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Eastbound & Down

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Released
15 March 2010
Certificate
18
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Warner Bros

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Eastbound & Down


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You've got to love a character who listens to their own motivational tapes, especially if they are sold under the title, You’re Fucking Out, I’m Fucking In. Welcome to the world of disgraced former pro-baseball star Kenny Powers.

British TV screens are more than familiar with the cringe-comedy genre, where the central character is their own worst enemy: a certain hotelier, a certain chat-show host, a certain office manager. But dark humour never sat well with the nervous network planners of US telly; the darkest original characters you’d find on free-to-air were Homer Simpson, or Married With Children’s Al Bundy. Thank your chosen deity again then for cable, and HBO in particular.

If you’ve seen Danny McBride’s screen debut as Fred Simmons in The Foot Fist Way (and if you haven’t, you’ll want to after this), Eastbound & Down’s Kenny Powers is remarkably similar, at once an amplification of — and a journey deeper into — that same vaguely familiar American male psyche. He’s cocksure to the point of delusional, with a huge sense of self-importance and self-entitlement, a lot like Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy. No surprise, then, that Eastbound is the product of Gary Sanchez Productions — Ferrell’s company.

The big difference between Simmons and Powers, aside from the killer mullet, is that Powers did once have talent. A talent which has long since been squandered in a life of excess and steroid abuse, forcing him to return home with only his truck and his jet
ski — the last link to his former lifestyle, which he clings to like a security blanket.

Kindly taken in by his brother and reduced to taking a P. E.- teaching job at his old school, Kenny must face, in addition to his anger-management problems, his high-school sweetheart’s engagement to
the current principal, plus a range of other humiliations. Can he swallow his pride?

It’s crude, lewd and harsh, but also observed with merciless accuracy; a vision into one redneck’s self-created hell, pitched to teeth-gnashing perfection by McBride.


Reviewed by Sam Toy


Extras

Eastbound & Down Eastbound & Down
Released: 15 March 2010
The commentaries from McBride, Best, Hill and regular director David Gordon Green are terrific (we learn that McBride’s parents were on set during a scene requiring him to act out premature ejaculation). Also included are deleted scenes, a gag reel, a ‘making of’ and all of Will Ferrell’s ads as Stringfellow-quiffed BMW salesman Ashley Schaeffer.

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I watched this six part series in two days, its six half hour shows. This is a HBO program so you know its going to be ace like the sopranos and the wire its like a good film except it lasts longer. Eastbound and down is a comedy gem if you liked Step Brothers or Tallagdega Nights then you will love Eastbound and down. If you havnt seen this then definitely get it and get to know Kenny Powers ... More

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