WINE COUNTRY – Review by Jennifer Merin
Wine Country, a Netflix original directed by Amy Poehler and scripted by Liz Cackowski and Emily Spivey, stars Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Maya Erskine, Tina Fey, Emily Spivey, Ana Gasteyer and Paula Pell in a thoroughly femme-centric turn at the familiar buddy road trip trope.
Poehler’s directorial debut is a truly femme-prevalent production — most of ensemble and much of the crew — through and through The ensemble is essentially a feminist reunion of Saturday Night Live sketch comediennes. And, Liz Cackowski and Emily Spivey’s script stakes out and covers territory that is certainly familiar to women who will delight in seeing the film’s refreshing feminist perspective on screen.
A group of gal pals who’ve been best friends for decades and who are now at or approaching the angsty realities of middle age, decide to reunite and set out for a cheerful getaway to cinematically scenic Napa to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of their crew. The weekend festivities, set down in a packed itinerary take many comedic turns while the women’s spirits and tongues are liberated by sampling ample quantities of red, white and rose. They shop ‘til they drop, sooth themselves by spa-ing, have their tarot fortunes told (by a delightfully dour Cherry Jones) and, in general, get naughty. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Wine Country is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for May 17, 2019