Talk about a road trip. “Country Strong” director Shana Feste is back on the big screen with a very funny, very personal slice of life that’s, well, literally sliced right from her own life.
In “Boundaries,” Vera Farmiga steps in as a Feste-surrogate (the film is loosely based on the filmmaker’s own family life and a trip she took with her dad back in the ’80s), who is forced to embark on a wacky road trip with her drug dealer dad Jack (Christopher Plummer). It already sounds ill-fated on paper — Jack has recently been kicked out of his nursing home for his bad behavior, and he’s hellbent on living it up while the family drives cross-country to deliver him to Farmiga’s sister, played by Kristen Schaal — but only gets more off-kilter as the wheels keep spinning.
The film also features “A Monster Calls” breakout Lewis MacDougall as Farmgia’s son, assuring the film can at least boast one of the best on-screen families the summer has to offer. (And that’s to say nothing of the rest of the supporting cast, including Peter Fonda and Bobby Cannavale.)
“We clicked right away; me with Plummer is like a dog left alone with his hamburger,” Farmiga told Entertainment Weekly of the actors’ dynamic. “The world just drops away, and I eat him up because he’s so delicious. Don’t let his prestige and his fancy-schmancy aura fool you. He’s a clown, he’s a jester, the sort of person you just laugh with most of the time. He’s the goddamn life of the party still at 88.”
The film debuted at SXSW, where our Eric Kohn wrote that “it’s rewarding enough to hang with these characters and roll with their mudslinging…its message of learning to love your relatives in spite of their flaws registering on a far simpler scale than the undercurrent of multi-generational resentment percolating throughout the story.” Check out the first trailer for “Boundaries,” thanks to EW, below.
“Boundaries” opens on June 22.