Release year: 2019
Director: Amy Poehler
Screenwriter: Liz Cackowski, Emily Spivey
Starring: Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman
A group of longtime girlfriends goes to Napa Valley for the weekend to celebrate the 50th birthday of one in the group. As the weekends go by, unsaid things and secrets threaten their friendship.
The cast should give you an idea on what type of humour to expect from this well-crafted comedy. There are plenty of talking, jokes about mid-life crisis, partying, wine drinking, a grumpy tarot card reader and a seemingly never-finished paella and it is all done with great care by both the writers, the director (who also plays one of the leads) as well as by the SNL cast is pretty much a who’s who when it comes to middle-aged female comedians. These women all know how to entertain, both when it comes to dramatic scenes but especially when it comes to creating laugh from everyday situations. The movie starts out with a group of friends who feel tight but a visitor from the grumpy Lady Sunshine (Cherry Jones) shows the cracks and as the weekend goes on the cracks grow bigger and bigger. It is not just entertaining to watch but should be recognizable to most women of a certain age. There are definite high points, even if they sometime are just a particular well-written sentence or the perfect delivery from one of the cast but even when it is slow, the movie snugs around you like a comfortable blanket and keeps you fuzzy warm and constantly close to smiling, thanks to the brilliant cast. Like a good wine, it is well-balanced with a nice finish.
The cast is real life friends and know each other from SNL. The movie is the feature film directorial debut of Amy Poehler and was inspired by a trip the friends took together to celebrate a 50th birthday.