Sunday, September 25, 2016

TV Show Review: Ballers (Season 2)

Living the high life with wealthy football players doesn't always come easy for Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), financial advisors and former pro player. Strasmore and his high energy fellow advisor Joe (Rob Corddry) work with the wealthy the players to manage their wealth but this turns out to be very stressful and sometimes even downright physically painful. The show juggles wealth, sports, and the background dealings of the NFL right in time for the new season.

This season still follows the other players and former players like my favorite Ricky Jerret (John David Washington), Charles Greene (Omar Benson Miller), and Vernon Littlefield (Donovan W. Carter. Ricky has to deal with negotiating with various teams and his father's boisterous twitter account to find a team that will pay him what he's worth. Charles failed to return to the league as a player but gets a chance to work as an offensive line manager. Vernon suffers an injury during paintball and worries about his future prospects.

Juggling all these players needs and young jerk quarterback, Spencer also has to deal with a sore hip that grows progressively worse as he falls into abusing painkillers and other methods of putting off his much-needed surgery. Adding to his headache is Spencer's old financial manager and now rival Andre Allen (Andy Garcia) who steals Spencer's clients and gets his license to be a financial manager revoked.

Between football jargon and displays of massive amounts of riches, Baller is funny and entertaining as hell to watch. Dwayne Johnson does a great job showing the stress of his job and Corddry wisecracks right beside him as the hilarious comic relief. The show has many things that could be held against it like other shameless HBO shows that have show carefree wealthy people frolicking among those who no just don't have to worry about expenses for anything. There are fast cars and Miami mansions as the show takes viewers to the upper echelons of football while also giving us a peek inside the dealings of wealth management. 

There are plenty of professional football cameos to help add to the legitimacy of the fictional sports dealings. The show never lets up and gives Strasmore a break, he simply doesn't get to enjoy heavy drinking, drug usage, and naked women without the hard work that goes into it. It's always interesting to see people achieve such unimaginable wealth only to find out later that they are completely broke. This HBO comedy explores that issue and gives us an inside look into football from a different perspective. 

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