Oh expensive. You’ll nearly listen “Dateline’s” Keith Morrison earlier than he starts narrating “The Factor About Pam.”
In line with a chain of “Dateline” segments, the miniseries takes an arched eyebrow technique to the 2011 homicide of Betsy Faria. Intently following the “I, Tonya” playbook, it has a certain opinion, nevertheless it doesn’t believe the “actual” other folks in the back of this juiced-up tale.
With one thing like “Fargo,” there used to be no concern that anyone would query the heightened method. Right here, despite the fact that, it sort of feels somewhat off – in particular when legal professionals and members of the family are wrapped up within the “oh expensive” storytelling. Giving characters other names (now not not like “Regulation & Order”) may have helped promote a few of this idea.
As is, “The Factor About Pam” is a worrisome building within the quest for dramatic subject material. Must other people who aren’t on trial be subjected to the whims of Hollywood?
Renee Zellweger, who additionally produced the collection, stars as Pam Hupp, a reputedly open girl who befriends a co-worker who’s going via most cancers remedies. She tests in frequently and makes her good friend suppose she’s her bestie.
As Morrison spills out the plot, it turns into transparent Pam is in it for Pam. She’s excellent at masking her tracks (notice the cellular phone calls) and taking part in dumb the place it issues maximum. Packed in puffy coats (and definition-erasing prosthetics), Zellweger unearths the comedy and isn’t afraid to play it. She suggests Betsy’s husband might be liable for her good friend’s loss of life.