Cinema65 – 14 September, 1:30pm
Echoing his witty writing style, Bill Bryson’s memoir of his trek up the Appalachian Trail is adapted as a gently amusing comedy that combines big landscapes with sharp observational humour.
Rich Cline, Contactmusic
The premise of bickering old friends forced together while out of their comfort zones has been done before, but the two leads’ star power and easy charm makes this an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
Georgia Morgen, Liverpool Echo
Redford plays Bill Bryson who, instead of retiring to enjoy his wife (Thompson) and family, challenges himself to the epic hike over America’s unspoiled and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find is anything but once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join – his long lost former friend Katz (Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying debts.
USA 2015, 98 min, rated M (language, sexual references)
Directed by Ken Kwapis
Starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman & Kristen Schaal.
Based on the novel by Bill Bryson.