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Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete Second and Final Season (DVD Review)

12 Aug, 2009 By: Kyra Kudick

Street 8/18/09
$39.99 three-DVD set
Not rated.
Stars Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Natalie Zea, Glenn Fitzgerald, Seth Gabel, Lucy Liu, Blair Underwood, Zoe McLellan, Jill Clayburgh.

Oh, the money. It was indeed both dirty and sexy. Unfortunately it was also both cheesy and silly, not to mention a tad predictable. This is likely why it was also canceled.

For those fans who so wanted to see Peter Krause in another hit show a la “Six Feet Under,” season two of “Dirty Sexy Money” was more like a bittersweet reminder of the short-lived “Sports Night.” And while “Sports Night” was a superior show to “Money,” they both ultimately fell victim to convoluted storylines mired in the overly complicated personal dramas of a few characters.

It is a shame, really. Because with its amazingly talented cast, “Money” should have been a success.

For those fans who missed parts of the second season (thanks to the writers strike and some bizarre air dates), watching the DVD is like attending a graduation ceremony. You remember the good times, marvel at the twists and turns of the journey, mourn the end, but mostly wonder what the future holds for your comrades.

I am particularly interested to see where Natalie Zea (Karen Darling) appears next. Karen was my favorite character, and it would seem I am not alone as there is an entire bonus featurette on Zea. The humorous “A Total Knockout: A Portrait of Natalie Zea” follows the actress on set for a day.

The other two featurettes — “Directing the Darlings,” which walks the audience through director Jamie Babbit’s turn at the helm, and “Dirty Sexy Crafty,” a strange look behind the scenes with craft services — are not particularly entertaining, although they are informative for those who are truly interested.

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