Totally Completely Fine: Review

Totally Completely Fine: Review

Vivian Cunningham (Thomasin McKenzie) is a bit of a mess. She’s irresponsible, self-absorbed and doesn’t have much time for other people. Then one day her grandfather dies and it throws her life off balance as she finds out that she’s inherited his house.

When she moves in, she’s introduced to the neighbours and realises the predicament that her well-meaning grandfather has put her in. It turns out that the house is quite close to a popular place where people want to throw themselves off the nearest cliff. Not only that, but Vivian’s grandfather saved around two hundred people while he lived there. So, putting the responsibility into her hands, Vivian finds herself having to put herself before others.

Totally Completely Fine is an Australian comedy drama series on Sundance Now which deals with family, mental health and finding out that life is more complex than it seems on the surface. Among the people that Vivian meets is Amy (Contessa Treffone) a bride-to-be who wants to end it all, but after a rather unconventional confrontation with Vivian, she decides to be her roommate.



Other than that, Vivian has her family to deal with. Her brothers, Hendrix (Brandon McClelland) and John (Rowan Witt) seem to treat her very differently, Hendrix has emotional problems of his own and despite being an older brother, he seems to treat her like an emotional crutch. John however, resents how Vivian floats through life without a care and sees how she treats people. Either way it shows how family can be complicated, especially when you don’t know the whole story.

McKenzie, best known internationally from films such as Jojo Rabbit, Old and Last Night in Soho continues to show her remarkable range considering her age and once again shows that she can be a strong lead.

A show which could have been one note as Vivian tries to save somebody each week, ends up becoming far more nuanced though. As audiences gets to know her, they may realise that first impressions aren’t the best way to judge somebody.

A strong supporting cast with some laugh out loud moments, Totally Completely Fine manages to put together a cast that whilst dysfunctional, shows that there’s a little light in all of us.


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