Though Kirsten Dunst has an impressive acting resume in television and film, one may never think of her again as Mary Jane Watson in the “Spider-Man” films after a tour de force performance in the latest Showtime cable series.
The darkly comedic story about one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American Dream in the ten-episode series “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” launches Dunst’s Krystal Stubbs into the world of multilevel marketing.
Living in a small Orlando-adjacent town in 1992, Krystal is a minimum wage worker at the Rebel Rapids water park, which by all appearances poses no commercial threat to Disney World or any other amusement park.
Her husband Travis (Alexander Skarsgard) is burning the candle at both ends, trying to hold down an office job while spending any free time listening to clichéd motivational tapes by Obie Garbeau II (Ted Levine).
What Garbeau is selling is the fast buck dreams of his pyramid scheme multilevel marketing enterprise called Founders American Merchandise (FAM) where recruiting a downline is the key to wealth.
Garbeau’s acolyte is the excitable, gung-ho Cody Bonar (Theodore Pellerin), who desperately needs Krystal to pick up the pieces of her husband’s commitment to the cult-like following of the Garbeau get-rich-quick system.
When Krystal is left to fend for herself and the care of her infant child and her house is repossessed because of a heavy fine imposed for alligator poaching (don’t ask!), she becomes determined to make a better life for herself.
“On Becoming a God in Central Florida” may reel you in for the ride once you’ve made it to the third episode.