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Eastbound & Down: Season 2 - Review

Eastbound & Down: Season 2

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

THE second season of Eastbound & Down was as foul-mouthed, rude and fun as its predecessor – and every bit as edgy.

Now, spurned by the big leagues and humiliated in his own hometown, Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) heads south of the border to lick his wounds and live the outlaw lifestyle.

Reinventing himself as Steve Janowski and seriously into cock-fighting, Kenny is eventually recognised for who he really is by the manager of local baseball team ‘The Charros’ and is offered a place on the team.

But will Kenny be able to find a way back into the big leagues through the Charros, or will his ego once more get the better of him? And what of his assistant Stevie (Steve Little), who has also located Kenny beyond the border?

All is revealed over the course of 13 profanity-laden episodes – some of which flirt with the boundary of good taste and cock jokes, but others which are just plain inspired.

The latter half of the series was particularly great as Powers attempted to re-connect with his father (played superbly to maximum douche-bag effect by Miami Vice‘s Don Johnson), only to find out the harsh truth about his methods.

While a late guest appearance by Matthew McConaughey (in chapter 12) also proved to be a crowd-pleaser too.

Also lending sex appeal and/or great comic timing to Season 2 was Ana de la Reguera as Kenny’s latest love interest Vida, and Michael Peña as a business contact and eventual rival.

Marco Rodríguez was also terrific value as Kenny’s latest put-upon coach, offering the occasional poignant aside to neatly offset the show’s more outrageous moments and display some much-needed heart and soul too.

As with Season 1, Eastbound & Down remained an acquired taste and one that fans of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s sense of humour were best equipped to get.

But for those that did, it yields big rewards and makes the prospect of Kenny’s third and possibly final season a mouthwatering one indeed.

Certificate: 15
Discs: 2
Eastbound and Down season 2 is released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 10 from HBO Home Entertainment