Once my mom mentioned that she thought Talladega Nights was funny, so I recommended Eastbound & Down. It was only later that I remembered that she hated raunchy humor (both my sister and I value crassness very much, which is often the result of being restricted from something) and when she visited NYC last year she mentioned how creepy the show was, which, uh, ha, ha, oops. I turned the channel to be polite.
Eastbound & Down is particularly fascinating to me because it shares the same director as 2000's George Washington, which I loved, and the film’s muted, rural, understated qualities are the dead opposite of the bright, jabber-jawed HBO show; only the geographic regions are similar.
I watched the last episode in English, then in Spanish with Spanish-language subtitles because it’s a learning experience. I figured I could pick up some good swears, yet they translate “pussy” as vagina, pronounced va-hee-na, of course, but that’s just not right.
But this is supposed to be about Stevie, kind of Kenny Powers’ sidekick, who on this episode boldly humps the sister of recently deceased Jason Sudeikis (the use of Bauhaus’ Bela Lugosi’s Dead during the cocaine binge scene where he dies is one of my favorite recent-ish uses of music along with The Chauffeur in Greenberg) in a car in the cemetery during the funeral, then has the clarity to barf, or rather “vomitando” afterwards.
I just noticed that Stevie Janowski ( I don’t know what the actor looks like in real life, though he didn’t look radically different on 30 Rock last week, playing a dorky billionaire. I may be blurring episodes because I watched a few DVR’d shows back-to-back, and not to be a TV nerd who quotes dialogue, but I also very much appreciated a Henry Thomas reference coupled with a dirty old lady plotline where Susan Sarandon plays the teacher who had an affair with her student and for entertainment in jail “only had one movie with Dabney Coleman and the kid from E.T.”) is not terribly dissimilar in appearance to David Gordon Green, though the latter is more attractive. Or am I seeing connections where they don’t exist? It's probably just the center-parted hair.