It’s fair to assume that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson told the story every time about how André the Giant, a colleague of his pro-wrestler father, brought him to ETSomeone said, “Wow, your life was going to be a great TV show”

Young Rock is that TV show that debuts tonight on NBC is a sitcom made in the spirit of The Wonder Years, or rather Fresh Off the Boat, considering that Nahnatchka Khan who started this ABC Series created, co-created these with Johnson in each episode, rock as an adult remembers an important moment of its youth that viewers can relive through extensive flashbacks Johnson’s younger days are divided into three categories: his time as a 10-year-old in the early 80s; his high school experience in the late 80s, when he was so mature for his age that school administrators assumed he was a grown man and possibly a narcot; and his time at the University of Miami in the early ’90s, playing on the soccer team that won a national championship As basic math may have suggested, four actors play the role of Dwayne Johnson: Adrian Groulx plays him at 10, Bradley Constant at 15, Uli Latukefu at the age of 18 to 20 and The Rock itself as an adult Because why put on a show about rock if you can’t at least partially cast the charming wrestler who became a movie star as yourself?

As charming as Johnson is, the parts of the show that focus on him as an adult are the weakest part of an otherwise cute and engaging family comedy.The pretext for all of the flashbacks is that Johnson in 2032 over interviews with Randall Park , who explicitly states that he has become and is no longer a broadcast journalist, is running for president and shares parts of his life story from the election campaign.While it is a cheeky allusion to Johnson’s own interest in presidential politics, the script of these scenes seems forced and a bit awkward

As soon as Young Rock turns the clock backwards, the show becomes a lot more fun for those who don’t know Johnson’s backstory and haven’t followed his future, fictional presidential campaign, thanks to Johnson’s unusual, yet somehow relatable upbringing and a cast of instantly likeable actors , he was raised by well-known wrestler dad Rocky Johnson (Joseph Lee Anderson) and hardworking mother Ata (Stacey Leilua), who continues to focus on paying the bills once Rocky’s ring appearances become less lucrative with The Family Drew frequently around – they lived in Hawaii, Nashville, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, among others – and in Johnson’s younger years when his father was still a well-known wrestler and his grandmother Lia (Ana Tuisila) worked as a wrestling promoter for Young Dwayne, then called Dewey Everyone who was in the early was surrounded by legends of the golden era of WWF 80’s was a wrestling fan may love this show only for its interest in conjuring up this time and its characters Junkyard Dog, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, the aforementioned André the Giant and the Wild Samoans, members of the large extended family of the Power slammers of rock are among the many showmen represented

While the absurdity of wrestling comes to the fore on the show – the pilot explains the importance of having a gimmick in this world – it’s also treated with the awe one would expect from someone who cared for in his ecosystem When young Dewey in a room surrounded by WWF fighters suggests that wrestling is a fake, he is lifted off the ground and severely punished by André the Giant (a convincing Matthew Willig) who tells him to never use the F-word

Khan and Johnson strike a balance between being honest with family needs and avoiding overly dark territory, especially in Johnson’s teenage years, money is so tight that Ata is considering buying a small box of a half and a half pinch Johnson admits that he also stole clothes to make his classmates believe his family was wealthy. As much gas as growing up in this unpredictable environment was, it clearly also created uncertainty and fear what Young Rock told us based on the findings of the older Johnson says more than it clearly shows to critics before the premiere at least in the three episodes

While all three actors who played Johnson in the 80s and 90s have a natural screen presence, it is Anderson and Leilua whose appearances are most recorded, also because they are most consistently performing in the time jumps.Rocky Johnson is cocky and vulnerable for ego inflation, but Anderson plays him with such gentle affability that it’s easy to see why people tend to loose him so much.An ear-to-ear grin from this guy will make you believe what he is Leilua, a New Zealand-based actress who got her first major American loan here, gives Ata just as much charisma as her husband, which her role as a supportive actress is in selling, even if your instincts tell you, loud and clear, that he’s exaggerating What makes her marriage a bit of a tragedy is that she exudes so much natural warmth that your eyes are drawn to her in every scene

Young Rock hits a few off-notes here and there. For one thing, it’s a little too difficult to draw digestible lessons from Johnson’s experiences. It’s best if it shows how the bizarre and the magical in wondrous, bumpy childhood of the star often coexisted that happens in the sixth episode, when André the Giant really needs 10-year-old Johnson to see E. The Extra-Terrestrial, a movie the child is dying to see “He eats candy and uses the phone, I have to see it! “he explains. When his two parents are busy, André comes in to spend the day with Dewey

The picture of the two in a theater – a little boy next to a giant who hides the line of sight of every audience behind him and cranes his neck to see even part of the heart – is crazy, absurd and touching that is the emotional trifecta that Young Rock is aiming for, and it seems to have the potential to hit rather than miss it

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Young Rock

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