HBO has a new series called "Enlightened," and I don't quite know what to make of it. With 30-minute episodes, you'd expect it to be a comedy, but "Enlightened" isn't really funny.
HBO has a new series called “Enlightened,” and I don’t quite know what to make of it. With 30-minute episodes, you’d expect it to be a comedy, but “Enlightened” isn’t really funny.
Starring Laura Dern as Amy, a woman transforming her outlook on life after a breakdown, it’s a drama with some humor thrown in here and there.
After flipping out in a rage at her office, Amy is sent away for a few months to a retreat where she adopts a new attitude and decides to have a positive impact on the world around her.
But that’s easier said than done. Amy means well but won’t face her inner shortcomings. She also must return to her corporate job where everyone disrespects her. Meanwhile her mother (Diane Ladd) and drug-using ex-husband Levi (Luke Wilson) aren’t giving off positive vibes either.
“Enlightened” takes a while to settle in — four episodes in, I’m still not sure where it’s going — but Dern and Wilson give strong performances, and it’s refreshing to have an untrustworthy narrator that’s not an anti-hero, but a do-gooder.