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United States of Tara

United States of Tara
April 22, 2010

Despite the boldfaced names behind the scenes -- Steven Spielberg! Diablo Cody! -- it's the woman at its center who ensures "United States of Tara" is more than a gimmick with a cutesy name. By turns oozing sexuality, vulnerability and confusion, Toni Collette gives Showtime's latest half-hour its buoyant pulse

and a credible shot at the accolades the channel covets. Although it flirts with the preciousness that proved an irritant in the Cody-scripted "Juno," there's an innate sweetness at the show's core that essentially says people become inured to all manner of strangeness in the context of family -- even a woman with four disparate personalities. (Variety.com)