Maya Rudolph Shines on Must-See Apple TV+ Comedy ‘Loot’—But Another Actress Truly Steals the Show
*Warning: Minor spoilers ahead*
There’s nothing I love more than a good workplace comedy. Parks and Recreation? Of course. The Office? That shouldn’t even be a question. Abbott Elementary? A thousand times yes. So, imagine my excitement when I learned Apple TV+ would be releasing a new comedy series called Loot. And Saturday Night Live veteran Maya Rudolph would be the show’s lead? Oh, sign me up.
Loot follows a billionaire named Molly Novak (Rudolph), who has everything she could dream of: money, fame and a loving husband on her arm. But she soon discovers her husband of 20 years is having an affair. After Molly goes on a post-divorce bender, she receives a call from Sofia Salinas (Mj Rodriguez), who runs a foundation owned by the couple.
Sofia pleads with Molly to stop acting out for fear that it could reflect badly on the charity. With the help of Sofia, her devoted personal assistant (Joel Kim Booster), the charity’s accountant Arthur (Nat Faxon) and her pop-culture enthusiast cousin Howard (Ron Funches), Molly embarks on a journey of self-discovery.
So, is the show worth watching? Keep reading for my honest review of Loot.
The episode starts with Molly and her husband John (played by Adam Scott) celebrating her birthday on a boat. The married couple is sipping champagne and engaging in witty banter. Instantly, we get to see Rudolph and Scott’s strong chemistry. Yes, the close-knit bond between Molly and John cannot be missed, but it’s their excellent portrayal (and genuine on-screen presence) that brings the couple to life.
On the outside, they do seem like a loving couple. Sure, John might be busy, but he seems to genuinely care about his wife. This can be shown in his desire to give Molly anything she wants on her special day. But in the end, the facade soon comes crashing down after Molly discovers he’s been having an affair with his assistant. Predictable? Yes. A solid premise to kickstart one of my favorite new shows? Also yes.
Even though Rudoph did an outstanding job as Molly, there was one star who truly stole the show: Mj Rodriguez. You may recognize the actress from the FX series, Pose. We’ve seen the Emmy nominee show off her acting range in previous roles, but we never really got a chance to see her comedy skills.
To my surprise, Rodriguez was quite funny in her intimidating, no-nonsense manager role, with her comedic timing and witty retorts. I look forward to much more of her as the season progresses. And I would be remiss not to mention the performances of Joel Kim Booster (who you might know from Fire Island), Ron Funches and Nat Faxon who were all screen-stealers in their own right.
Beyond the nuanced and genuinely funny performances, I also loved how we got some ‘90s nostalgia with the stellar soundtrack. When the episode first started, my ears were graced with Mase rapping “Feel So Good.” Oh, and how could I forget to mention Lauryn Hill singing “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”?
Overall, the first episode was a good, solid introduction to the show. There were quite a few jokes that got a laugh out of me. And beyond that, I’m interested to see where Molly’s journey to self-discovery takes us.
PUREWOW RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS
Aside from its star-studded cast, Loot is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a solid comedy. The show may be funny, but it also tackles real-life themes that anyone can connect to—like finding yourself and doing what makes you happy. And the top-tier soundtrack is just an added bonus.
The first three episodes are available to stream now on Apple TV+. The remaining episodes will premiere every Friday, until the season finale arrives on August 12, 2022.
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