How can so much talent result in so little?
This “dramatic” “comedy” misses every narrative beat, covering mental health, death, sex and money with no meaningful statement or focus.
The script and direction from Weiner is a wholly different project from Mad Men, which he is, of course, free to pursue. There is, however, no excuse for allowing David Carbonara’s terrible soundtrack, Chris Manley’s tedious cinematography, the continual shifting of tones and the complete waste of Amy Poehler.
The only saving graces are Laura Ramsey and Paul Schulze in supporting roles, but even then it’s scraping the barrel.
Wilson and co. aim for something deep and profound, but there’s nothing to be found here aside from disappointment and frustration.
CAST: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler
DIRECTOR: Matthew Weiner
WRITERS: Matthew Weiner
SYNOPSIS: Two childhood best friends embark on a road trip back to their hometown after one of them learns he has inherited a large sum of money from his recently-deceased estranged father.