Title: Wine Country
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Amy Poehler
Starring: Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph
Runtime: 1 hr 43 mins
What It Is: Six women who met as young women working at a pizza shop are reuniting to celebrate one of them turning 50 years old. As Abby (Poehler) stresses over every detail. Catherine (Ana Gasteyer) can’t relax and just vacation. Meanwhile, Rebecca (Dratch) who’s birthday it’s supposed to be is having an existential crisis. Each woman going through something and all of it coming to blows in a beautiful home in the middle of wine country.
What We Think: These are some funny women being funny. That’s all this ever needed to be to succeed. Succeed it does. Amy Poehler doesn’t have to do much just point the camera at her friends and go. Maya Rudolph absolutely STEALS almost every scene. She’s the real MVP. To be fair though everyone gets their moment to shine. Do you know how difficult that is to do? That might be the biggest testament to Poehler in her first feature behind the camera. Laughs at every turn mask the inconsistencies in a few of the beats, which for me don’t add entirely add up.
Our Grade: B-, It does the one task that a comedy should do. It made me laugh. I laughed quite a bit too. Enough to be able to see over some of the faults in the narrative. Netflix, as I’ve mentioned numerous times before is very hit or miss with their films. For once they made something good and funny. Something modern and ridiculous. Jason Schwartzman makes a cameo role here and he’s fantastic in the spots they put him in. This is a full recommendation and certainly one that Netflix users shouldn’t underestimate. I had a good time. That’s all I want out of my comedies. Don’t try too hard and make me laugh.