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Actors: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Christine Baranski, Tom Skerritt, Joan Allen
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Faced with the decision of a lifetime, Arvilla Holden (Jessica Lange) hijacks her two best friends (Kathy Bates, Joan Allen) and sets off in a vintage '66 Bonneville convertible across the great American West to deliver he... more »
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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 8/24/2013...
When it comes to female â€śbuddyâ€ť films you canâ€™t beat this one! It is a chick flick yet has so much more to offer! Tom Skerritt is the secret ingredient that makes this a romantic comedy. He and Cathy Bates are perfect together! Joan Allen is happily married yet is drawn by friendship to take an adventurous trek with her two best pals. And Jessica Lange is the widow who has her own plans for her deceased husbandâ€™s remainsâ€¦. thus the trek down through some of the most beautiful country in the world (from Idaho to California)! The Bonneville (a classic just like these three women) takes them on a most memorable trip to deliver the ashes to the old mans daughter (Christine Baranski) who hates her fatherâ€™s second wife so much she wants the remains along with the home of the woman her father loved the past 20 years. Just how much of those ashes will remain by the time they get to California? And where are the rest? This is a fun memorable trip that makes a thoroughly enjoyable movie!
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Andrea G. from GLENDALE, AZ
Reviewed on 1/16/2010...
Open road and great 60-70s music!! Perfect cast. Loved this movie!
Starr B. (vtcountrygirl) from DADE CITY, FL
Reviewed on 11/2/2009...
I enjoyed this movie greatly. Very funny in spots and then very sad in others. The bonds of friendship were heartwarming....
Angie Kathleen L. from OREM, UT
Reviewed on 9/17/2009...
This is a gentle movie with many laugh-out-loud moments and clear changes to the three main characters. It tells the story of a recent widow who, along with two friends, drives her husband's treasured red Bonneville from Idaho to California. The purpose is to deliver the deceased's ashes to his daughter by an earlier marriage--for burial by his first wife. Because the man's will was not updated after the second marriage, the couple's home of 20-years now legally belongs to the first wife's daughter. She promises to take the house unless the recent widow gives her the ashes for burial. The conflict comes from the second wife's promise to scatter the ashes.
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A Little Film with Heart: Appreciating Fine Actors
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 07/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"BONNEVILLE creeps up on the viewer. It is a solid marriage of light comedy and sentiment and the somewhat slight story is brought to life by the natural gifts of a trio of superb actors. Why it did not find popularity in the theaters is probably due to the topic of death and the cast of 'older actresses', but it is a solid little film that deserves more attention.
Arvilla (Jessica Lange) has lost her husband of 20 years and promised to scatter his ashes over places the couple loved. Her step daughter Francine (Christine Baranski) demands the 'ashes' be buried next to her mother's grave in Santa Barbara, threatening her stepmother with eviction from her Pocatello, Idaho home if Arvilla doesn't comply. Two of Arvilla's friends - the restless widow Margene (Kathy Bates) and the oh-so-Mormon Carol (Joan Allen) support their friend and plan to fly with Arvilla to take the ashes to Santa Barbara. But circumstances begin to change when the threesome bond tightly and decide to take Arvilla's husband's old Bonneville on a road trip to California. From here on the film is a Road Trip - a time when the three women learn lessons about life and death and love and compassion from each other - and from a young hitchhiker Bo (Victor Rasuk of 'Saving Victor Vargas', 'Stop-Loss' etc) and trucker Emmett (Tom Skirrett). The trip from Idaho to California passes through some of the Southwest's most beautiful scenery, places once shared by Arvilla and her late husband, and slowly the urn of ashes is distributed along the way to the dreaded Santa Barbara funeral.
Christopher N. Rowley directs this sweet story by Daniel D. Davis with great respect for the gifts of the three fine actors, allowing them to show us just why they remain some of our finest talent on the screen. It is not a great film, but it has such a fine heart that we can relax and just ride along with it. Grady Harp, July 08"
A Rare Gem
Vittoria de Artemisia | California | 06/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bonneville is that rarest of gems; an intelligent, wonderful movie that stars women over the age of 50. Jessica Lange plays Arvilla, a recently widowed woman who has promised to deliver her husband's ashes to her hostile step-daughter, Francine (Christine Baranski) in California. Her two friends, played by Kathy Bates and Joan Allen, won't let her make the trip alone. They set out in Arvilla's late husband's Bonneville convertible intending to drive to the airport, but Arvilla changes her mind and decides to drive to some of her late husband's favorite places. This is a great road trip/female buddy movie with flawless performances, beautiful scenery, laughter and tears, even a little romance mixed in along the way. Bonneville only recieved limited release in theaters apparently because of the common Hollywood belief that people only want to see movies that are loaded with special effects and violence. So, even if you've never heard of this movie, buy it! You won't be disappointed."
Bates, Lang, Allen, Baranski....a great movie with the top d
Shannon L. Yarbrough | St. Louis, MO USA | 07/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I picked up this movie through Netflix as a recommedation for liking Kathy Bates. I'd never heard of it, but I'm a sap for "Thelma and Louise" type movies so I gave it a try. And I'm glad I did.
Thelma and Louise fans will definitely relate to this one, despite there being three ladies in the convertible this time. The similarities are astounding...right down to them picking up a cute hitch hiker and coming into possession of a lot of money, and wearing the signature scarves and sunglasses with the top down. But, Bonneville definitely stands on its own and has it's own completely different storyline.
Yeah, it's a bit of a sappy movie. Two women driving cross country with their recently widowed sister to deliver her dead husband's ashes to his demanding daughter (a small part played by Baranski). But anyone who has lost a loved one, or possibly had to deal with overbearing family members who weren't always around when the person was living, will definitely relate.
The ending is completely predictable, and plays out just as I expected it would but with a nice simple twist at the end. But just as the overall theme of the movie resonates, sometimes it is more important to just throw up your hands, shrug it off, and accept what life hands to you today. You'll always have your memories, and no one can take that away from you.
A true gem of a movie that will make you laugh and cry, and an all star cast that does it justice!!"