overearnest

Related to overearnest: fastidious

overearnest

(ˌəʊvərˈɜːnɪst)
adj
excessively earnest
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Pinocchio's relationships and developing conscience are touching, if perhaps a little overearnest, and a few of the many chase-and-escape scenes feel arbitrary, making it tempting to skim over them.
Chesney Hawkes and Sarah Harding both twinkle under the spotlight, but the real stars of the show are the overearnest experts.
Despite attempting to make the next Atonement, director James Kent, whose CV includes three episodes of EastEnders, has made an overearnest drama best appreciated on the telly on a wet Sunday afternoon.
Not so much a sequel as another stultifying character drama set in a world overrun by aliens, this 10-yearslater spinoff switches directors and genres, as first-timer Tom Green helms a taxingly overearnest war movie set in an unspecified Middle Eastern country, where American soldiers deal with insurgents while the menacing MTRs (as they're now called) lumber about in the background.
They had a brilliant name, they wrote brilliant songs, their wry and sardonic wit blew away their dreary, overearnest 1980s contemporaries, yet among football fans the Birkenhead-born band are best known for refusing to appear live on flagship music programme The Tube because their beloved Tranmere were playing at home that night.
61) In keeping with the light and playful surface of the play, the scholar-hero is also a figure of fun--an unworldly and overearnest lover.
In footage from the era, Blessitt possesses all the gawky grace and comic overearnest intensity of a Will Ferrell character.
Thiebaud set the score and Core followed, but in comparing the two, his paintings seem fresh and loose--almost abstract, as if they were representing some platonic cake or cream soup or candy apple rather than an actual one--and Core's project seems overearnest, like an academic trying to make sure she hasn't missed an important detail.
His book is filled with the sort of music-worship that professional musicians tend to scorn as overearnest and foolish.
Loose, lithe, and limber, Hemingway gets into the comedy groove and has a great time spoofing her overearnest screen persona.
Corey solves some of these problems and trips over others in The World through a Monocle: The New Yorker at Midcentury, a sprightly if sometimes overearnest attempt to read the venerable weekly magazine as a prism and prime shaper of the liberal intellectual consensus in the prosperous years after World War II.
It is a politics about nothing--or at least we feel at liberty to present it to ourselves as such--which offers us the chance to laugh at the Bill Clinton scandal follies and the comically overearnest attempts of the Keystone Kop Republicans to bring the president to book, should we find such things funny.