It stars Woody Harrelson and I usually enjoy him in films but I don't think he's made one I enjoyed as much. Paul Schrader directed it and there are times when I'm really into his 80s "Cat People" and times when I'm really not.
So it's not like I'm a screaming, shouting, fainting fan of the director or lead actor.
So it was surprising to me how much I enjoyed this film.
Woody's a "walker." He goes to events with married women and he's gay so it's not threatening to their husbands.
The women include Lauren Bacall, Lily Tomlin and Kristin Scott Thomas. On the last one, I don't think she's made many films that's lived up to her cameo in "Mission Impossible." I don't think that's a talent issue on her part, I do think it's an issue with the scripts she gets. For me "Gosford Park" is her best role. (Robert Altman directed it.) I think she does a good job with this role but she doesn't steal the picture. Lauren Bacall should be "Sticky Fingers Bacall" because she owns every scene she's in. She does an amazing job. And Lily's really good (thought I disliked her character about half-way in -- you will too).
I'm going to give you the first 15 minutes. Along with being a walker, he plays cards with Lily, Lauren and Kristin each week (I think on Wednesdays). They all gather and play cards and gossip. Kristin has some sort of a relationship with a man besides her husband and he ends up dead. She asks Woody to call the cops and not tell them she was there.
The cops think he's protecting her and they're using him and threatening him.
It's a story about convictions and courage and friends and foes.
And Woody's really great in it.
You can stream it online at Netflix (which is how I saw it). For Lauren Bacall alone, you've got to see it. But Woody's great and Lily's great and there are so many strong in small parts (Ned Beatty, for one). It will hold your attention and then some.
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