Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney make corruption likable in the intriguing new Netflix series 'Ozark'

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney make corruption likable in the intriguing new Netflix series 'Ozark'

Jason Bateman, America's sweetheart, is the star, an executive producer and the director of nearly half the episodes of "Ozark," a series premiering in its 10-episode first-season entirety Friday on Netflix.

Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial advisor. He is, we are given to understand, cautious, boring and, for the moment, obsessively distracted by a snippet of what looks like amateur pornography. He drives a 10-year-old Camry, "with cloth seats," while his more flamboyant business partner Bruce (Josh Randall) lives it up around town. For a while, you might think you are embarking on a rather dreary, and drearily familiar, drama of domestic breakdown,...

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