Review: ‘Wine Country’ serves up light comedy from Amy Poehler




While the thought owes an obvious debt to “Bridesmaids” and the various copycats that unleashed, the distinguishing attribute proper right here is that the half-dozen characters are at a significantly completely totally different stage of life — one the place their ladies weekend is constructed spherical celebrating a pal’s 50th birthday.

As a consequence, the gang is pivoting in the direction of further middle-aged concerns, corresponding to how leisure medication may fit along with the various prescription pharmaceuticals of their journey baggage, providing proof of the hole between their care-free 20s and the oft-repeated refrain, “Things we say now.”

All of the characters fall into quickly identifiable types, with Poehler’s Abby the divorced organizer who plans out the whole Napa Valley weekend on a strict itinerary, Maya Rudolph as a result of the harried mom experiencing just a little little bit of a midlife catastrophe, and Ana Gasteyer as a result of the workaholic who can not stop dictating messages into her phone.

Rounding out the group are birthday gal Rebecca (Rachel Dratch), who’s oblivious to the precise truth no particular person likes her husband; Jenny (Emily Spivey, one different “SNL” alum who moreover co-wrote the script), who would love staying at dwelling; and Val (Paula Pell), who want to uncover a girlfriend.

The group rents a house owned by the eccentric Tammy (Poehler’s former “Weekend Update” affiliate Tina Fey), who snarkily anticipates that there’ll possible be baring of souls as quickly because the vino begins flowing.

The women resent the inference nonetheless lastly get spherical to doing merely that, after boozy renditions of quite a lot of earlier songs (ranging from the Bangles and Prince to the “Xanadu” soundtrack); a barely unsettling session with a tarot card reader (Cherry Jones); and an unscheduled journey to an art work current, which principally creates an excuse to grouse about pampered Millennials.

There is a fertile vein contained in the questions of how friendships evolve over time, significantly as people age from the acute experiences that convey them collectively of their school and post-college years.

Precisely because of that’s such a well-recognized, well-worn trope, the movie’s best components come out of the easy camaraderie that the actresses exhibit, augmented by random insults, wine-soaked confessions and references to experiences and the music that these women shared, versus what “Seinfeld” might identify the “hugging and learning” supplies.

Although the film is receiving a restricted theatrical launch together with hitting Netflix, these on the market for such a low-key practice may merely file it under “Things we stream now when we stay home on the weekends.” Consumed that method, “Wine Country'” goes down like an excellent pinot grigio — one factor which might not be a medal winner, nonetheless which isn’t half harmful.

“Wine Country” premieres in select theaters on May 8 and May 10 on Netflix.




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