Can this group of longtime friends take a trip to wine country to celebrate a 50th birthday and truly have a good time?
That’s the premise behind Amy Poehler’s directorial debut. Wine Country, made with its Netflix run primarily in mind, comes from the pens of Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski, but Poehler’s story credit seems to go a long way, too, as well as her forever connection to that Saturday Night Live portion of her career.
Here we have women very different in how their lives have turned since they all met working in a pizza place decades ago.
The rub that’s played out here is: Will that loose connection they’ve kept over these years wear well or set them afire when the troubles that life undoubtedly piles upon all come to light with constant contact.
Yes, there’s humor, as you’d expect when Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph share scenes.
Watching in the living room with my dear wife Karen, daughter Elisabeth and significant George, we thought it an hour, 43-minutes not wasted. The women had an undeniable chemistry and the story was worth wondering about, too.