The Pitch: In God’s Favourite Fool, Clark (collection creator and author Ben Falcone) is a dopey middle-aged single man who walks into his yard at some point searching for his cat Skittles, and is struck by lightning. Not solely does he survive, however different weird issues quickly begin taking place. When he’s blissful, his complete physique glows like he’s a human lightbulb, and one in every of his favourite songs, “Signal of the Occasions” by Harry Types, begins magically wafting by way of the air.
Clark’s co-workers discover his otherworldly powers first, particularly his longtime workplace crush Amily (Melissa McCarthy). The unusual scenario brings them nearer, however on their first date, he begins glowing in public for the primary time. Bystanders get out their telephones and movie the luminescent Clark, and the viral movies flip him into an in a single day movie star. Quickly, an angel named Chamuel (Yanic Tuesdale) seems from out of the sky to tell Clark that he’s a prophet, chosen by God to stop the apocalypse. Clark doesn’t know the way he’s supposed to do that, although, so he runs by way of a collection of unsuccessful makes an attempt to unfold God’s message by way of skywriting and TikToks.
Clark battles the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse within the grocery store, fights off the protesters and reporters that crowd round his house, and retains going to his workplace and making an attempt to retain slightly day-to-day normalcy. And when God does lastly present as much as clarify Clark’s mission, she stays frustratingly imprecise and cryptic, however she at the very least brings him some Starbucks.
Energy Couple: God’s Favourite Fool is the primary starring automobile for Ben Falcone, finest often called co-star Melissa McCarthy’s husband. They’ve been married since 2005, when she was nonetheless a supporting participant on Gilmore Women, and have two youngsters collectively. And within the decade since Bridesmaids launched McCarthy as a serious film star, Falcone has been her main artistic accomplice, directing 5 of her movies, most of which they co-wrote.
Tammy, The Boss, and Lifetime of the Occasion had been all field workplace hits, however they weren’t significantly massive ones by McCarthy’s requirements. And the Falcone collaborations have constantly been a few of her most poorly reviewed tasks – 31% is the most effective any of their motion pictures, 2018’s Superintelligence, has gotten on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ben Falcone is a bland however genial display presence, and he is aware of it. The entire level of the collection is that no one is aware of why God would converse to humankind by way of an in any other case unremarkable white American man with a useless finish office-job. And Falcone is at his funniest when he’s a shy, stammering mess. Even when Clark will get up the nerve to ask out Amily, he makes it as awkward as potential: “In a non-harassment method within the office, I wished simply to say that I believe that you just’re not ugly, in an attractiveness method.”
Unsurprisingly, Falcone cedes the highlight to his extra well-known partner fairly typically in God’s Favourite Fool. Amily is a well-recognized sort of Melissa McCarthy character: loud and uninhibited, consuming from a flask within the workplace, and listening to Rush whereas racing a scooter round city like a Hell’s Angel.
In its finest moments, God’s Favourite Fool is a office sitcom the place Clark and Amily bond with their officemates over their uncommon predicament, casually discussing the approaching finish of the world within the breakroom and the workplace lavatory. And so they have a likeable supporting forged that features the argumentative Tom (Chris Sandiford) and the considerate Wendy (Ana Scotney, the one Australian in the primary forged even supposing the complete collection was shot in New South Wales).