Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA, 2018. thefyzz, CISS, Chapman-Leonard, Company 3, GreenSlate, Lee & Thompson, Paso Catering, Ramo Law, Service Fish, Snap Sound, Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, Tunnel Post. Screenplay by Victor Levin. Cinematography by Giorgio Scali. Produced by Elizabeth Dell, Robert Jones, Gail Lyon. Music by William Ross. Production Design by Callie Andreadis. Costume Design by Justine Seymour. Film Editing by Matt Maddox.
Suppressed-rage case Keanu Reeves and motormouthed neurotic Winona Ryder end up on the same tiny plane heading to the remote town of Paso Robles. Hating each other on sight, they’re devastated to learn that they are both going to the same wedding, he because the groom is his half brother and she because the groom is her ex-fiancee. Over the course of a few days these two fight, drink, have sex, ward off a mountain lion, cuddle and break up, their insulting each other’s shortcomings softening with an increased familiarity. The low-grade quality of this production is an insult to these two stars, you get the sense that the whole thing is made in static two-shots that barely register any other actors around them because they only had a few days to shoot; when done well, this sort of thing can highlight the good writing, but there’s none to be found in this untalented version of Conversations With Other Women. Instead you’re treated to two stereotypes being at least given some glamour by the actors playing them, who pull off lengthy monologues that are broken up by very weird turns of the plot (like an unpleasant sex scene in the middle of a field that hurts us all) but whose characters never actually experience any points of insight or growth.