Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Bonneville - DVD Review

BONNEVILLE (***) - Starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Tom Skerritt, Christine Baranski, Victor Rasuk and Tom Wopat. Directed by Christopher Rowley.

The story's kinda boring on its own, but this is an example of casting breathing life into a movie. A widow has her two friends join her on a road trip from Idaho to California to deliver her late husband's ashes to her snooty stepdaughter. The three talented actresses get to shine in roles they don't often get (what has Joan Allen really been able to do lately besides chase Jason Bourne?) So if it had been three mid-level actresses, this would have been Lifetime Channel treacle. I believe these three ladies have nine nominations and two Academy Awards among them, which makes for a pleasant road trip.

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