No, it’s not a documentary on Miley Cyrus’ recent tabloid exploits.
It’s actually a modern dress version of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy by quirky, idiosyncratic film-maker Joss Whedon.
And once you get past familiar faces like Amy Acker, Fran Kranz and Reed Diamond speaking Shakespearean English in distinctly contemporary settings it all kinda works … in a quirky, idiosyncratic and distinctly Whedonesque way.
I’ve never thought of myself as a card-carrying Whedonian. But I have seen (and enoyed) most of the Buffy episodes, both seasons of Dollhouse, the Firefly movie, Cabin in the Woods …. heck, I even paid to see The Avengers in the theatre (So maybe I am a Joss Whedon fanboy. I’m just in a state of denial.)
Part of the reason the cast acts so natural in such challenging roles is that the actors trust Whedon implicitly.
In the process the various members of the cast learn something new about their craft and their own abilities within that craft.
For example, Nathan Fillion (Capt. Reynolds on Firefly) admits in a DVD featurette that he was initially nervous about tackling the project. He needn’t have worried. He and Tom Lenk (The Cabin in the Woods) make a great comedy team as doofus local law enforcement types.
This is Shakespeare without tears (and more than a few chuckles).