While the trailer to HBO's Enlightened might make you a little uncomfortable, it's almost impossible to look away from the opening scene. The trailer for the show, which premieres tonight, opens with star Amy (Laura Dern), a health and beauty executive, having a workplace meltdown that is anything but pretty. While it's painful to watch Amy losing it, the scene is also entertaining — I found it hard not to break a smile as the crazed Amy pries the elevator doors open, like some unstoppable creature in a horror movie who refuses to die.
After three months of rehabilitation in a treatment center in Hawaii, Amy returns to work, newly centered and full of new age advice for everyone from her co-workers to her ex-husband (Luke Wilson). Judging from the opening scene, it would probably take more than three months and a couple of Mai Tais to even begin to chip away at Amy's rage, so I'm looking forward to the possibility of more spectacular emotional outbursts from the show's protagonist. (The fact that she rams her car into the back fender of a car in another scene seems promising.) Judge for yourself when you watch the trailer.
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