Picks and Pans Review: Trailer Fabulous

updated 08/22/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/2005 01:00AM

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The home-makeover show premise gets the ultimate dumbing-down with this fun-moronic 10-episode series. Once you've arrived at a rapper named Brooks Buford overseeing a trailer reno that includes complimentary full-body massages for the men of the house, where is there left for a genre to go? Maybe redoing 24-hour convenience stores in the ancient style of the Parthenon...

In the premiere, the design team descends like hornets on a trailer in Moosic, Pa. The interior isn't all that ugly. It's better than the place Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah kicked and shot to splinters in Kill Bill Vol. 2. The end result, reached after tongue-in-cheek fights and anxiety over deadlines (missed), looks like the bar area of a bad boutique hotel, while outside the landscape artist Gino Panaro has planted a topiary bird decorated with a glass eye.

Perfecto!

Hunched, squinting, rasping his lines like a sailor prematurely aged roiling on a sea of loud music, Buford made me think of a young Daniel Day-Lewis deeply immersed in a role Daniel Day-Lewis would never ever play.

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