(2008) ** Pg
93 min. SenArt Films. Director: Christopher N. Rowley. Cast: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Christine Baranski, Victor Rasuk.
Three women don head scarves and sunglasses, get in a convertible, and go on a road trip past big rigs and picturesque canyons. It may sound like Thelma and Louise from someone who can't count, but in fact this is the plot of Bonneville. The women, Mormons transporting the ashes of one's husband, are played by Jessica Lange, Joan Allen, and Kathy Bates. The discrepancy between these proven talents and the hackneyed material cannot help but put one in mind of The Bucket List,—the type of obvious but populist entertainment that splits audiences. If it sounds like fun to watch Bates and her friends squeal with glee at each thrilling adventure—like magic fingers in the motel and a slot machine in Vegas—who am I to stop you? But I will point out that, as written by a man and directed by a man, it's not as feminist as it sounds.
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