonate him by both Cooper  (Jack Cutmore-Scottand Neal (Charlie Saxton). 

Barry (James Earlshowing up mid-impression and speaking, only to be told by Cooper that he does not sound like himself.

Barry wearing the wire and the entire sequence where he attends Frank’s meeting with Diego Marcon (Rogelio T. Ramos).

The shoot out.

Rice pudding.

Kelly Bishop’s impressions and the word “Splorange…”

Bishop, again, splitting off from the group before getting the “three-count” by Cooper.

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Seconds before Kelly splits from the group, mid-chase…

Overall Thoughts:

Last week the underlying plot point was the increasing amount of attraction between Kelly and Cooper, the main reason he had to get his phone back, but this week the “will-they-won’t-they” factor  takes a back seat to the Barry storyline.

In many ways Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life is the National Lampoon television series we have all been waiting for.  It could be said that the series applies to a niche demographic but those of us who remember all too well the extreme “cockiness” of our 20s can still find this not only funny, but endearing as well.

How to Survive Your Roommate’s Girlfriend, which could have been titled “How to Survive Your Lovable Jackass’s Girlfriend” proves once again what a real ensemble piece this sitcom is.  The only regular missing was the delightfully funny Liza Lapira (Con Man, Battle Creek) who plays Josh’s wife. 

Meaghan Rath continues to be the girl all the smart guys want and Cutmore-Scott the perfect blend of a new millennium Chevy Chase and Ryan Reynolds.

Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life airs Sundays on FOX.  Great viewing for those who remember their 20s or those who just passed them. Good for a giggle or two and so worth the time spent watching.

Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, http://MikesFilmTalk.com Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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