The Bottom Line
- Some talented cast members who could eventually rise above the material
- Unique premise for a sitcom
- Caper storylines at odds with wacky tone
- Mostly one-dimensional characters
- Premise is unique but limited
- Premieres April 6, 2011, at 9:30 p.m. EST on Fox
- Stars Christian Slater, Bret Harrison, Trevor Moore, Odette Yustman, Alphonso McAuley
- Created by Adam F. Goldberg and Seth Gordon
Guide Review - 'Breaking In' Premiere
Slater plays the mysterious Oz, the head of an organization that’s hired to break into high-profile locations to test their security measures. So his people basically commit crimes in order to then report back to the victims about how things went down. It’s a quirky premise, but it’s also easy to see how it could get repetitive. In the pilot, at least, the whole heist is clearly secondary to the office interactions, in particular the travails of new employee Cameron (Bret Harrison) assimilating to the team. He gets hazed and is underestimated in his first big job, pretty much exactly what would happen to the same sort of character on any generic office sitcom. Worse, he totally falls in love with his hot female co-worker (Odette Yustman, successfully pulling off hotness) even though she has a jerk boyfriend. Anyone want to guess where this is going?
Harrison is decent as the put-upon new guy in the crazy company (essentially the same role he played on the short-lived The Loop), and Slater chews plenty of scenery as the crazy boss. But many of the jokes rely on lazy stereotypes (the “nerd” character played by Alphonso McAuley is especially egregious), and it’s hard to take the group’s missions seriously when the show barely gives them any screen time. With time to develop a better balance (and maybe booting Moore from the cast), Breaking In could be endearingly quirky, but for now it’s just a misfire.