Eastbound and Down - Complete HBO Season 2 [Blu-ray]
Danny McBride's Kenny Powers, the man with the magnificent mullet, returns for a second round of his politically incorrect HBO series. When his Tampa plans fall through, the baseball player-turned-gym teacher spends the next seven episodes killing time in Mexico (the shoot takes place in Puerto Rico). After his sidekick, Aaron (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Deep Roy), gives him the boot, he decides to get back in the game, so he joins a local team just as his biggest fan, Stevie (Steve Little), arrives in order to serve as his assistant. Stevie also breaks the news that Kenny's ex-girlfriend is off the market. Fortunately, Vida (Ana de la Reguera), a shapely nightclub singer, helps Kenny to forget his past, though she finds the team owner (Michael Peña) equally enticing. Unfortunately, Kenny's bad attitude threatens his relationship, his job, and even his friendship with the puppy dog-like Stevie. Just when his antics can't get more tiresome, Kenny reconnects with a long-lost relative (Don Johnson with scraggly extensions), who inspires him to stop running from his problems and face them head on. Then, when he makes peace with a former enemy (Adam Scott) and a major-league scout (Matthew McConaughey), it appears as if his fortunes are about to turn. As with the first season, producers Jody Hill and David Gordon Green handle directorial duties and play to writer-creator McBride's strengths, but the coke-snorting egotist won't be to all tastes. Like the fictional Larry David of Curb Your Enthusiasm--or real-life pitcher John Rocker--he's an equal-opportunity offender, but in a cruder context. And set to a hipper soundtrack, something that also distinguishes the feature-film work of Hill and Green. Oscar nominee John Hawkes (Winter's Bone), who plays Kenny's level-headed brother, makes a repeat appearance for the surprisingly sentimental finale. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
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Amazingly, the second season of Eastbound and Down manages to maintain the standard of hilarity that the first one established, and even SURPASSES it. This is particularly impressive, considering that this season could not rely upon the crowd-pleasing presence of Will Ferrell, prancing about his BMW dealership in a white wig.
One must be careful, however- if you watch too much of this show in one sitting, Kenny Powers' attitude WILL rub off on you! And you absolutely cannot show up to the office spouting off whatever's on your mind, a la Kenny Powers. This outrageous character has absolutely no filter, and no comprehension of what socially acceptable behavior is. And that's a big part of what makes Eastbound and Down so ridiculously funny. Danny McBride was quite possibly born to play this role. And every time you begin to think this guy couldn't be any more of a self-centered low life, he starts to redeem himself, and show that he just might be human after all. His tough exterior, brash behavior, and dismissal of anyone who doesn't happen to be named "Kenny Powers" is really nothing more than an elaborate, psychological self-defense mechanism- but that doesn't make it any less funny and delightful.
From fleeing to Mexico to "rekindling" his career in a really, really bad baseball league, this is Kenny Powers at his best and worst. He befriends little people and giants alike, and then makes mortal enemies of them. He finds his estranged father, and then loses him again. He shoots Stevie in the leg with a pistol, and convinces Stevie that it was probably his own damn fault. This is an epic, hilarious, soul-searching journey embarked upon by Kenny Powers in a foreign land. Just be sure to have some cold beers on hand when you begin watching- I guarantee that Kenny will make you want to drink with him!
This show is so ridiculously funny. I would give it five stars but in the current multimedia enhanced political/sociological environment it seems to paint such a negative slant on southerners that it gives me pause for concern while writing this review. I mean, from my perspective as a "Georgia boy" - meaning a man who lives in the deep south - it worries me that other people might not get the slapstick/tongue in cheek/poking fun at ourselves humor that the show is trying to impart. While I understand that the filmmakers are trying to poke fun at stereotypes, some people might not understand that we southerners also make fun of ourselves at times, and that's one of the reasons I love this show.
Maybe they should throw a disclaimer at the top of each episode so more people understand: "It's a 'YUK' at ourselves, calm down everyone!".
Anyway, I'll keep watching and laughing.
Season 2 expands the show's story line of a controversial, unemployed MLB player with unrealistic expectations of getting called back to the majors. The characters continue to adapt to whatever problems they create for themselves. The humor is edgy, often crude and directed at every known ethnic group in a way that demonstrates Kenny Powers treats people without regard to anything except what they can do for him.
The people who might want to avoid this show are Social Justice Warriors anyone who belongs to a religious cult.
Another way of recommending this show is that if you've seen McBride in movies like Tropic Thunder or Pineapple Express, you'll get the fully leaded version of his humor in this series.