I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
Great movie. Not sure what people expected but I found it highly entertaining.
We waited, and waited, and waited, and then it ended. It was slow, maudlin, and ultimately dull. A pointless waste of talent. Too bad. We still love you, Sam!
Sam Elliot, the guy his voice, his mustache and gravitas was
the hero of this movie, for without it the movie would be all but
unwatchable, whereas with him you are mesmerized to watch
to the end where you realize it's really not a good movie.Sam Elliot and his wife are in this movie. Katherine Ross from
a long, long time ago plays the ex-wife of Elliot's character.I wanted to like this movie and I kind of did, but at a certain
point you realize there is nothing here. Elliot's character is
buoyed up by Elliot's image and the fact that at 70 he can
still attract a 30-something Laura Prepon. Ridiculous ... yes
indeed. Made further ridiculous by the fact that Prepon's
character is a stand up comedian, and when Elliot comes to
watch her perform she tells every hackneyed geriatric joke
she can think of, humiliating him, thus making him more
sympathetic to the audience. This is what this movie is about,
cheap tricks with very good casting.Then there is the scene where Elliot at 70 has the bad judgement
to take a drug with his champagne on the way to receive his
acting lifelong achievement award. He totally humiliates himself
by calling an older woman up from the audience and giving the
award to her. Supposedly this video makes it way to social media
and people go crazy over it.What is good about this movie, and the reason I give it a 3/10
and not a 0-2 is that between elements of a really bad plot, the
person to person scenes with Elliot and his family, friends and
absurd new love interest, the movie somehow works off the
charisma of Elliot himself who is always fun to watch.Whatever is good in this film is owed to Elliot and Nick Offerman
who plays Elliot's friend and pot dealer who show the elusive
intimate working of a male - male non-gay friendship. That is
kind of a miracle in Hollywood right there.It's a bad movie with some choice moments that makes one
wonder why Elliot never became the star he should have because
the camera loves him.3/10
Juliet van Ree
As the title of my review says I believe this to be the most honest movie in years. Now I know that sounds like a contradiction because movies are usually for entertainment and don't need much honesty. But this movie is different.Of course it is entertaining and contains humor. But more than humor it contains an insight to getting older, dealing with loss and still being able to find joy. This movie doesn't polish away the less beautiful sides of life and it doesn't ignore controversial topics. The writer did an excellent job providing a great story and this movie should be rewarded for that. But even more it should be rewarded for the actors who are so much in character that you don't know if it's acting or truth. Warning spoiler ahead: One scene in particular was amazing. It is the scene where the Sam Elliott does a script reading with Nick Offerman. In this scene both are moved to tears. Now the fact that it's a script reading within a movie (script within a script) and that they still made it look so real is unbelievable. I can understand how this movie is not for everyone. A lot of people will simply live too much in the now to feel comfortable with watching these topics that aren't easy. But if you do, please go watch this. You will not regret it and possibly it will even give you inspiration and comfort for hard times to come.
We like Sam Elliot and he does well with this role, but not as well as a similar role in Off The Map.There was SO MUCH MORE that this story line had to offer but instead the director relied on artsy and scenery shots. We felt our time was wasted watching this.Another thing that disappointed was how the 'back story' didn't clue in and in fact discounted westerns! The awards ceremony audience echoed this in how it appeared 'aged and clueless but adoring in what seemed a mindless way'. May all the great Hollywood cowboys haunt the creators of this (waste of) film.