A Walk in the Woods Tuesday, 31 March 2020

A Walk in the Woods

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Take a hike.

  • Starring:

    Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, Susan McPhail, Mimi Gould

  • Directed by:

    Ken Kwapis

  • Running time:

    104 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Two men slide down an embankment, fall into a creek. A bunk bed collapses with people inside. Bears raid a campsite. Internet articles refer to violent deaths on the Appalachian Trail (ritualistic savagery, murders, dismemberment, newlyweds mauled by bair). Dangerous driving. Blowing our brains out (comic), boyfriend in prison, outstanding warrants, rolled my car, stalag, stolen boat, man with shotgun, kill her (comic), kill me (comic) mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Decomposed body, rabies, poison, colonoscopy, seizures, bleeding feet mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Oral sex (implied). Kissing, flirting, ogling. Frequent references to sex, affairs, infidelity, oral sex, past partners, women. STD, bestiality jokes. Men in underwear, hairy bum crack, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits). Drink driving. Drink ourselves to death, drinking problem, getting drunk, prescribed beta-blocker, beer mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, bastard, bugger. Name-calling. Derogatory term for women. Slang for bodily waste and genitals. Fat jokes. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Bill Bryson, the Appalachian Trail, friends, alcoholism, sobriety, camping, fitness, ageing, television interviews.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased friends, coffin. Funeral setting. Plane, dogs, bears, waterfalls, lightning, thunder, snowstorm. Based on the book by Bill Bryson.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Funny, delightful, unpretentious, pleasurable, amusing, light, pleasant, feel-good. Wonderful cast, scene-stealing cameos from Kristen Schaal and Mary Steenburgen, gorgeous scenery, splendid aerial location shots, comfortable pacing, droll tone, competent screenplay.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable, broad, bland, workmanlike, episodic, middling, low-stakes, lame. Uninspired/colourless writing, maddening direction, misfiring gags.

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