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Two and a Half Men - The Complete Second Season - comedy television series DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones, Holland Taylor, Courtney Thorne-Smith
  Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD release: 06 September 2011   Runtime: 484 minutes
(2 discs)
Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Features: Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - English, Portuguese), Subtitles (English, French, Spanish), 16 episodes, Gag reel

Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer in *Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eighth Season* Before delving into the season, let's deal with eight-hundred-pound gorilla in the room. Yes, I mean Charlie Sheen. We won't stay too long on this, but it must be addressed. Yes, his television interviews were weird. The stuff about "tiger blood" and "winning" made for good Twitter fodder. And his relationship with two twenty-something - to be kind and politically correct, let's call them "actresses" - might seem strange for the average Joe, but by Hollywood standards, this is far and away not the most shocking thing.

If you remember the name Heidi Fleiss and the 1993 trial that goes along with it, then you know that this has been Charlie Sheen for quite some time. To end this segment before cutting to commercial, I'll just say that his personal life is his business, but there is no denying that Sheen and Jon Cryer made a great comedic team.

Onto the show. Let's face it; the dynamics of Two and a Half Men are changing; they have been for a couple seasons now. The half in Two and a Half Men had grown to three-quarters - little Jake Harper (Angus T. Jones) is eighteen years old in real life, so how much longer could he be considered half a man? Not too much. Eventually, they will all be grown men - albeit one being a very young man. The show is inching ever so closer to something more like Three Men.

Though season eight was cut short, the sitcom is just as laugh-out-loud, hilariously funny as the previous seasons. The two-disc set comes with all sixteen episodes:
  1. Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer in *Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eighth Season*Three girls and a guy named Bud
  2. A bottle of wine and a jackhammer
  3. A pudding-filled cactus
  4. Hookers, hookers, hookers
  5. The immortal Mr. Billy Joel
  6. Twanging your magic clanger
  7. The Crazy Bitch Gazette
  8. Springtime on a stick
  9. A good time in Central Africa
  10. Ow, ow, don't stop
  11. Dead from the waist down
  12. Chocolate diddlers or my puppy's dead
  13. Skunk, dog crap and ketchup
  14. Lookin' For Japanese subs
  15. Three hookers and a Philly cheesesteak
  16. That darn priest
The two-disc set is barebones - no extras to speak of - but that was to be expected given the behind-the-scenes tension.

Usually sitcoms have mini-themes for each season. For season eight of Two and a Half Men, it's that Alan Harper (Cryer) has finally, finally, finally decided to move out of Charlie Harper's (Sheen) Malibu beach house bachelor pad and move in with his girlfriend, Lyndsey, Melrose Place and According to Jim fame. But things don't turn out so well when Alan accidentally burns the house down, and they end up back living with Charlie.

Things with Charlie Harper haven't changed much. He is still the playboy, but there is a small arc where he cares for an intelligent woman named Michelle. Then a blast from the past shows up in Courtney (Jenny McCarthy). Evelyn (Holland Taylor), the Harper brothers' mother - continues to be brutally honest to both her sons, and there are some incredibly funny mother-sons moments that will have you bending over with laughter. The wacky, stalker-like, crazy neighbor Rose (Melanie Lynskey) gets married - sort of. Jake Harper does some crazy stuff in an attempt to make a homemade version of Jackass. And housekeeper Berta (Conchata Ferrell) continues to dispense her witty bits of wisdom to the brothers in her typical deadpan, no-nonsense style.

Despite the exit of Charlie Sheen and the shorter season, what you get is still great fun.
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reviewed by Bobby Blades
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