Entertainment'Loot' review: Maya Rudolph gives the gift of comedy as a divorce-minted...

‘Loot’ review: Maya Rudolph gives the gift of comedy as a divorce-minted billionaire on Apple TV+

After an introduction by means of the couple’s mega-yacht, Rudolph’s Molly Novak is rudely woke up from her enviable life when she discovers the infidelity of her husband (Adam Scott). Quicker than you may say “Mackenzie Scott” (the previous Mrs. Bezos, and a major philanthropist), she’s on her personal, with $87 billion (ballpark) to console her.
After a sequence of booze-soaked romps, Molly hears from Sofia Salinas (“Pose’s” Michaela Jaé Rodriguez), who runs a charitable basis that Molly hadn’t even realized she’s inherited. In search of one thing to do together with her time and money, she takes an curiosity within the place, turning its considerably eclectic workers right into a form of prolonged household.
At first, that feels just like the premise for a office sitcom, with an entire lot of “She’s so wealthy” jokes, tone-deaf feedback about girls’s shelters and somebody suggesting she buy one of many Hemsworth brothers, whereas Molly receives fixed reassurance from her doting assistant (“Fire Island’s” Joel Kim Booster).

But a couple of episodes in, the present really reveals some extra involving wrinkles. For starters, Molly begins to get pleasure from some semi-normal moments with the group’s shy and newly single accountant (Nat Faxon), proper earlier than encountering a dashing billionaire (“Untrue’s” Olivier Martinez) who appears plucked from the pages of a fragrance advert.

Created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard (who beforehand labored with Rudolph on the 2018 comedy “Forever”), “Loot” conjures a fairly common provide of amusing conditions, equivalent to Molly not realizing that she owns a theme park within the Philippines till one thing goes unsuitable there, prompting her to conduct a list of her belongings, from the foolish to the elegant.

The present even veers into the semi-serious, no less than by way of a system that permits a couple of folks to amass these sort of fortunes, and what degree of charity is acceptable for many who do. Rudolph proves equally adept taking part in at each speeds, however the extra over-the-top prospers that hew towards her “SNL” background usually pale subsequent to the softer components.

“Loot” does not obtain a lot closure on the finish of its 10-episode debut run, suggesting the present has a good quantity of life left in it. If it isn’t a blockbuster, Rudolph and the forged make sure that it is fairly good firm, organising a sequence possessing all the chances related to a protagonist who has time, and cash, to burn.

“Loot” premieres June 24 on Apple TV+. Disclosure: My spouse works for a unit of Apple.

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