Wine Country is hilarious and heartfelt. Six old friends go to Napa for a 50th birthday celebration and things happen that set off memories, old resentments, new worries, and cement friendships.
Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey, and Paula Pell are the six friends in Wine Country.
They are joined by Tina Fey as the woman who owns the house they rent for the weekend and Jason Schwartzman as Devon, who “comes with the house.” Cooking doesn’t seem to be his only chore. . .
Cherry Jones as Lady Sunshine, the Tarot card reader, does a funny bit. Maya Erskine as Jade the waitress/artist attracts the amorous attentions of Paula Pell’s character Val.
This is women’s storytelling, the kind of friendship story women have wanted on their screens for a long time. This is the kind of storytelling that goes straight into a woman’s nervous system, heart, and mind. No guns, no fight scenes, no car chases. The most violent thing that happens is when Maya Rudolph takes a drunken tumble off the top of a piano.
All these women are circling the 50 year mark, not just the birthday girl. Each has her own issues. Bad marriages, health scares, loneliness, and job loss are a few. These friends compensate by singing and dancing, drinking wine, talking vaguely about taking molly, and finally getting down to the truth of the matter with each other.
Wine Country was written by Liz Cackowski and Emily Spivey and directed by Amy Poehler. Completely wonderful film.