Three middle-aged Mormon ladies from Idaho tie scarves around their heads, don sunglasses, and fly across the American landscape in a convertible like theyre Thelma and Louise, yet this rarity in cinema--a graying cast in a female-bonding adventure--couldnt be more dull-humored or predictably maudlin without just calling itself The Bucket List 2. Arvilla (Jessica Lange) wants to honor her late husbands wishes of spreading his cremated ashes, but her bitchy stepdaughter (Christine Baranski) will steal her house away if she doesnt send whats left of Daddy to Santa Barbara. Road trip! Accompanied by sassmouth Margene (Kathy Bates) and prissy pragmatist Carol (Joan Allen)--the latter a plant for the Latter-Day Saints: Oh my heck, I think I just drank vodka! or Coffee? What kind of a Mormon are you?--Arvilla sets out on a journey of enlightenment in which all three women will learn a little something about themselves, and how best to make us roll our eyes. First-time director Christopher N. Rowley and writer Daniel D. Davis have created a safe fantasy world where all truckers are gentlemen, as are the hitchhikers, and women stereotypically break anything they try to drive.
Christopher N. RowleyJessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Christine Baranski, Victor Rasuk, Tom Amandes, Tom Wopat, Bruce Newbold, Jodi Russell, Tom SkerrittDaniel D. Davis, Christopher N RowleyRobert May, John KilkerSenart Films Releasing