On The Rocks is the latest vehicle for Bill Murray, an actor who’s been around so long that he hasn’t had an agent for some time, and just picks and chooses the projects which are of interest.
Here, he reunites with writer/director Sofia Coppola, following 2003’s superb Lost In Translation. His opposite number, this time, is Rashida Jones, as his daughter, Laura, who’s just got married to Dean (Marlon Wayans). They already have two kids, but soon the celebrations have ended, she’s having doubts about whether to trust him, because he went on a business trip with his female assistant – Fiona (Jessica Henwick) – and put some her toiletries in his baggage. This is the basis of the film and, as for whether or not he’s playing away, you’ll have to watch and find out. I had to.
Along the way, Laura goes for lunch with her Dad, but when she gets in his car, it’s sunny, but on arrival at the restaurant, it’s raining. Erm… continuity?
Naturally, Bill Murray can act anyone off the screen and as they get into their time together, he talks about what attracts men to women, amongst other inconsequential chat.
Overall, On The Rocks is interesting to watch, but goes on rather too long without much direction. It’s generally just watching Bill Murray be Bill Murray which is fine… to a point. I was Lost In… waiting for a plot.
On The Rocks is on Apple TV+ now, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Check out the trailer below:
Running time: 96 minutes
Release date: October 23rd 2020
Studio: A24 / Apple TV+
Director: Sofia Coppola
Producers: Sofia Coppola, Youree Henley
Screenplay: Sofia Coppola
Felix: Bill Murray
Laura: Rashida Jones
Dean: Marlon Wayans
Fiona: Jessica Henwick
Vanessa: Jenny Slate
Maya: Liyanna Muscat
Theo: Alexandra Reimer / Anna Reimer
Gran: Barbara Bain
Amanda: Juliana Canfield
Diane: Alva Chinn
Officer O’Callaghan: Mike Keller
Musto: Musto Pelinkovicci
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