The Curse TV Review: Emma Stone, Nathan Fielder, and Benny Safdie Deliver Unparalleled Uncomfort in 2023

The Curse TV Review Emma Stone and Nathan Fielder togather
The Curse TV Review Emma Stone and Nathan Fielder togather

Emma Stone’s Brilliance in New Series

In a new TV series featuring the talents of Emma Stone, Nathan Fielder, and Benny Safdie, witnessing Emma Stone’s latest central role is like embarking on a journey at any twist of the award-winning stars’ captivating portraits. Viewers will have to pay a hefty price: they’ll likely find themselves sitting in uncomfortable situations, as Odyssey leads us through the artistry of two creators who have mastered the skill of captivating audiences.

The Curse: Nathan Fielder, Safdie, and a Reality TV Transformation

The show, “The Curse,” is a collaboration between Nathan Fielder and Beanie Safdie, delving into the life experiences of both men. Safdie’s passion for decorating and embellishing shoes led him to a chance encounter with a stranger who claimed he couldn’t pay him any money and was subsequently cursed. (After a nearby ATM tour, Hex was lifted.) 

These transformations shape the narrative of “The Curse,” featuring Nathan Fielder and Stone in the roles of Asher and Whitney Segal, a couple in New Mexico trying to transform their property in a reality show. Safdie plays the despicable producer, Dougie.

Nathan Fielder, Safdie, and a Reality TV Transformation
Nathan Fielder, Safdie, and a Reality TV Transformation

“Cursed” also involves shared sensitivities. Safdie has directed a series of films (“Good Time,” “Uncut Gems”) centered around unsavory central characters who often meet their demise, featuring mostly first-time actors. On the other hand, Nathan Fielder has built a career blurring the lines between reality and fiction through shows like “Nathan for You” and “Nathan for You,” revealing the blurred lines between truth and fiction through clever storytelling.

The Curse: Nathan Fielder Scripts, Safdie TV Showcase

“The Curse” opens up new frontiers for every artist, bringing Nathan Fielder into the realm of scriptwriting and showcasing Safdie on television, away from his preferred locations of New York, his father’s city, and the preferred setting for his films. Themes and motifs of the creators, Thoms and M.O., are well known – a promise for enthusiasts and a warning for the uninitiated.

Originally advertised as a half-hour comedy, “The Curse” unfolds as an hour-long drama over its 10-episode season. Nathan Fielder directs seven episodes, while the remaining three collaborate with brothers Dewey and Nathan Zellner. Nathan Fielder’s previous work is compact and episode-driven, facing the eerie challenges of his assistant confronting terrifying visions with a compact narrative and voiceover.

The Curse: Artistic Tensions and Business Struggles

The “Curse” also explores the unsettling similarities between artist Doug Aitken’s work and architect Dougie, who creates self-sufficient spaces with mirror-like features. Whitney has built her identity against the opposition of her parents (Constanze Schlemmer and Corbin Bronson), shameless capitalists who left “Cuttyhunk.” 

Whitney believes she can earn money, win design awards that help the environment and benefit the local community. It’s a vision that leads her to hire Asher for business. However, in the rapidly changing televisual landscape, tensions emerge as Asher and Dougie try to create the most successful product by playing against each other.

The Curse: Social Insight, Uncomfortable Brilliance

In the course of these intersecting narratives, “The Curse” plays a brilliant track record of the broader social issues played out among scary people, from gentrification to local rights. The events of “The Curse” are somewhat reminiscent of “Nathan for You,” which was meant for “Bar Rescue,” and “The Curse” for HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” with a dash of rehearsal for therapy. 

Social Insight and Uncomfortable Brilliance
Social Insight and Uncomfortable Brilliance

Over time, and understandably, “The Curse” becomes self-aware towards its own direction. Nathan Fielder and Safdie have the opportunity to design their shock and revive their basic trio, bringing Asher’s abilities to life. The question is whether you can wait and see how the arrangement unfolds. 

“The Curse” is undoubtedly effective in creating a mood, meaning that every praise for the show feels like criticism. The show is a study in exploitation at every level, often uncomfortable to watch, whether it’s a clue to tune in or stay away, depending on you.


In ‘The Curse,’ Nathan Fielder and Safdie showcase their mastery in creating discomforting yet compelling narratives. The series, originally pitched as a comedy, unfolds as a thought-provoking hour-long drama, exploring themes familiar to enthusiasts of the creators’ previous works. The show effectively addresses broader social issues while maintaining an unsettling atmosphere, leaving viewers to decide whether to eagerly anticipate its unfolding or shy away from its uncomfortable nature.

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