Thursday, June 13, 2024

“SNL” Bizarre, Unfunny Episode: Carey Mulligan Hosts, No Mention of Her Movie, Plus Kid Cudi Performs in A Sun Dress


Tonight’s Saturday Night Live was bizarre, that’s all I can say.

Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan hosted, to promote her movie “Promising Young Woman.” I was certain there would be one or more parodies of the film as sketches, at least some reference to it.

There was NONE. Nothing, Like it didn’t exist. And the movie comes from Focus Features, a division of NBC Universal, the network of “SNL.”

There wasn’t even an for the movie until the very end of the show.


Plus Kid Cudi, who cannot sing and doesn’t seem to be a rapper, was the musical guest. His second number was performed in a sun dress. I couldn’t tell if the shoes matched, or if he had a handbag to go with it.

“Weekend Update” was funny enough. A sketch about a couple in World War II with Mulligan and Mikey Day was very good. There was also a funny video parody of movies about lesbians, referencing films no one has seen. But nothing for “Promising Young Woman.”

The show is a mess. We’ll see what the ratings were, tomorrow.

PS My friend, journalist Steve Zeitchik, pointed out on Twitter that Mulligan’s monologue instead of reflecting the feminism of “Promising Young Woman,” relied on Carey’s husband, musician Marcus Mumford for some reason taking the spotlight.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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