Magazine article Variety

Ones of a Kind

Magazine article Variety

Ones of a Kind

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The unique ones come in two broad categories.

The Holy Terrors bring attitude. Garage jockeys Chico Rodriguez and Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli effortlessly seize attention the moment they swagger into a room. What propels these peacocks is sheer hormones, but whether the romantic come-on is as smooth as that of Vinnie Barbarino or as brash as the good times-lovin' James "J.J." Evans, their effect on us is nothing less than dy-no-mite.

At the extremes, their impact is positively nitroglycerin. Carrie Bradshaw's Big never balks at indulging his big appetites. Coach Sue Sylvester and Eric Cartman aren't just the straws that stir the drink: They gulp down the beverage before anyone can take a sip.

Occasionally a Holy Terror may be assigned a vulnerable moment, but honestly, isn't it more fun when a Louie De Palma resists sentimentality and sends life a big, fat raspberry?

Untouched by negativity are the Holy Fools, drifting within a reality forged in their own heads. To savants like Sheldon Cooper or Steve Urkel, the world is exactly as they'd have it: no arguments, please. …

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