Queens for Many Boys premiered on Thursday night with an all-star, soapy and heartwarming cast, with returnees including Matt LeBlanc and Melanie Griffith. It turns out that there is a reason why the Queens of North London founded by esteemed businessman Derrick “Kiki” Edwards (LeBlanc) is so much better than his corporate friend Paul Hartwick (Paul Rudd).
For starters, he is gay and Paul knows it. That’s right. Edwards doesn’t marry anyone in his dealings as he has enough motivation to bring young women who “like rock music, but they don’t want to go home and watch Netflix after” into his dreams of a women’s clothing house. That’s definitely a hard thing to fathom.
What’s more, Kiki is married to Josie (Griffith), who has the important role of running the wholesale operation for Edwards’ customers. This fast-flowing love triangle complicates the already complicated “you’re my generation’s William (Lorne Michaels) or George (John Belushi)” affair between Paul and Josie.
Randall pulls the, uh, strings. The son of movie mogul Roger (Anthony LaPaglia), Randall joins the decampment to London after his grandfather dies. He learns the ropes quickly, starting out in a children’s clothes department just like his old man. He’s serious about work and dating, though, and soon becomes friends with Kiki, Paul and, more importantly, Josie. And in the words of a worried Paul, “Trust me, Randall.”
Credit, also, goes to Bridges, who acts as musical director and arranger. The songs live up to the high-concept themes of fantasy romance and “kids’ clothing” music. It’s cute and annoying at the same time.
Daley was funny and tenacious in the scene in which he contemplates running away to LA with Josie so she can pop her long-expected bubble.
He also made his friends and customers wait long for revenge, getting revenge on Paul’s sister (Amanda Peet) for allowing him into their business. Her payment was to befriend Randall and orchestrate his flight to LA. This felt a bit like a double entendre (nerd alert!), but also was a character moment in addition to being an insult.
Fans of the show’s precursor, Life on Mars, will be pleased to learn that death was not its end in the series, which launched in 2011 and won praise and Emmy nominations.