HBO’s ‘Coastal Elites’ is a well-intentioned embarrassment

HBO's 'Coastal Elites' is a well-intentioned embarrassment

Coastal Elites has nothing nice to say about Trump. But he should be flattered by it all the same.

Written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Jay Roach, the movie consists of what it describes as “five desperate admissions from people just coping with the brand-new normal.” That “new normal” would seem to refer to the pandemic, which is built into the structure of the movie: Each of the 5 segments is shot remotely, and all but one is presented under the guise of some socially distanced activity.

But truly, the “new normal” signifies Trump. All the results are defined by their relationship to the president: Miriam( Bette Midler) is a Jewish granny arrested after a fight over a MAGA hat; Kelly( Issa Rae) is a former Ivanka classmate wondering what’s under the First Daughter’s placid smile; Clarissa( Sarah Paulson) is a YouTube meditation guru who loses her shivering after disagreeing with her Trump-loving relatives. Read more …

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