Tuesday, January 12, 2021

On the Rocks

I'm a huge fan of Sofia Coppola, but On the Rocks is easily her weakest film to date. It doesn't help that the repairing of Coppola with Bill Murray reminds us of the far superior Lost in Translation. For a writer/director that has most often looked to tackle stories from a dramatic point-of-view, On the Rocks's broader comedy is unexpected.

While Coppola was able to pull some terrific comic moments out of social commentary for The Bling Ring, the wacky adventures of a middle-aged woman (Rashida Jones) and her father (Murray) hoping to catch her husband (Marlon Wayans) having an affair sputters along not unlike the ridiculous sports car Murray's character drives around New York City. Murray certainly provides some charm, and all of it is needed to save the film from completely floundering.

Jones is fine in the role of Laura, but the character is little more than her questionable insecurity. I wouldn't go so far to call On the Rocks a bad film, but it's average to the point of being completely unremarkable (something I wouldn't have expected given the talent assembled here).

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