Enlightened

Enlightened

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2013
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Enlightened centers on Amy Jellicoe, a 40-year-old woman who returns home to California after a month's stay at a holistic treatment facility, a result of having a mental breakdown at work triggered by her self-destructive ways. Amy returns to her old life with a new cultivated approach and perspective, which includes daily meditation and exhorting the power of self-help and inner healing.
Publisher: [United States] : Home Box Office, c2013
ISBN: 9780780692084
078069208X
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 5 hrs.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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gingercat108
Mar 31, 2017

Have only viewed one of 2 discs so far... not sure whether I'll be bothered with the next.
Partly funny, mostly pathetic, cringe-worthy! Probably well acted for the script, but really... what's feminist about a dysfunctional hippy recovering from a breakdown and taking on the corporation about exploitation (and dissing her fem 'friends')?

Obviously, not impressed & cannot recommend.

(..a few days later: viewed second disc, opinion not changed...)

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samsis
Nov 17, 2015

My GOD!!!! How did I miss this??? I know why, because I had this and didn't watch, and had this and didn't watch and FINALLY WATCHED!!! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ABOUT US ALL!! ESPECIALLY ABOUT WORK RELATIONSHIPS!!! MIKE WHITE FABULOUS, LAURA DERN FABULOUS, DIANE LADD FABULOUS, and listen to the comments part, Laura and Diane are daughter and mother so very interesting the connection.. But Luke Wilson is also soooo good, and I CRY with every episode and I am so sorry to have waited and waited to watch this because I knew the reviews were so good, but it SPEAKS TO EVERY WORKING PERSON IN EVERY PART OF THE WORLD, having to work in shit and with people you despise, and horrible, horrible bosses, what do you do when you have to have a job????? Those in the 2percent who control us do NOT understand and this BRINGS IT HOME!!! THANK GOD SHE HAS A MOTHER AND AN EX THAT IS SOMEWHAT SUPPORTIVE. Support that person next to you everyone!!!

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lukasevansherman
Feb 25, 2015

Even though it was on HBO and starred a number of well known actors, "Enlightened," which ran for two seasons, slipped under the radar. It begins with Laura Dern's character having a breakdown and losing her corporate job, where she's having an affair with a co-worker. She goes to Hawaii for a self-help therapy retreat and returns home to live with her mother (played by Dern's actual mother, Diane Ladd), rebuild her life, and get her job back. While technically a comedy, it doesn't shy away from dark themes and moments. I think it might have fared poorly because the protagonist is exasperating and not always likable. We expect this from our male protagonists (a recent book on all the great TV is called "Difficult Men"), it's far less common to see a screwed up female at the heart of a show ("Orange is the New Black" is bucking this trend). The excellent cast includes Luke Wilson as her addict ex-husband, writer/co-creator Mike White as a meek co-worker, Robin Wright as her yoga friend (in one episode), and one of the dudes from "Undeclared" as her jerky boss. Note: Contrary to another comment, Dern's character is not an "extreme FEMINIST" and she won the Golden Globe because she gave a great performance not because of some conspiracy. A sadly ignorant comment.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Feb 03, 2015

I LOVE the fact that Laura Dern's character in this TV show is Anti-Corporate America.However,the way she carries herself makes political activists in real life looks so bad,the majority of people in real life will never REPENT and make change for the betterment of us all period.She's an extreme FEMINIST too and this is deeply offensive to me period.This is the real reason why she won that Golden Globe award,not because she can act ,screwing up almost every female that's watching this show.

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Ellington4
Oct 14, 2013

Most of the comments reflect what I would have said. This series is a rare viewing experience; mature, beautifully written, poignant, extremely resonant and wonderfully acted. Laura Dern is superb in the lead role, touchingly conveying the conflicts and aspirations of her character. How unfortunate HBO, which had the vision to air the series, felt it had attracted too small an audience to be renewed. You don't get too many extraordinary series like this, even on the BBC!

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matcat44
Sep 13, 2013

This was not for me. I watched the whole of the first disc thinking ut would get less depressing, but it didn't.

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Gary Geiserman
Aug 29, 2013

Very unique mix. Probably the strong eccentric woman lead turned off a lot of manly people (women and men). Rare for a spiritual (not Christian-fascist) show to be on w/o the angel/miracle cliches (not that there is anything wrong with that). Usually spiritual is made fun of either directly or as 'satire', as in "Portlandia" where the satire isn't even funny--it's just easy to do by mediocre comics. >>>> Love Laura in this. I mean I love her and want to go talk and stuff......her mother, too (who is very interesting in the commentary btw).

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ahimsamonkey
Jul 16, 2013

This is a beautifully written & acted series...funny, thought-provoking & deeply affecting (I'd say). When was the last time a network series took on corporate greed & personal "enlightenment"? I was pretty devastated to learn this series was recently cancelled and Mike White's "trilogy" will not be completed. Seasons 1 & 2 are AMAZING!

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docjnsuss
May 10, 2013

During the first season of Enlightened one is introduced to Amy Jellicoe, her mother Helen, her ex-husband Levi as well as her co-workers at Abaddonn Industries. After a mental breakdown, and a month of holistic treatment in Hawaii, Amy returns to California. While living in her mother's home Amy returns to work only to find herself demoted to what she considers a boring and meaningless job. Throughout season one Amy tries to deal with past and present issues while also trying to keep both her sanity and her job. Enlightened is an emotional journey highlighted by Amy's up and down feelings as well as her aspirations and failures.

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mexicanadiense
Feb 10, 2013

A very entertaining and thought-provoking take on corporate America featuring winning performances by the mother/daughter team of Dern and Ladd, Luke Wilson, and writer Mike White. Amy, the protagonist, strikes a great balance between being a sympathetic character and being insufferable- it will keep you watching, for sure!

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