MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 17, 2019 : Amy Poehler’s WINE COUNTRY

If you can’t get to wine country with your own girlfriends anytime soon, you could do far worse than tagging along with Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, and their crew as they celebrate female friendship in all its messy glory. Blending crisp whites and robust reds with both humor and introspection, Wine Country is like a cross between a buddy comedy and a midlife-crisis therapy session.

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WINE COUNTRY – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Netflix’s Wine Country isn’t quite Sideways for a gaggle of six middle-aged gals. For one, it is set in Napa and not Santa Barbara. For another, writers Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski, who show up on the screen as well, keep the dialogue at a sitcom-level pitch and packed with zingers.

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WINE COUNTRY – Review by Jennifer Merin

Amy Poehler’s directorial debut is a truly femme centric production — cast and 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.

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WINE COUNTRY – Review by Cate Marquis

Refreshingly, this is a female buddy comedy that is all about the women – and there is something cool about that. Wine Country follows the buddy comedy tropes of about long-time, aging friends, with familiar types and “getting older” jokes. But apart from some grumbling about one friend’s jerk husband, there are few conversations about men, and no obsessing over romance. Better yet, the story ‘s singular romantic subplot is with the one lesbian woman in the group. Basically, there is really only one male character, a houseboy/cook/driver/tour guide named Devon (Jason Schwartzman) who “comes with the house,” a character who is more a comic idiot than anything else.

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WINE COUNTRY – Review by Loren King

A terrific ensemble that includes Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler (who also directs) riffs its way through some predictable and formulaic gags in Poehler’s sitcom-y version of Sideways. The fun is in how these gifted sketch comics, many of them SNL alums including Tina Fey, banter with and play off one another.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 29 – March 6: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

Opening March 4, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a comedy set in the midst of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and Pakistan starring the incomparable Tina Fey. Read on…

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45 YEARS, STAR WARS 7, SON OF SAUL, SISTERS, and other December 18-30 Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay give glowing performances in 45 Years, a drama about managing a marriage through a time

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