Maya Rudolph stars in the new Apple TV+ comedy series Loot, about a billionaire who begins a new chapter in her life after a painful divorce.
And for the most part, it’s a smooth and fun ride.
Created by Matt Hubbard (“30 Rock”) and Alan Yang (“Master of None”), the series, which premieres June 24, centers on Molly Novak (Rudolph) who, with her husband John (Adam Scott), has her 45th birthday – who throws her a lavish party and gives her a new yacht with multiple pools (she suggests using the smallest pool for her dogs Mary Kate and Ashley).
When Molly finds out that John is cheating on her with a younger woman, they divorce – and since they had no prenuptial agreement, Molly is now one of the richest women in the country. Newly single, she parties and becomes tabloid fodder for antics, including falling into a pool at a party and lap dancing a waiter (in her defense, she thought he was Sting).
She’s surprised to learn that she has a charitable foundation run by the intimidating Sofia (Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, “Pose”), who isn’t happy that Molly’s post-divorce spiral is getting bad press. Molly’s commitment to Sofia and the charity leads her into a new phase in her life where she learns to give back to others and gain better self-esteem. Meanwhile, her trusty assistant Nicholas (Joel Kim Booster, “Fire Island”) is by her side, along with Sofia’s co-workers: nerdy, single accountant Arthur (Nat Faxon, “Ben and Kate”) and Molly’s cheerful cousin Howard (Ron Funchen). .
Trying to get audiences to sympathize with a woman who has everything is a difficult needle, but “Loot” does it well – albeit with some fumbling.
Rudolph fills Molly with a mixture of fleeting attitude and genuine vulnerability. It also helps that the show doesn’t take itself too seriously. After Molly gives an angry Sofia a long and heartfelt speech about how she still feels – to which Sofia replies, “I’m sorry, I don’t really care” – Molly frowns and says, “When I said that of Oprah, she gave me one of the biggest hugs of my life.” But some of the “Billionaires Aren’t Relatable Humor” feels too obvious; In one scene, Molly gives a non-musical speech in front of a homeless shelter. “Home is where my wine fridge is,” she says. “Personally, I’ve never been homeless, but there was a summer when our house in New York was under construction and I had to stay at the Plaza.”
There’s also a lot of topical humor. When Howard tells Molly that Black Twitter is behind her, Arthur responds, “So is White Facebook. Sorry that sounds like I’m in white supremacist groups. My aunt does send me some stuff that’s very disturbing…you know what, I’ll clip it there.”
“Loot” doesn’t break new ground by joking about billionaires going out of touch, but its winning cast and slick storyline make it a compelling comedy. Rudolph sells it like a pro and makes sure Molly is fun to watch — even when the show’s jokes feel like low-hanging fruit.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/29/maya-rudolph-is-a-partying-billionaire-in-apples-loot-review/ Maya Rudolph is a celebrating billionaire in Apple’s “Loot”: Review