Directed by Amy Poehler
Starring Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch
While psychoanalyst Rebecca (Rachel Dratch) takes pains throughout Wine Country to say that it wasn’t her idea to celebrate her 50th birthday via a weekend in Napa, it’s hard to argue that the idea isn’t genius. The getaway seems tailor-made both for the group of female friends in the movie, each confronting a problematic
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Wine Country is no Sideways. The six longtime friends at the center of Wine Country’s women-behaving-badly premise are too preoccupied with their own neuroses to appreciate the differences between Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio. A quick roll call: There’s birthday celebrant Rebecca (Rachel Dratch), who strenuously cultivates a zen outlook despite growing indications that she’s married to a jerk; Abby (Amy Poehler), who substitutes the terror of unemployment for almost-OCD levels of planning; Catherine (Ana Gasteyer), who feels left out because of an addiction to work and her cellphone; Naomi (Maya Rudolph), whose manic riffs mask a health scare; Val (Paula Pell), a lesbian seeking to get her groove back after life-enhancing knee surgery; and Jenny (Emily Spivey), who isn’t really sure she wants to be there anyway. Douse middle-age agitas in liberal doses of liquor, watch comedy ensue.
These are all characters you’ve seen before, done revolutionary in Bridesma
Wine Country is currently streaming on Netflix.