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Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson and Dan Levy star in ‘Coastal Elites’: Watch the first trailer

The socially-distanced political satire arrives on HBO and HBO Max next month.

By Will Stroude

As the world adjusts to these strange new times, a new socially-distanced film is taking a satirical look at the current state of global affairs – and it stars all ya faves.

Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson, Dan Levy and Issa Rae lead Coastal Elites, a new satricial comedy shot during lockdown which is set to arrive on HBO and HBO Max next month.

The first trio sees the group play various ‘liberal lefties’ adjusting to life in isolation, including Midler as a woman who’s seemingly in a police station after an altercation with a Trump supporter.

“He’s wearing jeans and a windbreaker, and the hat. The red hat. You know the one, the MAGA hat. In New York City! Two blocks from the public theatre!” she exclaims.

“It’s like me going to Nebraska wearing a Yamika, waving a rainbow flag while reading a book!”

Levy, who recently landed an Emmy nomination for his work on the final season of Schitt’s Creek, is in fine form as Mark Hesterman, a gay actor taking part in a therapy session.


“I think queer representation is so important”, he declares.

“Yes, sometimes I say gay, and sometimes I say queer, and sometimes I just show people a picture of myself at Halloween in high school dressed as Julianne Moore in The Hours.”

Meanwhile, Paulson is Clarissa Montgomery, a woman hosting a meditation class via livestream who seems to sum up the last few months/years best as she says: “Take a deep, healing breath, and imagine you’re not even on Twitter, or Facebook… or Xanax…”

Coastal Elites premieres on HBO and HBO Max on 12 September. Check out the trailer below: