NBC's 'The Slap' stings with overkill

February 11, 2015 9:39 PM

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Clearly the struggling souls in NBC's The Slap (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET/PT, * ½ stars out of four) live life more fully and feel things more keenly than we common folk.

Consider that the slap in question, delivered by a party guest to another couple's child, goes way beyond a reprimand — he rears back like he's trying to launch the boy into space. As for the parents' reaction, it's not just anger; it's fury tinged with cosmic despair.

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