In a sea of true crime documentaries and dark thrillers, it's tough to find the light across all of the various streaming services.
Prime Video gave us The Burial, and now Disney is offering Quiz Lady.
From screenwriter Jen D'Angelo, directed by Jessica Yu, and starring Awkwafina, Sandra Oh, Will Ferrell, and Holland Taylor, Quiz Lady is a breath of fresh air.
But what is it all about, and is it worth watching?
What Is Quiz Lady About?
Anne Yum (Awkwafina) has had a difficult life. Growing up with divorced parents, an older sister who left home when she was younger, and a gambling addict for a mother, she turned to the one thing that never let her down – her favourite game show, Can't Stop the Quiz.
Every day for decades, Anne tunes in with her pet dog, Mr. Linguini, and answers every question correctly. She's a quiz queen. But she's also lonely and isolated.
That is until one day, her sister Jenny (Sandra Oh) returns when they think their mother has died. She hasn't; she has just run away from her care home, leaving a trail of debts in her wake.
When Anne's beloved dog is kidnapped and held for ransom, the estranged sisters must work out how to clear their mother's gambling debts and get him back. So Jenny posts a viral video of Anne answering every question on the TV quiz, much to her horror.
But that video lands her an audition for the quiz, hosted by Terry McTeer (Will Ferrell), and the prize money could change her life.
So can Anne get over her fears and go on the show? Can she get Mr. Linguini back, and more importantly, can the sisters survive their cross-country trek so she can become a bona fide gameshow champion?
Quiz Lady Official Trailer
Is Quiz Lady Worth Watching?
I love both Awkwafina and Sandra Oh, and the second this dropped on Disney+, I watched it. And I'm so happy that I did.
From Awkwafina's delightful and nuanced performance as the shy and introverted Anne, to Sandra Oh playing the reckless sister and Holland Taylor playing the disgruntled next-door neighbour, all were playing against type, and it makes for a superb winning comedy directed by Jessica Yu.
It's so well-written, smart, and funny that even though the ending is fairly predictable, the journey to get there more than makes up for it.
Overall, Quiz Lady is a sweet and heartfelt comedy about living your best life and chasing your dreams, and it is wonderful.
Quiz Lady Movie Cast
Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as Anne Yum, a quiet and introverted
Will Ferrell as quiz show host Terry McTeer
Holland Taylor as Francine, who lives next door to Anne
Jason Schwartzman as Ron Heacock, the current quiz show champion
Tawny Newsome as Mercedes
Paul Reubens as Francine's crush who she thinks is Alan Cummings
Jon Park as Ken, the mob boss who is owed money
Tony Hale as Ben Franklin, the motel clerk
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