The ingredients should work, but this debut feature by Eleanor Coppola ends up hard to digest.
They say you should never meet your heroes. That might go double for seeing movies about them.
Clever writing and empathic connections between actors make up for logical deficiencies in a tale that takes heteronormative assumptions to almost dizzying heights.
Remember that horrific scene in Alien where the creature first bursts from the chest of John Hurt’s Gilbert Kane? Yeah—that’s nothing.
There’s no history to ground the marriage or to explain what their younger, more attractive partners see in these stiffs.