A Walk in the Woods feels like Planes, Trains and Automobiles in a dressing gown and some comfy slippers.
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte make for a wonderfully odd couple, but the script gives them little to do other than some slapstick and the occasional ‘dad joke’.
They’re not the only ones who feel underused; comedy legends like Kristen Schaal and Nick Offerman get about two lines apiece, while Emma Thompson’s role of Bryson’s wife is a particularly thankless one.
Even the setting gets short shrift, the handsomely shot mountains replaced with laughably bad green-screen.
As an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s writing A Walk in the Woods is disappointing, but there’s still pleasure to be had in seeing two veteran actors taking a hike together.
CAST: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal, Nick Offerman, Mary Steenburgen
DIRECTOR: Ken Kwapis
WRITERS: Rick Kerb, Bill Holderman, Bill Bryson
SYNOPSIS: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson (Redford) returns to the US, where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.