Rebecca Cole seems to have it all. She is single, lives in New York City, is a serious foodaholic, and has a cartoon that is a hit on her network. Esme is the alter ego of Rebecca in some ways, she is hip and fun and the teen that has it all.
Rebecca gives up much of her social life except her food to make this series a hit. She ignores friends and everything else. Then tragedy strikes first she finds out her best fiends and roommate is leaving for Massachusetts to become a birdwatcher, Indiana Mutual (a band) takes over the network, and the guy she is dating seems to be dating more than one person.
As Esme loses her glasses and everything else seems to spin out of control Rebecca loses her job. This means she moves in with her ex and is now job hunting. Follow her as she tries to deal with all of these issues. It becomes even funnier when she is helping her ex boyfriend cook for his new girlfriend, but has no love life of her own.
This report prepared by Tanya
Red Dress, Dec 2003, 12.95, 320 pp.
In New York City, “On the Verge” magazine names the cartoon Esme's Enlightenments a family icon. Not long afterward, the Family Channel orders cartoonist Rebecca Cole to develop a season's worth of Esme animation. Rebecca gives up much of her social life except her gourmand's delights to change from sixty second shorts to a feature length series for kids TV.
As her roommate leaves for Massachusetts, Indiana Mutual takes over the Family Channel. They decide to cut back on costs by letting excess folks go. Thus they fire Rebecca at the height of her success as they believe anyone can write and draw a child's cartoon. There also remains her ex boyfriend who serves an intermediate sexual purpose, but also blocks her from seeking something more meaningful (then sex?).
UP & OUT is a fun character driven look at the single life of a yuppie artist as she struggles with the 4 Fs (female style) - fame, firing, food, and friends, not in any order. The story line is lighthearted yet insightful because Rebecca carries it off with wit and intelligence. The support cast enables the audience to understand what makes the heroine and tick as Ariella Papa seems ON THE VERGE of stardom.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner