Sydney Freeland’s well-regarded but seldom-seen 2014 directorial debut, Drunktown’s Finest, was a somber look at American Indian identity issues that intertwined the stories of three Navajos: a young guy about to wash out of boot camp, a promiscuous transgendered woman, and a girl raised by white adoptive parents. She’s finally made a follow-up for Netflix, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, and it seems to have come from the opposite side of the universe.
Imagine a scruffy teenage version of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid made for the Disney Channel—funny with a streak of poignance, the violence appropriately muffled, and, of course, a happy ending, and you’ll be close to the mark. This is not said with derision or condescension or any of the other qualities dearest to the TV critic’s heart. Deidra & Laney won’t remake the world, but it’s a fun 90 minutes of television. Television critic Glenn Garvin reviews.