Sofia Coppola scrapes the underside of the pretentious barrel in her newest flip as author and director. On The Rocks has a rich Manhattanite succumbing to her ageing lothario father’s misgivings about her marriage. The plot of a poorly written sitcom is stretched like taffy right into a vapid character examine. The result’s a painfully gradual and uninteresting slog into the lives of city elites. An tried discourse on the character of monogamy lands with a thud. On The Rocks is a giant disappointment from begin to end.
Rashida Jones stars as Laura, a spouse, mom to 2 younger women, and author struggling to complete her newest ebook. Her husband, Dean (Marlon Wayans), has an thrilling profession as a profitable entrepreneur. He travels regularly with a cadre of enticing assistants. Laura is particularly jealous of the gorgeous Fiona (Jessica Henwick). She’s turn into more and more cautious of Dean’s late work nights and enterprise journeys along with her.
Bill Murray co-stars as Felix, Laura’s playboy father who waxes philosophical on all facets of the fairer intercourse. A infamous womanizer, he is satisfied Dean is dishonest on his beloved daughter. Felix stokes Laura’s paranoia till she’s a keen confederate to spy on her husband. The father daughter duo go to excessive lengths to catch Dean within the act.
On The Rocks has molasses drip pacing. The movie focuses an inordinate period of time on Laura’s every day life. She’s a dutiful mom who shepherds her youngsters from faculty to playdates. Ignoring the inanities of fellow well-to-do wives and their useless obsessions. She sits blankly at her pc with author’s block. Simmering in self-doubt whereas residing in materials consolation. These scenes are then adopted by laughably gaudy, upper-crust hobnobbing. Felix and Laura drink fancy cocktails, eat caviar on a stakeout, and attend gallery events whereas discussing males’s incapability to be trustworthy. It’s a canine and pony present crammed with pompous characters.
The relationship on the heart of this Apple TV+ authentic is flawed, unbelievable, and borderline offensive. Bill Murray is neither charming or witty because the lecherous Felix. He’s an unrepentant cheater who flirts like a attractive teenager within the presence of his daughter. Then has the conceitedness to babble incessantly in regards to the traits of an excellent lady. It’s not possible to imagine that Laura would spend any time round this man. Or belief his instincts when she has an ostensibly supportive and caring husband. She grew up with a philanderer. Why would she have any religion in her father’s judgment about marriage?
I can not fathom what appealed to Marlon Wayans about his supporting function. He may have been changed by a cardboard cutout and nobody would discover. This is actually his tamest efficiency. Sofia Coppola wastes his comedian expertise, whereas straining credulity with each different facet of this movie. There’s nothing humorous, endearing, or to be brutally frank, likeable right here. On The Rocks is a manufacturing of American Zoetrope. It is presently in restricted theatrical launch from A24 movies. It can be out there to stream October 23rd on Apple TV+.
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