Bonneville


Directed by: Christopher N. Rowley
Written by:Daniel D. Davis
Starring: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Tom Skerritt, Christine Baranski, Victor Rasuk
Released: August 28, 2008
Grade: C+

I didn’t really like this film but don’t let that stop you from seeing it.  When the producers got together and gave this film the green light, they didn’t have people like me in mind.  The plot description on the Internet Movie Database sums it up – “three women take a road to trip to Santa Barbara in order to deliver the ashes of one of their dead husbands to his resentful daughter”.  Yep, it’s a “chick flick”.

If you’re still interested in seeing it, I should tell you a little more.  It has a fairly strong cast.  There’s Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen.  All are accomplished actors and they do their best to brighten up this clichéd story.

These three ladies have a variety of adventures en route to their final destination.  They meet some interesting people and have fun in the process.  The trip brings them together and they all take something away from it.  There were quite a few laughs at the screening I attended and this leads me to believe that it will strike a cord with some audiences.

That’s all I have to say and this will go down as one of my shortest ever reviews.  I can’t hide my apathy.  I might have watched a few bits of this if I saw it on television but it wasn’t worth the effort of a trip to the cinema.