Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California’s wine country, just as one is about to get married.
Director: Alexander Payne
STC Genre: Rites of Passage (mid-life crisis)
- “Life Problem” – Miles can’t get over his divorce
- “Wrong Way” – lying your way through
- “Acceptance” – moving ahead the way you really are
Somewhat slow starting and gradually gaining pace, this movie definitely hits the mark by the end. Interestingly, many Hollywood movies have a very impressive beginning and a (comparatively) pathetic ending. But not this one – it actually picks up the pace, suspense and overall quality towards the end. My impression was that the filmmakers dragged their feet through the opening and setup and couldn’t wait to get to the meat of the story, which is really in the second half of act 2 and act 3.
Overall, a pretty damn good movie.