Skip Nav
Oscars
Every Win and Nomination La La Land Has Scored So Far
Celebrity Interviews
Model Hanne Gaby Odiele Reveals She Is Intersex
The Royals
The Duchess of Cambridge Drops Everything to Have a Sweet Moment With a Pint-Sized Fan
Oscars
Emma Stone Reacts to Her Oscar Nomination: "This Is Beyond Any of Our Wildest Imaginings"

What Is The Young Pope About?

What Is The Young Pope About? Because It Sounds Ridiculous

The Young Pope has quickly become one of the most talked-about new shows of 2017, but perhaps not in the way HBO was hoping. Starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton, the series has taken on a life of its own on Twitter. Memes have sprung up in its "honor," people are rewriting song lyrics to be about the "cool pope," and the world is generally wondering if the show is going to be good or completely ridiculous. (It can't be in between — it's either insane or it's not.) Before you watch the show, let's delve into what it's actually about, beginning with HBO's description:

Young and charming, Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. His election seems to be the result of a simple yet effective media strategy on the part of the College of Cardinals. But appearances can be deceiving — above all, in the Vatican, where the leaders of the Church have chosen the great mystery of God as the compass guiding their existence. And Pius XIII proves to be the most mysterious and contradictory of them all.

Nothing to see here, folks! The church is just looking for a fresh face to appeal to the younger, less-faith-focused generation, so they're electing a young pope . . . a sexy young pope. Having notorious (British) bad boy Jude Law play the American pope is a bold choice, and the casting confirms that this pope is not your grandmother's Pope John Paul II. HBO is practically writing its own memes in its press release: "Shrewd and naïve, ironic and pedantic, primeval and cutting-edge, doubting and resolute, melancholy and ruthless, Pius XIII tries to cross the endless river of human solitude to find a God he can give to mankind. And to himself."

And to himself.

The trailer was released in December, and even the quote used to market it — "The young are always more extreme than the old" — is hilarious.

ADVERTISEMENT

This pope doesn't have anything to confess! He doesn't care about your opinions! He smokes and hangs out shirtless! This pope disrespects Diane Keaton! Oscar winner Diane Keaton! It's like this pope never even saw Annie Hall. OK, Keaton is playing a powerful nun named Sister Mary who is the only person who stands up to Pope Pius XIII, but she's got some gravitas that he doesn't give one sh*t about.

As you can see, this show already looks amusing, but perhaps it's just that we're not getting the full scope? It premieres soon, so let's watch and regroup before we fully judge.

Image Source: HBO
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
How Many Hours Are Left in Game of Thrones?
Who Is Still Alive on Game of Thrones?
Geeky Languages From Movies and TV
Westworld Quote "These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends"
Game of Thrones Villains Costumes
Allison Williams's Instagram About the End of Girls 2016
Emmy Winners List 2016
Game of Thrones Season 7 Details
True Blood Eric Northman GIFs
Game of Thrones Cast Talking About Season 7

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Celebrity
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds